I have been struggling for weeks now about how to write a post about Nepal. As some of you may know, I was there for the Easter break, two weeks before the first earthquake destroyed so much of Nepal only to be followed by more devastation two weeks later.
I cannot believe that what I saw and all of my memories will be completely different to what is the reality of Nepal now, just a few weeks later. As someone who has put far flung travel on the back burner since having children, it feels unsettling to have travelled somewhere, as a family, as far away as Nepal only for it to be ruined by a natural disaster.
Realising just how hard it has been to get aid out to Nepal, I thought I would share with you a couple of aid agencies that have been able to get help directly to those that need it most.
Right4Children – Right4Children (R4C) is a NGO based in Pokhara, Nepal.
“We give children and young people the opportunity of having the life they want to have. We give them the tools to make the change they are looking for. Our staff and partners on the ground are addressing an urgent need for:
-Shelter (Tarps and Tents)
-Doctors and medicine”.
Freedom Matters – “We are inviting donations towards an emergency relief fund that will help child survivors and their families rebuild their lives. We will deploy these funds at the point of greatest need through the personal supervision of Board members and former Gurkhas who have excellent insight into the situation”.
Demuths cookery school held a fundraiser cooking demonstration followed by a traditional Nepalese buffet supper, with all the proceeds going to the Nepal Disaster Fund.
Many people are living in remote villages, cut off and isolated. They are in need of food and water, such simple yet necessary supplies. Having passed through many of these villages on our trip, I can appreciate just how difficult to reach many of these people are. In a country of such striking natural beauty, many villages are nestled away out of the reach of any passers by unless you have, like we were, been taken there by a guide.
Unfortunately tourism in Nepal will be non-existent for the coming months. This will have a huge impact on revenue for the country which is why getting aid directly to areas that have been affected can only help with the reconstruction, rehabilitation and regeneration of this incredibly beautiful country.
Whilst there, I was lucky enough to enjoy some superb food. Curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner made me a very happy traveller. My two favourite dishes of the trip were Kati rolls and Momos. Kati rolls are paratha bread wraps filled with a tasty spicy chicken and vegetable mixture. Momos are Nepalese steamed dumplings filled with minced chicken or vegetables and served with a hot chilli sauce.
I am going to share with you my version of these moreish little dumplings which I served with THIS chilli sauce from one of my most popular posts “Chicken kebab with home-made chilli sauce”. If you are a lover of dumplings, from gyoza to dim sum, you will definitely enjoy these. I wonder if anywhere in London sells these? They would make the perfect street food.
I have more dumpling inspiration for you here:
Spicy gyoza crisps – Fuss Free Flavours
King prawn gyoza – Recipes & Reviews
Home made Chinese dumplings – Tiny Urban Ktchen
King size Kimchi dumplings – Maangchi
Chengdu dumplings in red chilli oil – The Mala Project
Shiso gyoza – No recipes
In the hope of raising awareness for Nepal through it’s wonderfully spiced food, here are my Nepalese Momos.
A Nepalese dumpling recipe similar to dim sum
- Gyoza/Won Ton wrappers
- 500 g chicken breast minced
- 2 banana shallots finely diced
- 2 spring onions finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes skinned and finely diced
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 inch piece of ginger peeled and grated
- 1 small bunch of coriander finely chopped
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter softened
- 2 red chillies finely diced
- salt & Pepper
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- Add all of the ingredients (apart from the wrappers) into a mixing bowl and using your hands blend the ingredients together very well until completely incorporated.
- Place your wrapper onto a kitchen surface and wet the outside edge with water
- Put a teaspoon of the chicken mix into the centre of the wrapper and then bring the sides together to seal the Momo
- Pinch the edges into a pleated pattern or crimp them (I recommend watching a video on how to do this)
- Continue wrapping the Momos until you have as many as you need. The mixture makes lots of Momos so I did freeze half of the mixture to use at a later date. You can also freeze the wrappers.
- Steam the Momos in a bamboo steamer for between 8 to 10 minutes
- Serve immediately with a spicy dipping sauce.