Matar Chat/Matarein/Yellow Peas Chaat from the Streets of Delhi

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Sunday, April 06, 2014

Today we are visiting out capital city - Dilli!!!  Though it is our capital city and has some amazing monuments and historical places to visit, i have never been to Delhi, yeah it is a shame, for that matter i have never been any places in india except for calcutta and down south 2/3 places, that too when i was in school. I so want to visit Delhi to see the legendary Paranthe-wali gali markets of old delhi and ofcourse visit all the monuments :)
I decided to make a chat from delhi, but when i started to look for recipes, it was a big confusion! coz there is so many recipes, that is might have originated from other cuisines. Like for example,where is paranthe from? Is it Punjabi or Dilli? No, i dont want to start an argument here!!! So, i settled for an authentic Dilli chat. I came across this super duper delicious and at the same time simple to make Matar ki Chaat from Jugal bandhi. 
Even i, who suck at chaat-making could do this and make people happy, then definitely you can also do it!!!! Seriously, i was oooh, aaah after tasting the bowl which i made for click, after emptying the bowl, i made it again for the click. Evening again, made a big batch for hubby and i digged into his bowl too!!! You need to just cook the peas and rest is all done while serving, so no sweat!!! Go ahead, enjoy!
Recipe source here
1 Cup dry yellow peas
2 onions, chopped fine
2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped fine
2 green chillies, minced
2 fistfuls of fresh coriander leaves,  chopped fine
1/2 tsp chaat masala (i used Badshah brand)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 Cup thinned tamarind juice
Juice from 1  lemon (i used small indian lemon)

  • Soak peas overnight, and pressure cook till soft.Cook for only 2/3 whistles, use just enough water  to immerse the peas. 
  • The Peas should be cooked, soft and hold on to shape, when pressed it should go squish-mush! 
  • Soak a small marble-sized tamarind in 1/2 cup  hot water for 15 minutes, extract juice. Chop onion, tomatoes, coriander leaves.
  • Just before serving, take the peas in a mixing bowl. Add onion, tomatoes, chopped coriander, chilies, tamarind juice, chat masala, mix well, top with a generous squeeze of lemon and serve immediately.
  • Oh it was yum, yum, yum. Me and my hubby had it 3/4 bowls. While the lil fella had just the peas with lil salt and chat masala.

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  1. haha, I now what you mean by is it from Punjab or Dilli? Mine falls under the same category. You went with a on-controversial dish! So many matar chaats today and love all of them.

  2. Omg, u guys are tempting me with all ur matar chaat, makes me hungry.

  3. love the simple chaat.. looks great

  4. Love matar chaat anytime,looks delicious !

  5. Simple and yummy looking matara chaat...loved the way you presented the dish.

  6. Good one, Priya. Almost same pinch :)

  7. all time favorite , chat can be eaten at aytime of the day

  8. I have been drooling over all the chaats today. This looks like a easy breezy delicious chaat...

  9. simple and elegant chaat!!! love it

  10. Wow love this between you and Harini I am making this tomorrow.

  11. That surely was a safe bet Priya..again chats are famous all over the place that we are again not sure where it originally came we will leave all that and enjoy your lovely chat!

  12. So many matra chaats and each and every one is so tempting!

  13. I thought I had commented here but between Harani and you I am sold. Made this chaat. there was not a lttlle bit left when I came back from work. ;( But thanks the girls had enjoyedto the last morsel.

  14. What a simple, yet tempting and addictive chaat. Looks awesome.


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