Matara Chaat

From Chattisgarh, lets move onto Delhi, the capital city of India! Delhi is known for its rich historical heritage and food. As a Mughal capital, Delhi influenced the food habits of its residents and it is where the famous, Mughlai Cuisine originated.

The fast living habits of the people in Delhi has motivated the growth of several street food outlets. And dining in Dhabas has become a very popular trend among Delhiites. The Gali Paranthe Wali is a particular favorite of food enthusiasts in the city. It is said that there are hundreds of varieties of paranthas served in that particular street alone.

Since we are talking about the street food culture in Delhi, it is to be noted that every street has a hawker/outlet selling this Matara Chaat or Matara Kulcha which is something not to be missed when one visits Delhi. 

So have a visual taste of this delicious street food here while I prepare for the journey onto the next state, Goa.

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients - 

White Peas (Dried), soaked over night  1 cup
Ginger, grated 1 Tbsp
Green Chillies as needed
Coriander Seeds 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 Tbsp
Salt as needed
Sugar 1/4 tsp
Black Salt 1/2 tsp
Tamarind Puree approx 2 Tbsp (or to taste)
Lemon Juice about 2 tsp or to taste
For Garnish - 
Grated Ginger
Coriander leaves
Chopped Onion
Green Chillies
Lemon Slices/Wedges

Matara Chaat

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook the peas adding about 3-4 cups of water, ginger and green chillies.

Roast the coriander seeds and cumin seeds separately until they are aromatic and grind them to a fine powder.

After the peas are cooked, add the ground coriander-cumin powder, salt, black salt, sugar and tamarind puree. 

Mix well and boil the mixture for a couple minutes and remove.

Garnish with chopped onion, ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves and lemon slices and serve in individual bowls.

This is typically served with Kulcha or Naan as well.

Matara Chaat

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, April 6, 2014


  1. Matara chaat looks delicious ! Love to grab few spoons from the pic....

  2. Anonymous Says:
  3. hellooo,,
    i like this menu,
    Matara Chaat from Delhi,
    so delicious, :-) thx

  4. Priya Says:
  5. Wnderful chaat ..Mouth watering

  6. Nice presentation and can not take my eyes off that garnish. Chili powder sprinkled on the garnish is very inviting. Delicious!

  7. Very colorful and looks delicious.

  8. This looks so nice and yumm..

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Give me that bowl, soo irresistible matara chaat.

  11. jayanthi Says:
  12. matar kulcha looks yummy. i made the same too

  13. Unknown Says:
  14. Looks inviting!!

  15. Pavani Says:
  16. Chaat sounds too tempting and love your presentation.

  17. Same pinch,I too made matara chaat...looks so delicious and love the way you presented..

  18. I think today is chaat day. This matar chat looks so inviting...

  19. Unknown Says:
  20. love those clicks and presentation... cannot take my eyes off them..

  21. I was expecting lot of parathas for Delhi..but we have lot of Matra..what a yum dish it is ..low cal and yet so!

  22. Archana Says:
  23. Wow this one I have to make in fact I am off to soak peas right now.

  24. Srivalli Says:
  25. That bowl surely looks so good Harini, I love your naans on the side as well..I mostly have this matra with pani puri puris as well..I am told that tastes great as well..

  26. Love the mara chaat! All this chaat recipes are making me so hungry :)

  27. looks so awesome and the photos are great

  28. I too made the same harini, but a teeny weeny bit different. Looks very inviting and the taste was awesome!!!

  29. Even in Chennai beach this chat is popular and you made it perfect dear..

  30. Suma Gandlur Says:
  31. Looks yummy. Even without rotis, this must be filling.

  32. Unknown Says:
  33. Looks delicious & inviting..

  34. Unknown Says:
  35. super delicious and yummy matar ki chaat there :) its making me drool here harini , lovely presentation !!

  36. Padmajha Says:
  37. Looks extremely tempting and look the way you have plated it..

  38. Unknown Says:
  39. Your blog is very informative and gracefully
    your guideline is very good.Thank you

    Best Restaurants in Delhi

  40. Enjoyed reading it and my mouth was watering through out. Thanks for sharing, but have you ever tried South Indian Andra Style Mango pickle, You can also try Mango pickle , and various andhra pickles by SITARA at their online store The India's biggest online store for pickles.

  41. aathirai Says:
  42. Good information. Taste cut mango pickle

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