Student Recipe from PLANTLAB Culinary’s Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine: Raw Momos

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Vegetarian momos are already vegan and are usually served either steamed or fried. Since nobody has ever attempted to make a raw version of this dish, I jumped at the opportunity to take this up for my final assignment at PLANTLAB.

The raw vegan momo wrappers are made using coconut meat – a technique I learnt during the course. It’s fascinating that something like a momo wrapper can be made out of such a simple ingredient! Stuffed with finely chopped raw vegetables that give them their classic flavor and crunch, these momos are absolutely delightful. The first sauce is a spicy kimchi sauce made with homemade kimchi. It’s very similar to the spicy chili sauce that’s typically served with regular momos, except my kimchi version makes it much healthier. The almond tamarind chutney is a milder sauce that provides sweetness to balance the spiciness of the kimchi sauce. And finally, there’s a savory chili oil made of dried red chili, green onion and coriander.

I spent weeks testing out this recipe until I was happy with it. Hope you enjoy this one!

Raw Momos

Makes: 1 plate of 6 pcs
Active Time: 2 hrs

Making the Wrappers


  • 1 ½ cups young coconut meat, chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Water, as needed


  1. Blend until completely smooth
  2. Use an offset spatula to spread a thin and even layer on a non-stick sheet and dehydrate for 12 hours, or until dry but still pliable
  3. Cut into 3 – 3 ½ inch circles (should make a total of 6)

Making the Filling


  • 1 tbsp cashews finely chopped
  • ¼ cup carrot, brunoise
  • ½ cup cabbage, brunoise
  • ¼ cup green onion
  • ½ tsp ginger, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp coriander minced
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt


  1. Mix all the ingredients with a fork and keep aside

Making the Kimchi Sauce (Spicy)


  • ¼ cup kimchi, roughly minced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp dried red chili
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • ½ tsp agave
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lime juice


  1. Chop up the kimchi into very small chunks
  2. Blend all the remaining ingredients in a food processor
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add in the kimchi so it forms a thick and chunky sauce. If required, pulse for one or two seconds until incorporated, but making sure it remains chunky.

Making the Almond Tamarind Chutney (Sweet)


  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • ½ tsp ginger, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • 1 tsp fresh tamarind paste
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Warm water (to thin)


  1. Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth

Making the Green Onion Chili Oil (Savory)


  • 2 tbsp green onion finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp green chili, minced
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp coriander minced
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the coriander and mix into a small bowl of olive oil
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and whisk until combined



  1. Place a small portion of the filling in the center of each wrapper.
  2. Carefully fold the wrapper over into a semi-circle or crescent shape and press the ends with a touch of water to seal the momo.
  3. To plate, spread small portions of the kimchi sauce and the almond tamarind chutney side-by-side, along the edge of a round plate, and place the momos on top of the sauces.
  4. Serve the green onion chilli oil in a small dipping bowl placed just off the center of the plate.
  5. Serve a small portion of kimchi on the side, and garnish with finely chopped green onion.

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@vikas profile image
Check this out @mrsgarg @michaelsuchman @chefchantelle who knew you could make momo wrappers with coconut meat! 🥥🤤
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@therusticvegan I'd love to see if you can make these momo wrappers colorful! Can you do that with coconut meat?
@samyuktakartik profile image
Of course :) You can use coriander and a bit of spinach juice to make it green. Beetroot juice for pink. Turneric for yellow, and so on
@vikas profile image
So interesting will have to try that thank you!
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so innovative!
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