Mum told me several times to join her on a trip to ‘Gokul-Mathura’, but I never got ready for it before. I visited that place for the 1st time a year back… I had a great company of near-dear ones, especially my sister-in-law, who too believes a lot in Shrinathji like me :) And we both are foodies, so apart from the history and tales of Krishna, Mathura definitely had a lot to offer us!!!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t in my pinks to have a bite of any street-food variety lined up there in markets… Huh!!! Bad health didn’t allow me to enjoy a single dish even :( I couldn’t do anything but observing nearly everything they served… Morning Tea, Mathura ke Pede, Chhole-Bhatura, Matar-Kulcha, Aloo Chat, Dahiwada, Dahi Kachori, Samosa and Chutney… and much more!!!
Next time, I’m gonna leave my calorie-chart behind and get my feet moving in those streets and lanes for the authentic flavors of these dishes…
Just a few days back, I thought of making something that I couldn’t have there :P Tried out “Matar-Bhatura” (I combined Matar-Kulcha n Chhole-Bhatura) for dinner and…. I could smell the same aroma in my kitchen!!! “Mum, count me in for the next trip” :P
Makes: 2-3 servings
1/2 cup Dried White Peas
1 Boiled Potato
1 Chopped Onion (small)
1 Chopped Tomato (small)
1/2 tsp Red Chilly Powder
1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tsp Jaljeera Powder
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
Salt, to taste
1 tbsp Cooking Oil
Chopped Coriander Leaves
Finely Chopped Onions
Finely Chopped Tomatoes
Aloo Bhujiya (optional)
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
– Soak white peas overnight in a bowl of water and pressure-cook them in morning with salt and a pinch of turmeric in water.
– Drain excess water leaving a little inside to make a medium-thick consistency of boiled peas.
– Heat oil in a deep vessel and add cumin seeds.
– Once it crackles, add chopped onion and tomato into it and cook for a while.
– Add cooked white peas and boiled potato (roughly chopped) into it along with all the spices.
– Mix everything well and cook it covered (with lid) for around 5 mins till peas are mushy in texture.
– Transfer it to a serving bowl and garnish it with chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves as per your taste! Serve it hot with Bhatura or Kulcha :)
– Recipe for making Bhatura:
Take wheat flour and maida (i used 50%-50%) in a big mixing bowl. Add salt, 1 tbsp Semolina (fine sooji) and 2 tsp oil into it. Knead a soft dough using lukewarm water. Cover with a cling wrap and keep it aside for around 15 mins. Roll out to make puri of around 6-7″ in diameter and deep-fry in oil (one at a time) till they get light brown in color. Serve these puffed puris!
– I use semolina to give a crisp texture to bhatura while frying!