Crispy Matri

Matri or Matti as it is called in Punjabi is a fried snack which is very popular in Northern India. It is crispy, flaky and crunchy which is often served with tea. It is also made with dry methi or kasoori methi, cumin seeds and black pepper. Very convenient snack to take on road trips, picnics or travels and a great combination with lemon pickle. 

It was my mother-in-law’s signature snack as she  always made it for the family as Hubby fondly remembers. She made it for festivals and for anytime snacking. It is also called namak pare (salty snack) or saankh in Hindi.

Matri is made in different shapes like the traditional round puris or flower like shape (image is included in the pictures) sometimes rolled out like a large roti and cut to rectangles. 

It’s Matri time..


Yields 20-22 matris

Prep Time

30-35 minutes

Cook Time

20 -25 minutes

Total Time

About 1 hour

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 tsp carom seeds or ajwain
  • ½ -¾ tsp salt
  • Water to make dough
  • Oil to deep fry

Step 1
Mix flour, salt and carom seeds. Add oil and mix well.

Step 2
Add water to make a firm yet pliable dough. Rest the dough covered for 20-30 minutes.

Step 3
Heat oil on medium high flame. Make equal sized balls ( smaller than golf balls) out of the dough and roll into medium thickness. Take a fork and prick a few times all over so the matri doesn’t puff while frying.

Step 4
Deep fry a few matris at a time on both sides until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel. Once it is cooled store in an airtight container for upto 2-3 weeks. 

To make the 2nd image matri in the picture all you need to do is roll out into small circles slit a few times taking care not going all the way through the rolled matri and roll holding the ends into a flower.


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