Matar-Kulcha/Matra Chaat - Delhi Street Food

In  Blogging Marathon Indian food odyssey journey we stop by at Delhi,the capital cosmopolitan city of the country.Delhi doesn't have any typical food cultures but its famous for the street food such as chaat ,stuffed parathas and delicious kulfis and sweets.
Coming to today's recipe its a simple snack with yellow peas which can be eaten as such or often served with kulcha.The recipe I referred various sources and made it on my own way.I serve it with Kulcha and my son who is a picky eater liked the curry a lot.I had it as such topped with some homemade sev.Here goes the recipe....................

Basic Information
Soaking time ~ 6-8 hrs
Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking time ~35-40 minutes


Yellow peas/manjal pattani1 cup
Ginger/inji(grated)1 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagai1 (chopped)
Red chilly powder/milagai podi3/4 tsp
Garam masala powder1/24tsp
Dry mango powder/aamchur1/4 tsp
Tamarind/pulismall gooseberry siize
Salt1 tsp
Coriander leaves1 tbs(chopped)
Oil2 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/4 tsp

To roast and grind

Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds/dhaniya2 tsp

To saute and grind

Mint leaves/pudina1/4 cup
Red chilly/varamilagi1

For Garnishing

Onion(chopped)2 tbs
Tomato(chopped)2 tbs
Coriander leaves1tbs
Green chilly(copped)1
Lemon wedges2-3


Soak the yellow peas overnight or  minimum 6 hrs and cook it a pressure cooker for 2 whistle in a medium flame.I t should be soft and mushy.Set it aside.
Roast the cumin and coriander seeds till the aroma comes out.Grind it to a bit coarse powder.

Saute the red chilly and mint leaves,grind it to fine paste along with tamarind and keep it aside.

Heat a pan with oil and crackle the cumin seeds,add the chopped green chilly and grated ginger.Fri it for a minute.Add the red chilly powder and mix it well.

Immediately add the cooked peas and cook it well with a cup of water,let it boil for a minute and simmer it for 5 minutes.Add in the ground powder,aamchur powder and garam masal powder.Cook it for couple of minutes.

Add the mint paste and cook it for another couple of minutes or till it becomes thick.Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and put off the flame.

Garnish it with the chopped onion,tomato,green chilly and lemon wedge.

Serve it as a snack or along with kulcha.


  • The consistency of the matra is personal preference,I made it slightly thicker.
  • The peas should not get mushy,I cooked it for 2 whistles in a medium flame and keep it in the low flame for couple of minutes.


Favorite of mine and looks absolutely stunning !

I love such chaats, which can be served with naan or kulchas and as a chaat as well. I Lovey presentation

Turned out great! And the pictures are lovely too.

Personally chaat foods are my weakness, i can finish that bowl easily, i can say a comforting food for me.

such pretty pictures. your matar kulcha is gorgeous.. a heroine compared to my plain ordinary girl matar kulcha :) love that white dish

matra is very popular Delhi food and you have presented it beautifully...I see so many versions of this dish..each one is unique in its own way!

Wow, that is such a delicious platter. So tempting and delicious.

Same Pinch! Love the last click with the beautiful black-white effect!

love this healthy and filling snack super inviting

Another version of matar chaat. Looks irresistible...

so well presented!!! love the first one... so delicious and tempting

That surely looks amazing Nalini..the pictures are so sinful!

The pictures looks amazing! Very well taken and a lovely recipe as well :)

all of these chaat dishes is making me want to go visit Delhi the first chance I get for a vacation :)

Lovely clicks nalini!!! Love both matra and the kulcha!!!

Lovely chat & the clicks are so beautiful..

Both matra and kulchas are looking inviting.

this is recipie is delicious looking and also tastes good adn it is easy to make at hame

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