A no-cook, easy-to-make, red, hot momo chutney is designed to provide the perfect contrast to the mildly spiced momos.

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This is a momo chutney recipe for the hot chilli sauce that is usually served with momos or kotheys. Besides the heat from the dried red chillies, vinegar lends it a slight tang and the garlic provides flavour. Just a dab of this is enough with each bite of the momo—it packs quite a punch.

We love juicy pork momos and beef momos best.

COOKING TIME 15 minutes
YIELDS 35 g chutney


Quantity Ingredient
20 g Dried red chillies
12 g Vinegar
3 g (1 large clove) Garlic
½ tsp Salt


  • Scissors


  • Grinder


  1. Slit open the dried red chillies using a pair of scissors and empty them of their seeds.
  2. Place these deseeded chillies into a bowl and soak them in vinegar for about 2 hours.
  3. Transfer the chillies to a grinder jar, reserving some of the liquid. Add the garlic and salt.
  4. Grind everything together until smooth. Add some or all of the remaining vinegar to adjust consistency and blend again. Store in the refrigerator.

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