Masala Mathri | Indian Spiced Fried Savoury Crackers

How to make Masala Mathri/Indian Spiced Fried Savoury Crackers  step wise:

See, what did I gather for you today? Fall leaves from my backyard! Did you really think so? I am wondering. I’ve for you the great Halloween’s Mathri Salted Cookies or fried crackers! Of late, I went shopping and bought few Halloweens or Fall themed cookie moulds. And all I desired was to bake some fall cookies, but you know Diwali is almost here. So, here I’m starting for this Diwali with some Punjabi masala (spiced) Mathris. Now, I can serve my little surprise guests with the Mathri disguised as Halloween cookies.

Mathri is a traditional Indian snack which is crispy, either fried or baked. I generously fried them this time as it’s Diwali and I didn’t want to limit my indulgence. It can be eaten fresh or stored for 2 months when kept in air tight containers. They are a delight to the tea time or can be enjoyed with pickles.


So here is what I have for my Diwali and Halloween:




  1. All Purpose Flour/ Maida : 2 cups
  2. Wheat Flour / Gehun ka Atta: 1 cup
  3. Chickpea Flour / Besan : 1 cup
  4. Semolina / Suji or Rava : 1/4 cup
  5. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Fennel seeds – 2 tsp
  7. Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Carom seeds / Ajwain – 1 tsp
  9. Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  10. Cloves – 5 pieces
  11. Dried Fenugreek Leaves / Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp
  12. Salt – according to taste
  13. Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup for dough
  14. Vegetable Oil – for deep frying

Steps of Preparation:

  1. Sieve the flours (all purpose flour, wheat flour, chickpea flour) in the mixing bowl.

    Matri - Step 1
    Step 1
  2. Crush the dry spices in a mortar pestle or a dry grinder, coarsely and add to the sieved dry flours.

    Mathri - Step 2
    Step 2
  3. Add the 1/4 cup of the vegetable oil to the dry ingredients and start mixing using your hands so that no lump is created.
    Mathri - Step 3
    Step 3


    Mathri - Step 4
    Step 4
  4. Then add water slowly and knead the dough to make one of a firm consistency.

    Mathri - Step 5
    Step 5
  5. After the dough is made, cover it and let it rest for around 20 mins.
  6. Then divide the entire dough to around 4 – 5 medium sized balls.

    Mathri - Step 6
    Step 6
  7. Roll those balls of dough to thick disc or Chapati. Using the cookie cutter scoop out the rolled shapes. You can use any cookie cutter of your choice. Traditionally it’s made in a round shape or a flattened conical shape.
    Mathri - Step 7
    Step 7


    Mathri - Step 8
    Step 8
  8. After the cutting in the desired shape, prick with a fork to avoid puffing like a poori.
    Mathri - Step 9
    Step 9


    Mathri - Step 10
    Step 10
  9. Heat the vegetable oil to a low to medium temperature and fry it till it turns golden brown.
    Mathri - Step 11
    Step 11


    Mathri - Step 12
    Step 12

    Relish your Mathri Mathri

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Masala Mathri | Indian Spiced Fried Savoury Crackers
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 10
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Mathri is a crispy fried snack served during Diwali or at tea time or on a rainy day. This can be enjoyed dipped with some spicy Indian pickle too.


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  1. Sandhya said:

    Beautiful… Innovative. My kids really loved it 🙂

    January 14, 2017
    • Shreemaa said:

      Thanks Sandhya.

      January 14, 2017
  2. Anonymous said:

    Thnks for such a healthy snack…sth new…im dfntly going to try

    February 7, 2018

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