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cilantro mathri served in a brass box
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Cilantro chips

Cilantro Mathri is one of the popular Indian snack recipes that's loved by all! These fried savory Indian veggie biscuits/crisps are quick and easy to make. It can be made in 30 minutes using basic pantry staples.
Course Snack
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 141.53kcal

Equipment

  • Frying pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add rice flour, maida or all-purpose flour, sesame seeds, paprika, turmeric powder, and salt.
  • Then add chopped cilantro.
  • Followed by yogurt.
  • Mix all the ingredients together. Knead into a soft dough using oil and water as required.
  • Make small balls of the dough, flatten each ball with a rolling pin.
  • Prick all over with a fork. This prevents them from puffing while frying.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut out desired shapes, 1/4 inch thick.
  • Now heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry them in batches until both sides are a light golden brown.
  • As they are fried and cooked they will start to float on top. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Keep them on a kitchen towel to soak the excess oil.
  • Cool them completely before serving or storing. As it cools, it will get more crispy and become slightly dark in color.

Notes

Use fresh cilantro in this recipe. You can experiment with the flavor of these veggie crisps by adding methi/fenugreek leaves, palak/spinach, mint leaves, or mixed herbs.
Cover the prepared dough with a wet cloth to prevent it from drying. The dough can be prepared in advance and be frozen or refrigerated. 
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. If the mathris are cooked on high heat, they will be soft. Fry on medium heat.
To make it vegan, skip adding yogurt and use water instead to knead the dough. You can swap the flours used with multigrain flours. Adding semolina or rava will give it a coarse and crispy texture.
Don't want to fry them? You can bake them too! Bake them for about 12-15 minutes until golden brown in the oven at 400 degrees F.
Just note, the thicker they are, the longer it will take to bake. You can even air-fry them.

Nutrition

Calories: 141.53kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.65g | Protein: 3.35g | Fat: 3.79g | Saturated Fat: 0.45g | Sodium: 2.33mg | Potassium: 78.06mg | Fiber: 1.61g | Sugar: 0.26g | Vitamin A: 904.8IU | Vitamin C: 0.27mg | Calcium: 37.52mg | Iron: 1.21mg