India is a melting pot of various regional and sub-regional cuisines. Every regional food culture is extensive and offers a wide variety of dishes to satisfy every palate. While the list of dishes in every regional cuisine goes long, there are a few recipes that leave a strong impression on every mind. In fact, those dishes define the particular food culture before the world. One such dish is North India's matar kulcha. If you have explored the food scene in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, then you surely have come across this amazing combo. Soft kulchas with boiled and spicy white peas by the side, matar kulcha undoubtedly spells indulgence. From the street carts to the finest of the restaurants- you get this dish literally everywhere in North India (especially Delhi, UP and Punjab). It is one of the most popular street foods in the region. So, if you ever go on a food trail in the city, matar kulcha will surely be the first dish to try. The best part is it can be enjoyed anytime of the day - for breakfast, lunch, evening snacking or dinner.
But if you want to avoid stepping out and enjoy matar kulcha in the comfort of your home, we have got you covered. All you need to do is get readymade kulcha packets from your nearby grocery store, heat them up and pair with a matar mix made at home. Quintessentially, this matar mix for kulcha is referred to as matra. Just soak the white peas beforehand - the only time-taking step in the whole process. If this is done, you need just a few minutes to prepare a classic bowl of matra. We have found a traditional matra recipe for you. Let's take a look.
How To Make Matra For Kulcha | North Indian Matra Recipe:
For this particular recipe, you need white peas (soaked for atleast 4 hours with some salt), ghee, ginger, black pepper, cardamom powder, coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, amchoor powder, lemon juice, coriander leaves, ginger julienne and chaat masala.
Pressure-cook the soaked peas. Add ghee, ginger and salt to the pressure cooker and cook for some time. Adjust the water as per need. Add rest of the spices and blend everything well. Garnish with lemon juice, chopped coriander leaves and ginger julienne and serve with soft kulchas.
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You can also pair matra with soft aloo paratha and achar. Try it today and let us know how you like it.
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