May 20, 2015

Matar Kulcha - A Delhi Street Food!

Matar Kulcha, or Peas and Bread, is a popular street food in Northern India, especially in Old Town, Delhi. Generally, it is served on disposable plates made from the dried leaves of the Peepul tree. Street Vendors wheel their carts to the most popular selling spots. The Matar (peas) are made and served out of large brass pots and cook on coals through the night. One of my fondest memories is of my mom taking my sister and I to Old Delhi, where we would partake of this and other wonderful street foods. 

Prep Time: 15-20 min

Ingredients (Serves 6): 
  1. 2 cups Dried White Peas (whole, soaked overnight)
  2. 3 to 4 cups water 
  3. 2 tbsp Dried White Onions
  4. 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  5. 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  6. 1 tbsp Chana Masala
  7. 2 tsp Chaat Masala
  8. 2 tsp Taminco Tamarind Paste
  9. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  10. Hot Sauce, to taste
  11. Fresh Cilantro, for garnish
  12. Fresh Diced Tomato, for garnish
  13. Fresh Diced Onion, for garnish (optional)
  14. Fresh Sliced Ginger, for garnish (optional)
  15. A Slice of fresh Lime/Lemon, for garnish (optional)
Add soaked peas, water and all spices to a pressure cooker and cook under high pressure for approximately 10 min. Allow the steam to dissipate naturally, open pot and mix well (peas will mostly disintegrate). Taste test for salt, mix tamarind paste in a small amount of hot water and mix in with the peas. Serve with fresh toppings, and a squeeze of lime juice, with bread, or kulchas (a leavened flat bread made without yeast). Enjoy!

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