Introduction: Matra Chaat (Indian Street Food Recipe)

This is a delicious spicy snack. Matra Chaat (white peas chaat) can be served as a snack or as a main dish with Kulcha or Naan. Matra Chaat is a famous street food from Delhi. It is a semi-gravy dish made with dried white peas.


Matra – 1 Cup (washed and soaked in enough water for overnight)

Salt – to taste

Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)

Onion – 1 (finely chopped)

Ginger – ½ tsp (grated)

Green Chillies – 2 to 3 (finely chopped)

Roasted Cumin Powder – ½ tsp

Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp

Garam Masala – ½ tsp

Coriander Powder – 1 tsp

Fresh Coriander Leaves – a handful (finely chopped)

Fresh juice of 1 lemon

Mint and Coriander Chutney – as required

Dates and Tamarind Chutney – as required

Step 1:

Pressure cook the soaked matra with 3 cups of water, salt and grated ginger till 3 whistles then simmer for about 20 minutes. The peas should be well cooked and a bit mashed up when done. It is ok if it cools too watery at this time, just mash up some of the peas and it will thicken up as it cools down.

Step 2:

Now add roasted cumin powder, dry mango powder, garam masala, coriander powder, mint and coriander chutney, dates and tamarind chutney and mix well.

Step 3:

Transfer matra into a serving bowl and garnish with chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, chopped green chillies, lemon juice, coriander leaves and serve hot.

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