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Matar Chaat

Matar Chaat Recipe

Matar Chaat made with white peas tossed with roasted peanuts, onion, tomatoes, spices. A delicious street style chaat recipe made with dry yellow whole peas. Also known as Safed Vatana. A healthy delicious vegan gluten-free Indian appetiser or snack.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: indian cuisine
Keyword: Chaat Recipe, indian street food, matar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking time: 6 hours
Servings: 4
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • pressure cooker


  • 1 cup Dried white peas safed Matar
  • ½ cup Peanuts
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • 1 to matoes chopped
  • 1 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kala namak
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala powder


Cooking White Peas

  • 1- Soak 1 cup dried white peas/ vatana or (safed matar) in water for overnight or minimum 6 hours. After that rinse the soaked peas and  discard the water.
  • Now transfer the soaked peas into pressure cooker add enough water to submerge the peas in water. Add salt and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • If you are cooking peas in the Instant pot transfer the soaked peas into inner steel pot of your Instant Pot.  Add 1.5 cups (12 oz) water, salt and cook on pressure cook mode. Cook  for 15 minutes. Make sure to set the valve on sealing position.
  • After opening the instant pot or pressure cooker(after releasing the pressure) open the lid and strain the peas. You want dry cooked peas for this chaat. Allow these peas to cool down.

Roasting the Peanuts

  • I have used raw peanuts so on slow to medium heat I roast peanuts. While roasting peanuts make sure that heat is low and keep it stirring. We want to use roasted peanuts and not the burned ones.
  • After roasting, with a spatula press on the peanuts to remove the skins. After that blow away the skin.
    This is a messy step so if you want to use pre roasted peanuts that is a better idea.

Making Matar Chaat

  • Transfer the peas into to a large bowl and then add to it- chopped onion, chopped tomato, red chili powder, chopped cilantro, cumin powder, kala namak, chaat masala and a good squeeze of fresh lime juice.
  • Toss them well and enjoy this healthy delicious , no-oil chaat for snack or a light meal.



While pressure cooking peas make sure they retain their shape we do not want mushy peas for this chaat. If that happens I suggest you make this recipe of Matar Chaat.
You can use canned white peas for this but make sure to rinse them before and take care while adding salt.
You can pre-boil the peas and store in the fridge so that you can make this chaat in minutes.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4mg