Methi Mathri

Methi Mathri ~ Recipe of Indian Snacks

methi mathri
Methi Mathri

For Holi, I had prepared few Indian snacks like Methi Mathri and Namakpare. Mathris are savory flaky deep fried crackers made with flour, ghee, water and ajwain. The classic Indian snack is very popular namkeen in North Indian states especially Rajasthan and Punjab and is served with achaar (pickle) as a tea time snack. It is prepared for festivals like Diwali, Holi and Karwa Chauth. The mathri dough is flavored with an assortment of spices like anardana (dried pomegranate seeds), tymol seeds (ajwain), cumin (jeera), black pepper (kala mirch) and dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi).

recipe of mathri
How to make Mathri

Today’s Methi Mathri recipe is flavorful and when served with mirchi ka achar it is addictive. A must try Namkeen!

Methi Mathri

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 30

 Main Ingredients:

  •  flour
  •   kasuri methi


  •   Flour - 1 1/2 cups (maida)
  •   Whole wheat flour - 1/2 cup (atta)
  •   Semolina - 1 tbsp (sooji/upma rava) (optional)
  •   Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp (freshly ground) (optional)
  •   Ghee - 4 heaped tbsps (or oil)
  •   Tymol seeds - 1 tsp (vaamu/ajwain/omam) OR cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Kasuri methi - 1 heaped tbsp (crushed)
  •   Oil for deep frying

Method for making Methi Mathri

In a stainless steel vessel, add flour, atta, semolina, ajwain, kasuri methi, ghee (or oil) and salt and combine well. The mixture should resemble fine bread crumbs. Slowly add warm water and knead into a stiff yet pliabale dough. Keep aside covered for 15-20 mts.
Pinch off small lemon sized balls of the dough and roll into slightly thick puris, approx 3″. Prick all over with a fork.
Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel and once oil is hot, reduce to low medium flame. Place 6-8 mathris based on the size of the vessel and fry till golden brown, flipping over and cooking both the sides. Increase flame to medium high towards the end of the cooking process and when the mathris attain a golden shade, drain and place on absorbent paper.
On cooling, mathris attain a crisp texture. Store in airtight containers. Serve them with tea.


  •   You can use 1 cup atta and 1/2 cup maida too.
  •   You can add coarsely crushed coriander seeds and fennels seeds for variation in flavor.
  •   The dough should not be soft.
  •   Mathris can be stored upto a month in airtight containers.


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  • jyo

    can i also add a tsp red chilli pwdr to make it spicy ??

    • Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, you can even add freshly ground black pepper powder.

  • swati

    can we also use fresh methi leaves?