The dish that I have brought on this forum today is a very popular street food from Delhi Popularly known as Kulcha Matar (Yeasted flat bread paired with curried yellow peas).It can be had any time of the year and one can spot small small vendors standing under a shady tree at every nook and corner of the city selling famous Kulcha Matar. It is a very simple dish to make and can be relished any time of the day.It can serve as a very good snack item as well as can form the proper meal too depending on the hour of the day it is had.The spicy taste of the curried lentils is very beautifully balanced by the slightly sweetish taste of the kulcha along with some onion salad.Below follows the recipe of the same.
Curried yellow peas
- 1 cup dried yellow peas
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 medium sized Tomatoes finely chopped
- 2 tbsp ginger finely chopped
- Sliced green chilies as per the heat required
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1/2-1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp freshly prepared Garam masala powder( 1 tsp cumin,5-6 black pepper corn,1 black cardamom,1/2″ cinnamon,3-4 cloves,1 bay leaf all grounded together to a fine powder.)
- Salt to taste
- 2-3 tbsp oil
- Fresh green coriander for garnishing
- 1 lemon
- Soak the dried peas for at least 6 -7 hours .
- Pressure cook the peas with little salt till they are soft but do not turn mushy with just enough water that measures upto the first mark of the finger from the surface of the peas.
- In a skillet heat oil and add onions to it.When the onions turn golden add turmeric powder,coriander powder,cumin powder and red chili powder.Stir fry them for a few seconds and then add tomatoes to it.Cook till tomatoes are soft and tender and the spice mix becomes smooth and start leaving the oil.
- Add chopped ginger and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the boiled peas into it and give it a nice mix.Season it with salt.Add garam masala powder and simmer it for 5 minutes.Switch off the flame .
- Garnish it with green coriander and chilies with a dash of fresh lemon juice.
- Serve hot along with the bread of your choice and some onion salad.I have served along with home made kulchas.
Kulcha(Indian yeasted flat bread)
For the ingredients of the dough and the recipe please refer to my previous blog on “my middle Eastern plate”. It is almost same as that of pita bread except that I have topped them with green coriander and nigella seeds (kalongi )
SO SAVOUR THE FAMOUS KULCHA AND MATAR TILL I COME BACK WITH A NEW TASTE SENSATION.