Matar Chaat – Yellow Peas Curry – Instant Pot

Matar Chaat is yet another lip-smacking Indian street food inspired recipe. This yellow peas curry can be served as a snack, a salad or a curry.

This hearty stew like curry is tangy, spicy with the hint of sweet and savory. The gluten free and vegan side dish is ideal as a heavy appetizer for brunch or dinner as well.

I am including INSTANT POT and STOVE TOP pressure cooking instructions to make this delicious and healthy Matar Chaat – Yellow Peas Curry.

Matar Chaat served in black dinner plate with two green chilis and garnishes on top. This delicious Indian street food style curry is profusioncurry creation.

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In northern part of India, Matar chat is called Matra. It’s typically served with Kulcha which is stuffed flakey flatbread. Matra Kulcha Chaat is delicious and wholesome filling meal. We are also using the word chat or chaat interchangeably. 

To make this recipe, dry yellow whole peas are used. They are also called SAFED VATANA ( white peas ). White or yellow peas are sweeter in taste compare to dry green peas. 

Close up photo displaying different layers and textures of Matar Chaat.

MATAR CHAT AND RAGDA PATTIES

Matar Chaat becomes another popular street food called Ragda Patties when you serve it over Crispy Potato Tiiki.

Ragda patties ( pattice) is wholesome and delicious snack or heavy appetizer and one of our favorite crowd pleaser recipe.

LEFTOVERS AND OTHER USES OF YELLOW PEAS CURRY:

If you want to use it as side dish curry, skip the chutney and sev topping and serve over basmati rice or quinoa or alongside poories, parath, naan or rotis.

It can also be served as a dip with pita bread or chips.

I often make a big batch of Matar Curry. You can keep leftovers in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Matra Chaat served as a dip with crackers.

You will love this Matar Curry because

  • It’s gluten free, vegan, low calorie and hearty.
  • It is full of flavors and aroma.
  • Full of plant protein, complex carbs and dietary fiber.
  • Easy to prepare and good for meal prep.

WHAT IS Matar Chaat – Yellow Peas Curry

Chaat is Indian street food full of flavors, aromas and textures. MATAR CHAT is prepared by making a stew like curry using whole yellow peas.

The gravy or curry involves usual suspects like onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic paste, garam masala, turmeric powder and few other aromatics.

Prepared yellow peas stew then becomes chat when you drizzle it with tamarind date chutney and cilantro mint chutney and fine sev and boondi.

You can also use chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilies and cilantro for the toppings.

Matar Chaat served with lemon wedges and two chutney bowls on side. This profusioncurry creation is popular Indian street food recipe.

 

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS OF MATAR CHAAT / MATRA CHAT 

  • White / yellow whole peas : Whole yellow peas ( safed vatana ) are loaded with plant protein and complex carbs. Ideally you use overnight soaked peas for making this recipe. White peas are cooked in curry masala to make the chat base.
     
  • Curry Masala : We do oil tadka ( oil tampering ) with black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaf and turmeric powder. Typically asafetida is also used for extra flavor and it is believed to help in easy digestion for beans and peas. Red chili powder and good Garam Masala adds all the requisite curry flavors so does grated ginger.  
  • Garnishes and toppings : Chaat recipes are incomplete without the myriad of toppings. Typically Matar Chaat is served with chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro leaves, cut green chilies. You drizzle cilantro-mint green chutney and tamarind date chutney for extra burst of flavors. Crispy savory sev and boondi rounds up the garnishes. And dusting of chat masala for that unforgettable tangy taste. 

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Matar Chaat - Yellow Peas Curry - InstantPot

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Tangy and spicy Matar Chaat is popular north Indian street snack food! Soft white peas are cooked in delicious curry masala and served with garnishes and chutneys!

Instructions

To make Matar Chat curry, I usually soak the white peas overnight. If you forget to soak them overnight, wash and soak them in hot water for at least an hour. This ensures that peas cook nice and soft.

INSTANTPOT INSTRUCTIONS :

Turn Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it displays HOT, add oil. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Let them sizzle for a minute.

Add asafetida, turmeric and red chili powder and grated ginger. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add garam masala and salt. Mix well.

Add soaked peas and 2 cups of water. Close Instant Pot lid and move pressure valve to sealing. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK on Hi for 15 minutes followed by NPR.

After the silver pin drops, Open IP lid carefully. Mash some of the cooked peas with a potato masher or using the back of your spoon.

Add lemon juice and stir the curry well. Adjust the seasoning or water if needed.

STOVE TOP INSTRUCTIONS:

Add the soaked white peas in a pressure cooker with 2 cups of water.

Pressure cook for 2-3 whistle on high heat. Remove the pressure cooker from heat and let the pressure release naturally.

Open the lid and check if the peas are done by pressing a few in a pinch.

In the meantime, heat oil in small skillet. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Let them sizzle for a minute.

Add asafetida, turmeric and red chili powder and grated ginger. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add garam masala and salt. Mix well.

Add the oil tempering mixture over the cooked peas. Give it a good stir so everything mixes well together.

Add lemon juice and stir the curry well. Adjust the seasoning or water if needed.

How To serve Matar Chat, 

Garnish the peas curry / matar curry with chopped cilantro, chopped onion, tomatoes, green chilies and sev. Drizzle some chaat masala and both green chutney and sweet chutney.

Your Matar Chat is ready for devouring.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 7gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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