Few things to keep in mind before starting:

Matara Recipe Video (for matara kulcha)
  • Matar kulcha is a popular street food of North India. Matara cury is a tangy & spicy semi thick curry prepared with white dried peas. It is enjoyed with plain kulchas. You can even have it as it is without any accompaniment.
  • You can check my recipe of homemade whole wheat plain kulchas to accompany this matara recipe.
  • The tamarind mix prepared in the recipe is what actually lends a differentiating flavour to this recipe. Me and my husband, being a big time foodie, have learnt it from a street side famous matara kulcha vendor of Gurgaon.
  • Always keep in mind to mix boiled matara with spices, tomato, onion etc only a few minutes before you are ready to enjoy it, else it will loose its aroma and freshness if kept mixed for long.
  • I have made the matara less spicy, keeping it kids friendly. You may increase the amount of chillies to suit to your taste.

Ingredients: (for 3-4 persons)

  • Matara (Dried white peas) – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 3 (medium, finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1 (large, finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves – 3 tbsp
  • Ginger – 2 inch (half jullienned, half finely chopped)
  • Lemon – 1/2
  • Green chillies – 2 to 3
  • Tamarind – 2 inch
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Black salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Chat masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Mint powder – 1.25 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 pinch

Method:

  • Wash & soak matara overnight in enough water. Soak tamarind as well.
  • Boil the soaked matara with some water & 1/2 tsp normal or rock salt in pressure cooker on high flame first for one whistle & then for 15 minutes on low flame. Wait till the pressure subsides. Then drain off excess of water and keep boiled matara aside.
Tamarind mix
  • Now prepare the magical tamarind mix. Mash the soaked tamarind and pass it through a sieve to get its pulp.
  • Add some water to the tamarind pulp along with 1/8 tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp black salt, 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder, 1 tsp mint powder & 2 pinch coriander powder and let it simmer on low flame for 10 minutes. Switch off the flame & the magical tamarind mix is ready.
  • Now just mix the leftover spices, tomatoes, onion, coriander leaves, green chillies & ginger from the list of the ingredients with boiled matara along with 2 tsp of the magical tamarind mix prepared.
  • You may add more of the tamarind mix as per your taste. Also, adjust the quantities of salt & chillies.
  • Finally add some lemon juice & your deliciously finger licking matara is ready.
  • Always keep in mind to mix boiled matara with spices, tomato, onion etc only a few minutes before you are ready to enjoy it, else it will loose its aroma and freshness if kept mixed for long.
  • Enjoy the delicious & finger licking matara with store bought or homemade plain kulcha or naan or you can even enjoy the matara as it is without any accompaniment!
Matara with whole wheat kulchas

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