Ria's Collection: Matri - A love from Rajasthan!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Matri - A love from Rajasthan!

I love travelling and I love blogging! So its very exciting for me to club them together :D I visited the land of camels,desserts,sunsets,mirrors,glass bangles,bandhani way back in Nov '05 during my college tour.That was one of the best things about Mount Carmel College, Bangalore! I love my coll so much! It was one of the best times in my life eva! Definatley when I could rub my shoulders with Deepika Padukone (Do I need to give her an intro??? ;D ), Anushka Sharma (Rab ne Bana Di Jodi fame ),Anaitha Nair( Chak De India fame),Arya Menon (Chak De India fame),Shubra Aiyappa (Ford Supermodel,Jayalakshmi Silks model etc ),Vaishali Desai (Miss.India finalist,Ponds &Siyaram's model) as college mates & having an alumini like Lara Dutta,Nafisa Ali,Vasundhara Das... anyone would have a lovely time :D

Does it sound like I am boasting????? Heck no!!! :D Just being a tad bit modest! LOL!

Ria! Get back to the post!!! :(

Yes...and so... the trip made me an addict to matri :) After getting back I made up my mind to make it at home and eat as much as I wanted to! But somehow it just din't happen!! :( And to add onto it I couldn't source Ajwain in my small town. So during my last trip to Bangalore, I made it a point to buy and stock it! So i got a packet weighing 250 g! Actually I can make atleast 50 batches of Matri's with it!! LOL! I do get real greedy at times especially when I cannot find them in Kannur!! :D Not my fault is it??? :D

So here is the recipe:

Matri -An Indian Snack

Recipe adapted from Manjula's Kitchen

2 cups All Purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
1/2 cup sooji (semolina flour)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ajwain

2 generous pinch of Kasuri Methi ( not included in the original recipe)
4 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup lukewarm water (use as needed)
Oil to fry
Mix all the ingredients except the water.
Add the water little at a time, kneading into a firm dough.
Cover the dough and set aside for 15 minutes or more.

Divide the dough into about 40 equal parts.

Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape.Roll them into 2 inch circles.
Prick each mathri with a fork in 5 to 6 places, so the mathris do not puff when frying.

Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. The frying pan should have atleast 1 1/2 inch of oil.To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly. Fry a few matris at a time. Make sure to place just enough mathris to cover the frying oil.Fry the mathris until both sides are a light golden-brown.

Tips:Mathris can be stored for a couple of months in airtight containers. If the mathris are cooked on high heat, they will be soft.

Serving suggestion: Any spicy pickle. Will post my Stuffed Green Chilli pickle recipe soon! :D

Do I need to explain the above????? ;D LOL!!

Finally home made Matri's!

Verdict: It was very good! Loved it's crisp body&its exotic flavour enhanced by ajwain & kasuri methi. Would definately make it again & again & again.... :D


Sakshi said...

Haa now I am gonna boast that I have a friend who knows all these celebrities...Great to know that u guys were college mates. I got to rub shoulders only with a set of nerds and am glad that we don't keep in touch much...lol

hey loved ur addition of Kasuri methi to the matri's...one swell of an idea it is and I used to buy them from Jaipur and stock it in my office for munching all the time..Great clicks and its tempting me to make it here now...god my wish list of cooking recipes is increasing day by day

Unknown said...

That looks crunchy n makes a perfect sanck! i love savoury cookies..

saffronapron.blogspot.com said...

Now Ria too is like a celeb in the blogosphere:)
Loved the matris. It's a wee bit similar to kachories right. A wee bit.

Varsha Vipins said...

Haa..u have been with them?I mean "edi-podi" bandham..( u say edi n they podiii..LOLOL..:D)..Nyways that great da..4 perodu (even more than taht) parayalloo..:D:D..So..is there any chance that you hav Ranbir Kapoor's # no..:D
I really love the way you try new exotic dishes..shows ur true passion..:)..I have never tasted it,but looks really good ..crispy..:)

Rachel said...

Savoury cookies are so much better than the sweet ones...

Sakshi said...

Hey Ria I need ranbir's number first coz am the one to comment first and don't give it to Varsha ok...her kutts will kill ya...Maybe you can give her Lara's number or The Chak De gals

Ria Mathew said...

Sakshi- LOL!! yes! you can definately boast about it :D I love Kasuri Methi,especially in North Indian dishes. Gosh! Even I stock all these in my office too! Love to munch all the time! :D

Divya-It is a good snack especially while reading, blogging... It's just an excuse for me to munch on them :) Even I love savoury cookies :)

Smita-Thanks Smita! Ahhh atleast this way maybe I can be a celeb! LOL!! In their shadows!! :D
It is a wee bit similar to kachories except for the fact that they have a filling inside :)

Varsha-Thanks Varsha!!Yes! I have been with them..but no edi-podi bandham! LOL! Do try this...it's really yum.. especially to munch on while blogging ( give a break to your fav pavam Cadbury's ;D )

Rachel- I agree with you! But in cookie had butter in it i'll be partial! :D LOVE butter!! :D

Sakshi & Varsha-I don't know what on earth makes you guys think that I'll part with MY darling Ranbir's no!! :D LOL! Sorry guys! Now you guys decide upon how to handle this tragic event :D Buhahahahaha!!!

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