Matar Chaat is lip-smacking street food from northern India. It is made by the combination of white peas, onion, tomatoes, aromatic spices & flavorful chutneys. Matar Chaat uses white peas (safed matar) instead of green peas and goes great with Kulchas or Puris. It can also be served as a dip with some chips.
I love this chaat a lot and can even eat it like a salad. It is full of flavors and aroma. It is made by boiling dry white peas. When the peas are boiled and cooled, spices and chutneys are added for flavoring.
While I was pursuing a Master's degree course, my college cafeteria was under construction so we didn't have any place to eat except this chaat corner where only Matar Chaat was served. Hence, this chaat raises many fun-filled memories for me and is very close to my heart. It is also referred to as Ghugni Chaat in Odisa & Bengal and serves as breakfast.[mailerlite_form form_id=5]
WHAT IS MATAR CHAAT
Matar Chaat is made by first boiling dry white peas and then tossing them with onion, tomatoes, cilantro, green chilies, spices, chutneys, and lemon juice. As it gets combined with so many spices and chutneys, this chaat recipe always turns out super amazing in taste.
At our home, this is usually made as weekend brunch because the whole family enjoys eating it in a leisurely way. It is very easy to make in an Instant Pot or on the stove-top.
DELHI-STYLE MATAR CHAAT INGREDIENTS
- WHITE PEAS: This is the main ingredient for making matar chaat. I use dry white peas and after boiling them, add all the remaining ingredients.
- ONION & TOMATOES: Adding onion & tomatoes gives a flavor as well as freshness to the dish. I use them raw as that gives nice color too.
- SPICES: This is a chaat recipe, and chaat is always filled with flavors. So I use a lot of spices to make the dish extra aromatic & flavorful.
- CHUTNEYS: I use both Tamarind chutney and Green chutney in the dish as they taste amazing in the dish. Tamarind Chutney gives sweetness and Green Chutney gives a little bit of heat.
- SEV: These are optional but when added, give a crunch to the recipe.
- LEMON JUICE: Lemon Juice enhances and balances the flavor and hence make the chaat yummier.
- POMEGRANATE SEEDS: Although not necessary to add in the recipe, but they add nice color to the chaat.
WHITE PEAS HEALTH BENEFITS
- Dried White Peas are filled with Fiber.
- They are also packed with Protein.
- Dried White Peas are rich in Iron, So if anyone is anemic, they should definitely try eating these.
- They are also free of fat and hence help in weight loss.
- White Peas helps in building immunity, helps in maintaining blood sugar levels.
- Also great for nail and hair health.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING STREET-STYLE MATAR CHAAT
STEP 1 - PRESSURE COOK: Pressure cook rinsed & soaked white peas until soft & tender along with some spices. I usually cook for 10 minutes at High-Pressure Level.
STEP 2 - CUT THE VEGGIES: Cut the veggies including onion, tomatoes, potato, cucumber. Toss the veggies along with some spices in a bowl with pressure cooked white peas.
STEP 3 - ADJUST & SERVE: Adjust the seasonings (if needed). Garnish with some cilantro, lemon juice, chaat masala and serve with some Naan or kulcha.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER MATAR CHAAT
I usually make White peas in large quantities so that I can use the leftovers when I make Ragda Patties (where these flavorful white peas are served with Tikki/patties along with chutneys & spices).
You can keep leftover white peas in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Or if you think you won't be able to use them by then, you can freeze them for 1-2 months. Before using them again, just defrost in the microwave and enjoy it.[mailerlite_form form_id=5]
Delhi- Style Matar Chaat
- Add soaked white peas in Instant pot along with water, bay leaf, cinnamon, ginger, Asafoetida, and salt and close the lid.
- INSTANT POT: With vent in the sealing position, pressure cook for 10 minutes at High-Pressure Level followed by NPR. When the valve goes down and is safe, open lidSTOVE-TOP: At medium heat pressure cook till 5 whistles, and let pressure release naturally. When all the pressure is released then open the lid.
- Press saute and keep cooking till most of the water evaporates. Add all the spices and stir until combined well.
- Transfer in a bowl and add chopped onion, tomatoes, green chilies, lemon juice and give it a stir.
- Garnish with sev, chaat masala, cilantro, and some pomegranate seeds and serve.