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Mathri Recipe / Punjabi Masala Mathri

Mathri - Crisp and savory deep fried Indian crackers made with flour and spices
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: snacks/starters, Tiffin recipes, Travel Food
Cuisine: Punjabi Cuisine
Keyword: masala, mathri, vegan recipe
Servings: 3 people
Author: Anjana Chaturvedi


  • 2 cup Refined Flour / Maida
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour / Atta
  • 1 tsp Dried pomegranate seeds/sookha Anardana
  • 1 tsp Carom seeds /ajwain
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds/jeera
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds/sabut dhaniya
  • 1 tbsp Pepper corns/sabut kali mirch
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida/hing
  • 5 tbsp Cooking oil or Ghee
  • 1 tsp Salt / Namak
  • 8 tbsp Clarified Butter / Desi Ghee
  • enough oil to deep fry


  • Sieve together refined flour,wheat flour and salt
  • Coarsly crush pomegranate seeds, pepper corns and coriander seeds.
  • Take a big bowl and add refined flour mix, coriander seeds, pomegranate seeds, pepper corns,asafoetida, cumin and carom seeds.
  • Mix all together and then add ghee or cooking oil and rub well
  • Now add just enough water and make a stiff dough.
  • Cover and rest for 15 minutes.
  • Knead it slightly and make small balls from the dough.
  • Roll the balls into medium thick discs and prick them with a fork all around,so they will not puff up while frying.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan and fry mathris in batches on low heat.(first add them on medium heat and after few seconds lower the flame)don’t overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry till they become golden in colour,drain on a paper napkin when done.
  • Store when cooled completely.


1-The dough should be stiff  like pooris other wise you will not get crisp mathris.
2-Don’t fry them on high heat otherwise they may become golden from out side but remain uncooked from inside and  become soft after some time.
3-You can make these with just salt,cumin and carom seed,if you don’t want to add all the spices listed.
4- For a easier version-roll the dough into a big medium thick chapati and cut with a round or any shape or size of cookie cutter .
5-You can also bake them on 180 C -350 F for approx 20 minutes if you want to avoid deep frying.