Ah, my heart! We love these to the moon and back, isn’t it? From ordering steamed to fried, we can gorge on these amazing creations forever. If you do not know what momos or dumplings are, let me just save you some time and reproduce what Wikipedia says: Momo is a type of South Asian dumpling; native to Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, North Indian region of Ladakh, Northeast Indian regions of Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. It is similar to Chinese baozi and jiaozi, Mongolian buuz, Japanese gyoza and Korean mandu. The place where this food originated is contested, it could be either Nepal or Tibet. The Tibetan diaspora of South Asia is said to have been the creators of this dish.

If you are in Delhi, you will find several momo stalls outside the college premises. Reason being, they are easy on the pocket, apt for your in- between classes hunger pangs, to kill boredom, etc. If you are in the Northeastern part of India, the craze is equal but tastes may differ. North India is known for the spices and there are many places which served momos that have a peculiar curry taste in the stuffing. There are rare stances of boiled vegetables or meat inside the same.

Many of you must be wondering how to control eating momos because they are probably not fitting inside your diet plans. Let me just make it clear, momos have no nutritional value. One plate of vegetarian momos has probably 600 -650 calories and if that’s a chicken one it would range from 700 -750 calories depending upon the mayo or the sauce you are consuming simultaneously. It is important to note that momos have gluten because it is made from white flour and is not to be consumed by those suffering from PCOS or heavy menstrual bleeding.

I will tell you a few tricks that you can keep in mind the next time you eat momos and not worry about gaining weight.

– Replace the red chilli chutney / sauce with a mint one.

– Eat vegetarian momos, they are lesser in calories.

– Never consume a carbonated drink or something sweet after you have finished a plate of momos. The calories will only pile up.

– Always stand when you are eating momos. You will be surprised by the benefits of standing and eating anything. Consider a restaurant. If you are sitting while eating you will order more food. If you are standing, you will end eating sooner and leave the place. Also there’s going to some physical movement because you aren’t sitting and idling your time or chatting away.

– Do not consume mayonnaise with momos.

– Some momos have cottage cheese stuffed inside. Eat those in moderation because they can create gas and unwanted bloating.

– Always share a single plate with another person. This will remind you to eat less. If this is proving to be difficult, eat half a plate and carry the other half in a parcel. You may eat the rest a couple of hours later. The aim must always be to not let the calories pile up. When you eat small portions of the same junk food, some minor physical movements like a 5 minute walk or climbing up a flight of stairs can help you to digest the little amount of food you have eaten.

You do not have to stare longingly at the people who are enjoying the dish. You can have your share of fun as well provided you are doing it the right way. Happy Cheating!