How to make lip-smacking Momos Chutney Recipe (Red Chutney)
Make hot and spicy red Chutney for that perfect combination to go with Momos – Follow along for easy recipe with step-by-step photos.
Momos are steamed dumplings that are very popular as Indian street food. The unique thing about Momos aren’t Momos themselves but the spicy red chutney that is served with them. This hot chutney is what adds to the overall taste of the Momos.
This was the first time we were making the Momos Chutney and it turned our fabulous. The good part of this recipe is that it is very similar to any Indian chutney recipe – just that in this recipe the vinegar, garlic, and soya sauce bring that ethnic flavor of North Eastern India to the chutney. The recipe we have here is simple to make and will take you about 15 minutes to make – just in time to serve with piping hot Momos. We paired this with Veg Momos but it can go with any kind of Momos – Chicken Momos, fried Momos, egg Momos, or any other variation out there.
Where does this Momos Chutney come from?
Momos are an ethnic North Eastern dish – these have origins in Tibet but also have influences of similar dishes from China and Japan. The Momo chutney also has direct influence from the North eastern regions of India but has a distinct South Indian touch because of the use of the local red chilli.
Our earliest memories of Momos was when we mistook it for Kozhukattai (sweet or spicy dumplings from Tamil Nadu) but were pleasantly surprised by not just the taste but the look and feel of how similar it is to the Kozhukattai. Momos are now found all over India in small one-man kiosks.
What red chillies to use for Momos Chutney?
The unique flavor and spiciness of this Chutney is the red Chilli. Here we have used Byadagi Chilli that is famous in Karnataka. The result was a Chutney that was super-hot but not hot like that of a Green Chilli. It is the after taste that makes this extremely spicy yet so delectable. The vinegar and the soya sauce add the distinct flavor and taste of this chutney – they also help in dulling some of the spiciness and help in the hot aftertaste.
I’ve tasted red chutneys that used Guntur chilies that are even hotter. Byadagi Chillies or Kashmir Chillies are supposed to be less spicy than Guntur Chillies. You can vary the spiciness by reducing or increasing the number of red chillies that you want for the Chutney. And depending on where you are, you can use the locally available red chilies – these form the basic foundation for the chutney so your final taste may vary based on the variety and the number of red chillies you use. You can also buy Byadagi Chillies on Amazon.
Is the Momos Chutney safe for kids?
The recipe we have here turned out to be very spicy – but our kids enjoyed it. We would warn however that you prepare a separate batch for them with a less spicier version (1 1/2 – 2 red chillies instead of 4). Also anything very spicy shoots up the body temperature so it’s best to start with a milder version not just for kids but even for those who are not used to eating very spicy foods.
What main-dish or snack to have with Momos Chutney?
Momos of-course. We ate this along with a Cabbage/Veg Momos but it can go along with any Momos variety. However this Chutney can also make for perfect partners to other traditional Indian street-foods such as Pakoras, Bajjis and Bondas. Check Indian snacks recipes here.
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Step-by-step recipe to make Momos Chutney, below.
- 4 nos tomato
- 4 nos red chilli
- 2 cups water
- 4 nos garlic
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 5 nos almond
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Soya sauce
- 1 pinch salt as per taste
How to make:
- Boil tomatoes and chillies in a kadai for 5 minutes.
- Peel out the skin of the tomatoes.
- Take out from the water and transfer into the plate. Allow them to cool.
- In a mixer, add tomotoes, red chillies, garlic, ginger, almond, sugar, vinegar, soya sauce and salt. Grind it smoothly.
- Yummy momos chutney is ready.