Plain Mathi


Plain mathi and nimbu da achar are the things dreams are made of.

There are a number of types of mathi, obviously plain mathi, but there’s methi, black pepper, carom seed, and even sweet mathi. They’re all delicious and well worth the work. Mathi is amazing with achar of any kind – mango, gobi shalgam, mixed, and you get the hint. Mathi is simply, the Punjabi chip. Crisp, crunchy, wheaty, and delicious.

Incredibly easy to make and can be stored for a week or more, if kept in an air tight container. You can use mathi as a snack, base for a chat, or serve them with dip. I love them because they’re much more flavorful and hearty than ye’ old generic all purpose flour crackers. And in Punjab, mathis are synonymous with snacking. Clearly, they can and are made year round, but come Diwali, they’re ever present. Whether you’re visiting someone for tea or cocktails, you’re sure to see these little beauties on a platter.

Nothing beat walking out on the main st. on a cold winter day, and smelling the local sweet shop frying up what seemed like a ton of mathis. There’s something magical about them, when they’re fresh out of the fryer and piping hot. Now, if you’re pretending to be healthier, like I am, but still want to eat mathi – you could consider sticking these in the air fryer. You’ll want to heat the air fryer to about 270 degrees, and fry these for 20 minutes. Then make sure to let them cool completely before putting them away.

Love snacking as much as we do? Try these:

Plain Mathi

Course: SnacksCuisine: PunjabiDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 3/4 cup water

  • Oil for frying


  • Mix:
  • In a medium bowl, sift in flour and salt.
  • Add in ghee/oil and water.
  • Knead the dough with a firm hand to avoid too much air in it.
  • Cover and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Roll:
  • Dust work surface with flour.
  • Roll dough till it’s 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut:
  • Using a round cookie cutter, cut out as many mathis as you can.
  • Re-roll dough, and repeat until the dough is finished.
  • With a fork poke a couple holes in each piece.
  • Fry:
  • In medium size pot pour 3 inches of oil.
  • Heat oil over medium heat till lightly smoking.
  • Fry in batches till the pieces are a reddish golden brown.
  • Remove and set aside on a few paper towels over a cooling rack.
  • I find it’s best to double fry them to ensure that they’re crispy. Remember you don’t want these chewy, they need to have a crisp snap to them.
  • Air Fryer Option:
  • Heat air fryer to 270 degrees.
  • Fry in batches till the pieces are a reddish golden brown, Approximately 20 minutes.
  • Cool completely before storing.
  • Serve:
  • Serve with tea or coffee as a savory snack or the more common use as the base of your chaat.


  • Store in an air tight container.

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Nutrition Facts

10 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 0.4g 0%
  • Sodium 59mg 3%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 27mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 19.1g 7%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.7g 0%
    • Sugars 0.1g
  • Protein 2.6g 4%
  • Iron 6%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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