It is only due to a true foodie instinct and love for all things delicious, that in a city where vada pav, batata vada and panipuri rule, a certain dumpling delicacy from the far-eastern end of the country is gaining popularity as the newest street food obsession. We are talking about Mumbai’s love affair with momos. Momos are sumptuous dumplings stuffed with a variety of ground meat (mutton, chicken, lamb) or vegetables or cheese, either steamed, fried or grilled in a tandoor with desi twist. It is believed that Momos probably originated in China and passed through Tibet to the Himalayan regions. They are a significant part of Tibetan and Nepali cuisines
. Here are some places in Mumbai serving the best and most interesting varieties of momos.
Located in Carter Road Bandra, Kepchaki Momos was started by a hair stylist Milan Thapa, in a bid to recreate the sumptuous dumplings he would get in his village back in Nepal. These tender meat fillings cast in a thin maida moulds are delightful. Kepchaki Momos also has dumplings in vegetarian , pork and prawn variants.
Where: Shop1, Sea Spray, Opposite City Bank ATM, Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Cost For Two(approx.): INR 100 for a plate of chicken momos, INR 110 for paneer momos, INR 90 for vegetarian momos
2.The Appetite Momos
Vegetarian Momos, Chilli Momo, Egg Momos,Chicken Achari Momo, Paneer Achari Momos, Mutton Nawabi Momos – you name it and they have it. This is a true haven for all momo lovers in the city. Pocket-friendly and delicious, these dumplings are a must try.
Where: Dada Patil Wadi, Opposite Kotak Mahindra ATM, Railway Station, Naupada, Thane West
Cost For Two(approx.): INR 75 for Chicken and Paneer Momos, INR 50 for vegetarian momos
3.Dev’s Momos Hut
A modest momo kiosk, Dev’s Momo Hut serves, deliciously loaded chicken, paneer and vegetarian momos with a lip-smacking garlic and tomato chilly chutney. They’ve just set up a second stall outside the Lower Parel station too.
Where: Kashinath Dhuru Marg, In Front of Sahakari Bhandar, Near Siddhivinayak Temple,
Cost For Two(approx.): INR 70 for chicken and paneer momos, INR 60 for vegetarian momos
4. New Serneya
Renowned for its Tibettan and Burmese fare, New Sernyaa has become Andheri’s go-to spot for satisfying your cravings for momos, thukpas and dimsum. They also have one outlet in Malad. Do try their prawn pan fried momos, and pork momos.
Where: 185, Oshiwara Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri West
Cost For Two(approx.): INR 100 for a plate of chicken momos, INR 90 for vegetarian momos
5. Bhukka Sher
Tandoori Momos are one of the best fusion foods of recent times. If you are looking to munch on something chatpataand crispy, Bhukka Sher’s Tandoori Momos are a must try. Tandoori Shezwan, Tandoori Reshmi, and Malai tandoor, there are options galore. Their Chilly Gravy Butter Momos are nothing like anything you’ve had before.
Where: Society 86, D6, Near Janki Devi School, MHADA, Andheri West
Cost For Two(approx.): INR 139 for a plate of tandoori chicken momos, INR 119 for vegetarian momos
So what are you waiting for, get set to gobble down these interesting dumpling delicacies soon.