Matara/ Matar chaat

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Matara or matar chaat is made with yellow peas. This is an easy to make, low calorie snack / chaat dish. There are numerous delicacies made with yellow peas. Yellow peas are a good source of protein so this preparation is delicious as well as nutritious. So try out this mouth watering chaat……………….


(serves 4)

  • Yellow peas (matar)1 cup
  • Salt little less than 1 tsp/ to taste
  • Chaat masala ½ tsp
  • Green chilies 2
  • Ginger an inch piece
  • Chopped coriander leaves 2-3 tbsp
  • Red chili powder ¼ tsp
  • Chaat masala ½
  • tsp
  • Cumin seeds 1tsp
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Oil 1-2 tsp

Ingredients to serve

  • Green chili 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Ginger cut into julliens 1 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind chutney 4 tbsp
  • Coriander chutney 4 tbsp
  • Chopped onion (optional) ¼ cups
  • Chopped tomatoes (optional) ¼ cups

Method of preparation:

  1. Following picture shows the yellow peas-
yellow peas
  1. Clean, wash and soak the white peas in enough water (about 2½ cups) for 6-7 hours.
soaked yellow peas
  1. Boil the white peas with salt until they are tender. The best way to boil the peas is to take a couple of whistles in the pressure cooker on medium heat.
  2. Remove the stem, wash, and finely chop the green chilies.
  3. Peel off, wash, and finely chop the ginger.
  4. Now heat oil in a pan,  add cumin seeds. When seeds stop crackling, add a pinch of asafoetida.
  5. Now add chopped chilies and ginger, and fry for 15-20 seconds.
  6. Now add boiled yellow peas, red chili powder, and chaat masala and mix well. Cook for couple of minutes.
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cooked yellow peas

Method of serving :

  1. In a plate, take about one serving spoon of cooked yellow peas. Add 1 tbsp tamarind chutney and 1 tbsp coriander chutney.
  2. Top the matar with chopped onions, green chilies and ginger juliens.
  3. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Delicious matara/ matar chaat is ready to serve.

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Some Suggestions/ Tips :

Sometimes kids do not like green chilies and ginger; in that case you can serve matara to kids with tamarind chutney and yogurt. You can also top the matara with some crispies .

You can also add some chopped tomatoes in this matar chaat..

Some Other Delicious Chatpati Chaat Items

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