Savory Snack ~ Matri

Its not everyday that I find myself sitting in the verandah overlooking the garden, relishing deep-fried comforts over a cup of masala chai. Well, today was one such day that I treated myself to a crispy North Indian snack over a cup of hot chai. I prepared Matri that makes a great snack with tea. The recipe is from my friend’s mother whose matris have a pronounced ajwain and semolina flavor. Crisp on bite and addictive!


Will post a baked version of Matri, the next time I prepare them.

Matri Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 40 mts

Cuisine: North Indian



3/4 cup maida/all purpose flour

1/4 cup atta/whole wheat flour

1 cup semolina/sooji

large pinch salt

1 tsp ajwain/waamu

1 tbsp ghee

warm water for kneading

oil for deep frying

1 In a vessel, combine flour, atta, semolina, ajwain, ghee and salt and combine well. Slowly add warm water and knead into a soft dough. Keep aside covered for 15-20 mts.
2 Pinch off small lemon sized balls of the dough and roll into slightly thick puris, approx 3″. Place on a cloth and prick all over with a fork.
3 Heat oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel and once oil is piping hot, reduce to medium flame. Place 6-8 matris based on the size of the vessel and fry till golden brown, flipping over and cooking both the sides. Increase flame towards the end of the cooking process when the matris attain a slight golden shade, drain and place on absorbent paper. On cooling, matris attain a crisp texture.
4 Store in airtight containers and serve with tea.

Savory Snack ~ Matri

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  whole wheat flour


  • Uma

    mmm. yummy matris. Never made them! Looks so crunchy! I will wait for the baked version. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sowjanya

    Baked version sounds good. Guilt free snack ๐Ÿ™‚ is’nt it? Will wait for them.

  • Sudha

    wonderful snack…:)

  • Mandira

    nice…have been looking for a good matri recipe and love that your’s doesn’t just have white flour. can’t wait for a baked version but in the meantime am making this tomorrow…!

  • Kalyani

    new recipe to me .. Will try soon for my daughter … she likes snacks …

  • sandeepa

    is this same as mathri ?

    Yes, Sandeepa.

  • R.Punitha

    Hi Sailu ,

    Your matri looks very crispy, and mouth watering snack.
    It is very much useful at tea time.
    Thank you a lot sailu.
    Bye, take care…

  • santhisri

    Namaste Sailugaru,

    I love cooking n always like to learn new and best recipes from highly professional people who cook with love n sraddha…so while surfing net i got ur website..n You R Really Awesome with all ur pictures n such a nice work as ur’s ..Really u deserve to be appreciated…Very very beautiful n tasty cooking site. Hat’s off to ur hard work. It shows ur dedication towards cooking …Now I became ur fan….All the best n keep it up.

  • manu

    hello sailu,
    wonderful snack as usual!!! i have a small doubt, can we use rice flour in place of suji??? pl kindly let me knw!!!


    Manu, you have to use sooji.

  • Namrita Awasthi

    Hello Sailu,
    I like your above recipe. I make matri’s at home without sooji. Can you please tell me why do we add sooji to Matri. Does it have any nutritional value or any other reason??

    It lends crispness to the matri, Namrita.