Everything To Know About The History And Origin Of Momos

History of momos
by Vinita Jain

Momos have become a national craze. About ten years ago, momo stalls were almost non-existent, but now you can’t cross a street without spotting momo stalls. Well, the foodies out there know this very well the hype is worth it. But, have you ever wondered from where exactly momos originated? Check out the history of momos and how they came to India.

History Of Momos

History of momos

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It has travelled to many regions and evolved in each place. As per beliefs, momos had originated in the 14th century. Well, it’s no surprise that both Nepal and Tibet are the birthplaces of momos. Nepali Newar traders used to visit Tibet a lot for trade and business. During those trips, Nepalese Newar traders found this recipe for momos.

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The dish was initially popular among the Newar communities in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. In Tibet, the filling of the dish usually consisted of meat such as yak, sometimes with potatoes and cheese.

However, after arriving in the Ganges plains of India, momo was made vegetarian to feed the majority of modern vegetarian Hindus. But, with time, people began selling chicken momos also.

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Here’s How Momos Entered India

History of momos

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Momos came to India in the 1960s. Initially, they came to the northeastern regions of India including Darjeeling, Sikkim, Ladakh, Dharamshala, etc. Nepali traders only brought this recipe to India. Also, the texture, taste, and flavour of momos are unique. It became one of the popular snacks in India. There are numerous varieties of momos enjoyed in places like West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Assam.

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Are you also craving momos now? Do treat yourself to a plate of piping-hot momos.

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