New born babies look a lot like monkeys. Sure, babies look cute after the initial couple of months, but I really couldn’t understand what beauty is there in a wrinkly, wriggly new born with skin coming off! All this thought process was, of course, before I became a mommy.
A very close friend’s son was born six months before Bebo. I saw him a couple of hours after he was born and I was absolutely blown away…that was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen!!! He didn’t remotely look like the wrinkly monkey face I was expecting. So I came out of the hospital thinking that ‘Yeah, some babies really do look beautiful’.
Six months later, when Bebo was born, I was again in for a shock. There he was – the most angelic looking child in the world!! He didn’t look like a monkey in the least!! So I thought, proudly, that there were indeed ‘Johnson & Johnson’ ads kind of new born babies too.
Now when I look at those photos, taken when Bebo was in hospital – well… he does look a bit like monkey. I mean, tightly closed eyes – clenched fists – skin peeling and all.. He looks very cute, but there is no denying that he looks just like all other new borns.
And now -all babies- new born or not, look very very cute to me. My niece was born last week and I was telling everyone (who would listen to me :D) how beautiful she looks.
People usually distribute sweets when babies are born, I deviated a bit and made momos, when my niece was born. I meant to share them, but they were so good that I didn’t even realize that I had almost finished the entire batch :D. So I am just going to give a visual treat to all of you and buy a pack of chocolate to distribute around here.
All purpose flour : 2 cups
Salt : 1/4 tsp or to taste
Oil : 1- 2 tsp
Water : To make the dough (approx 1/2 cup)
Cabbage : 2 1/2 cups, chopped into tiny bits (One small Cabbage)
Carrot : 1 cup (2-3), grated or chopped very fine
Onion : 1 medium, chopped fine
Mushrooms : 100 gms, chopped fine
Ginger garlic paste : 1 tsp
Green Chillies : 1-2 , per taste, chopped fine
Salt : to taste
Dry Red Chillies : 4-5 , soaked in a little warm water for 15 minutes
Garlic : 6-8 pods
Coriander Seeds : 1 tsp
Cumin (Jeera) Seeds : 1 tsp
Oil : 1 tbsp
Salt : 1/2 tsp
Sugar : 1 tsp
Vinegar : 3 tbsp
Soya Sauce : 1/2 tsp
- For the dough, add the flour, along with the salt in a big bowl. Add oil and add 1/4 cup water.
- Start kneading with your hands, adding water as you need to get a soft, but firm dough. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan, add the finely chopped onion, chillies and ginger garlic paste.
- Once its cooked, add the mushroom and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add cabbage and carrot. Cover and cook for a further 5 minutes till its cooked.
- Add salt, check the seasonings and adjust accordingly, and keep aside. I added a bit of Sabji masala, since I had them at home.
- Take the dough, tear off a small marble sized ball from it. Roll it out into small rounds, around 3″ or to the size of your palm.
- Place the rolled dough in your hand, and add a teaspoonful of the filling in the center.
- Follow the method in this video, cause I don’t think I will be able to put it in words.
- When you have made all your momos, steam them for about 8-10 minutes in a steamer. Check for doneness. Serve with a hot chilli sauce.
- For the chilli chutney, grind everything together except the vinegar and soya sauce. You can include the water in which the chillies are soaked too.
- Check the seasonings and add vinegar and soya sauce according to taste.
I didn’t have mushrooms at hand, so I just skipped using them.
I steamed the momos in an idli cooker.
I couldn’t get the frills right, so just pressed the edges together :D.
I already had some ready made garlic chilli sauce. So I didn’t make any. The original recipe for chutney is from Nita Mehta’s cookbook.