Matar Chaat Recipe is a popular street food from Northern India. Matar Masala Curry is used as a base curry for this chaat topped with onions, tomato, sev, tamarind juice etc.
The world had come to a stand-still.
Nature seemed to have reclaimed what belongs to it. And it was rightfully doing that, for we humans have exploited “Mother Nature” beyond anybody’s imagination.
We were warned time and again. Tsunamis, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes and what not. Everytime we overindulged and took something that didn’t belong to us, Mother Nature warned us. But we didn’t care.
We continued with our endeavors, trampling everything that came in our way and reached a point where we had to stay within the confines of our homes, without even being able to meet our loved ones.
If you have been a regular at my blog, you will notice that my isolation and self-exile has been almost 3 and half months long now.
At times life comes in your way.
And when that happens, in spite of whatever motivational talks you listen to, you might not be able to get your mind off whatever you are dealing with. Precisely something I was dealing with.
It was a tough decision to go into a self imposed exile. But I felt it was probably the right thing to do at that time.
I traveled to Kolkata and had to stay here to attend to my parents. The travel was so hastily planned that we didn’t really bother to carry our all of our accessories. We left out our camera, the accessories etc. and brought only our laptops.
After all, we weren’t really planning on a very long stay here. It was supposed to be about 5-6 weeks.
Usually I would have at least about 3 weeks worth of content in store which exhausted pretty fast. And my stay got a little extended.
And then it happened..
The Pandemic and the Lockdown
I had started reading about the Corona Virus, somewhere towards the end of December. What I read wasn’t very encouraging and I was a little concerned about its nature.
But then, none of us would have expected what happened after that.
The pandemic COVID-19 swept through the world and in no time it had engulfed more than 4 million people worldwide and about 10% of those succumbed to it.
The entire world went into a lockdown.
In India too, we were in a complete lockdown. Just as we were planning to travel back to Bangalore, the announcement came and we too got locked down here.
But then everything has a bright side to it. Isn’t it?
And for me, it was the fact that I am at my parent’s house in Kolkata. They had moved over to Kolkata about a year and a half back, from Bhagalpur (my home town).
So, I thought of making the most of this time I am getting.
But, in all of this my self-imposed exile from blogging and podcasting kept extending.
Now, at this point when my travel back to Bangalore is still uncertain because we aren’t really sure of the lockdown being lifted on May 3, I felt I should come out of the exile and slowly start off with doing what I had always loved doing.
So, what about my gear and equipments?
I still don’t have them. We are still trying to figure out how to record our show. But thanks to technology and mobile phones, the cameras on our phones are extremely good these days.
So, I am trying to use my phone as my camera, though I haven’t really done that. But hopefully with a couple of attempts, I think I should be able to do a good job (self-appraisal 🙂 ).
Do let me know your thoughts by commenting below.
White Matar Chaat Recipe – How to Make Street Style Matar Chaat Recipe
White Matar Chaat Recipe is a very popular street food in Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Bihar. This recipe can be served both as a snack or as a side dish along with naan, kulcha, puri, roti or paratha.
This can be made with just a few ingredients easily available at home.
Chaat is something that you would want to have as per your own taste as some people like to have it spicy or some doesn’t, some people like sweet chutney some doesn’t. So you adjust the ingredients according to your preference.
This recipe always remind me of college days. I used to save my pocket money my father used to give me as fare charges.
But, I would save those pocket money to savour the Matar chaat usually sold just outside the college premises. By now you must have understood my love towards this recipe. Another chaat which is my second favorite is Bhalle Papdi Chaat,
White Matar Chaat Recipe
For the Gravy
- 1 cup Dried White Peas soaked
- 1 Onion finely chopped
- 2 Tomato finely chopped
- 1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
- 1/4th tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1-2 nos Bay Leaf
- Salt taste
- 2 tbsp Oil
- Onion finely chopped
- Tomato finely chopped
- Lemon Juice or tamarind juice as needed
- Sev as required
- Curd as required (whisked)
- Chaat Masala as required
- Coriander Leaves finely chopped
Wash and soak the dried white peas overnight.
Drain the water. Add fresh water and soaked peas along with salt and pressure cook it, until 4-5 whistleor until it gets well cooked.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.
Add cumin seeds to it and let it splutter.
Once the seeds starts spluttering add ginger-garlic paste to it and saute for a minute.
Add chopped onion and saute until golden brown.
Add chopped tomato and salt to it, cook until it gets mushy.
Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix everything well and cook until the raw smell of masala goes off.
Now add cooked peas to it and mix well.
Add water as required and mix well.
Cook peas on a low flame for 10-12 minutes.
Once the peas absorb the masala and gravy thickens, add garam masala to it. Stir well.
Add chopped coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
Finely matar masala is ready to be served.
How to serve:
Take a plate, add matar curry as the base.
Now garnish with some freshly chopped onion, tomato, lemon juice, sev, chaat masala, curd and coriander leaves.
So the street style matar chaat or white peas gravy chaat is ready to be served.
Isn't it simple to make.
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