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How to make Delhi Style Matra Chaat?
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Instant Pot Matar Chaat Matra Recipe

Matar Chaat also known as Matra is a popular Indian Street Food. Making it in Instant Pot is super easy. It is super delicious and oil-free + vegan + glutenfree recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people
Author: simplyvegetarian777

Equipment

  • Instant Pot 6 quart or Mealthy Multipot
  • Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cups, Stirring Spoon,
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Kitchen Colander
  • Inner Pot
  • Serving Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1&1/2 cups Matar or Vatana or Matra or Dry White Peas
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 large Potato boiled
  • 1 medium Red Onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 Green Chilies, Thai finely chopped (optional in case to avoid heat)

SPICES

  • 2 tsp or to taste Kala Namak (Indian Black Salt) use Himalayan Pink salt instead
  • 1/2 tsp or to taste Red Chili Powder or Cayenne
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Cumin Seeds Powder recipe given in the notes.
  • 1 tsp or to taste Chaat Masala

Chutney or Sauces

  • 1/4 cup or to taste Cilantro Mint Chutney recipe given in the notes or use store bought
  • 1/4 cup or to taste Tamarind Dates Chutney recipe link given in the notes or use store bought
  • 1 small Lemon Juice

Instructions

Soaking White Matar / Dry White Peas

  • Take the dry white peas in a kitchen colander and wash a few times. Then soak them in 6 cups of water overnight. Or at least for 6 hrs minimum.
  • Once ready to cook, drain the soaked peas and set aside. By this time they would have doubled in size.

Pressure Cooking Peas in Instant Pot

  • Place the inner pot inside the IP and plug it in. Add the drained white peas to the IP and add 3 cups of water.
  • Close the IP with the lid and set it on SEALING. Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set it on HIGH for 20 minutes.
  • Once the timer goes off, follow NPR (natural pressure release).
  • Take the cooked peas out and transfer to a serving bowl.

Assembling the MATAR CHAAT or MATRA

Serving Suggestion

  • You can serve it as is. But it is often served with Kulcha also. Recipe link for kulcha given in notes.

Notes

How to make Roasted Cumin Seeds Powder?

Take 2 tbsp of Cumin Seeds and dry roast on medium heat in a heavy bottom pan. Once these turn light brown, take them off the heat. Cool these down to the room temperature. Then grind into a fine powder. Make sure not to grind these when hot.

How to make Cilantro Mint Chutney at home?

It is the easiest chutney or dip to make at home. This chutney is spicy, salty and tangy in taste.
Although you can use the Store Bought Cilantro chutney, but home-made is the best. It is easily available in the refrigerated section of any Indian Grocery Store. Amazon.com sells it too. 
Ingredients for Chutney are - 2 bunches of Cilantro +15 leaves of Mint + 2 Thai Green Chilies + Indian Black Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt to taste + Juice of 1 small lemon + 1 to 2 tbsp Water as needed.
Instructions - Take Magic Bullet or Nutri Bullet or any high intensity blender. Add all the washed & cleaned ingredients to the blender along with black salt and lemon juice. Start blending till you get a smooth dip or chutney. You may add 1 to 2 tbsp water to the ingredients as needed to get it going. Do not add lot of water. The consistency should be of thick dipping sauce.
Storage - It stays good in an air tight jar in the refrigerator for a week.

Can I prepare White Dry Peas in advance?

Yes you can prepare these in advance. It is best served warm. The chaat does not taste good when cold. You can boil and refrigerate for later use.
When ready to use, warm up the peas and make chaat.

What can I use in case I can not find Dry White Peas?

You can substitute the Dry White Peas with Chickpeas, in case you can not find these peas.
Also you can use the canned chickpeas after draining.

How to eat Matra Chaat?

Normally you can eat it as is but you can combine it with street bread called KULCHA. It is a yeast free bread made with all purpose flour. Here is the recipe for home-made Kulcha.

How to make Tamarind Dates Chutney?

Honestly I always buy a big bottle of Tamarind Dates Chutney from the Indian Grocery Store and keep it handy. Swad brand makes great chutney. And it can be refrigerated easily.
Or if you want to make it at home, then here is the recipe from Ruchi's Kitchen

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