Saturday, March 27, 2010

Mathra (Dried Peas Recipe) Chaat !

Mathra is a very popular North Indian "Chaat". It is made of Dried Yellow Peas. [Matar means Peas in Hindi, Mathra is made of peas.] It is a coveted item on the Menu list in Weddings and Celebrations across North India. I love it spicy and tangy, just the way it is sold by the local chaat-wala (usually street hawkers) in the bazaar!

It is eaten with a number of accompaniments or sometimes its good all by itself. This could very well be a distant cousin of Ghugni, which is a Bengali favorite (a preparation from the Eastern part of India). This is a simple recipe which is very easy to prepare, takes very little time and is always appreciated.


Yellow Peas - 2 cups, soaked overnight
Cloves - 3 to 4
Black Pepper - 3 to 4
Haldi (Turmeric) - 1/2 tsp
Bhoona Jeera Powder(Roasted Cumin) - 3 tsp
Chaat Masala - 4 tsp OR according to taste
Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
Onion - 1 medium, chopped finely
Tomato - 1 medium, chopped finely
Green Chilli - 1 medium,chopped finely
Ginger - 1/2 inch cube, chopped finely
Fresh Coriander Leaves - a small bunch, chopped
Water - 1 cup
Salt to Taste

COOKING TIME: 20 minutes

SERVING: Serves 6


1. Soak the dried peas overnight.
2. Place the soaked peas in a Pressure Cooker, add clove, turmeric and black pepper. Pressure cook the peas till they are soft.
3. Once done, remove lid and add Bhoona Jeera Powder and Chaat Masala to taste.
4. Add the lemon juice.
5. Add salt, if needed.

To Serve -
6. Add chopped Onion, Tomato, Green Chilli, Ginger and Fresh Coriander leaves as Garnish.
7. Serve with bread or puffed rice or Bhel !

For the Jain version, avoid onion and ginger.
The Garnish items can be used all together or even singularly, as preferred.


Priti said...

Interesting! :) I have never tasted it but this is similar to the 'ragda' we make without the jaggery-tamarind. I wonder how ghugni is prepared? Does it have Panchphoran?

Amz said...

Very interesting indeed !
Yes this is similar to Ragda we used to have in Pune ! Ghugni is similar too... and I will post that recipe soon... once it really turns out like what my Mom makes :-)

divya said...

looks yummy..u have a great blog .. following u now :)

Medifast Program said...

My husband will love this recipe, I hate peas of any kind, but once in a while if he has been a good boy and finished his honey do list I will make him a treat. Well I better go and check his list and see if today is his lucky day, thanks for the recipe.

Amz said...

Thanks Divya !

Dear Medifast,
Thanks for visiting my space. I love the 'Honey Do List' idea.. and I hope your hubby had a good treat with Mathra.

Best !

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