Matar (Matra) Chaat

March 3rd, 2012 filed under Appetizers, Chaat, Gluten Free, Snacks, Vegan
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This is a delicious spicy snack. Matar Ki Chaat can be served as a snack or as a main dish with Kulcha or Naan.

Serves 4.


  • 1 cup matar, (light brown in color, they look almost like chick peas; available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4  teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4  teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ginger finely chopped
  • 2 small green chilies finely chopped, (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For Garnishing

  • Few slices of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons ginger finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies finely chopped


  1. Wash and soak matra in three cups of water overnight. After soaking matra will be about 2 1/2 times the volume of the original.
  2. Dry roast the cumin seeds and coriander seeds separately, until they are brown and you can smell their aroma. Let them cool and grind to powder consistency.
  3. Put the matra in a pressure cooker with 2½ cups of water. Add the salt, ginger, and green chili. Cook on medium high heat.
  4. When the pressure cooker starts to steam, turn the heat down to medium and cook eight to nine minutes more.
  5. Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Matra should be soft and tender.
  6. Add all the spices; this is the time to adjust the salt and pepper to your taste. Mix the spices well. Add a little water if they look too dry, the gravy should be thick.
  7. Serve warm garnish with ginger and green chili and lemon.

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26 Responses to “Matar (Matra) Chaat”

  1. Lily says:

    can this be made with green peas instead of white peas?

  2. manisha says:

    my family love to eat matraa and kulchae. this a differen recipe and i will try it:)

  3. Lisa says:

    I don’t have a pressure cooker. Do I need to buy one? Or would I be able to use a regular pot? Thanks! Love your site!

  4. Brenda Swann says:

    This recipe looks great. I want to try it soon. Is Matar the same as pigeon peas? Thanks.

  5. juhi says:

    Aunty u r grt this chat was so tasty we loved it thank u:-)

  6. A. R. says:

    Thanks for this beautiful recipe and for the video walk through!

  7. Paula says:

    Thank you, Manjula.

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