Baked Methi Mathri

Holi, the festival of colors is in a couple of weeks’ time, and when I saw Holi Recipes as one of the Blogging Marathon themes for this month, without any second thought, I picked it up. All the chaats and snacks, fall under the Holi recipe category, and I have posted most of them last September. This time, I wanted to keep it simple and healthy yet delicious.  So I am starting off with perfect tea time snack – Methi Mathri, precisely Baked Methi Mathri. 

Mathri is a flaky, savory biscuits prepared mainly with flour and it is pretty popular in North West India. There are different varieties of Mathri based on the flavor like masala mathri, methi mathri, plain jeera mathri, etc. Today I am going to share the baked version of the methi mathri. When I was searching for traditional Holi recipes, I stumbled upon this NDTV food link, and I picked three from there. Can you guess what would be the other two?       MethiMathriCloseUp

I was contemplating if I should fry or bake. As my attempts with baking murukku, vada, tikki, and shankarpaare were successful, I thought of baking these mathris. Touchwood, I was able to get crispy and crunchy guilt free snacks this time too. :-)  Instead of adding my observations in the notes section, I thought of adding it here. The key thing to get a crunchy mathri is entirely dependent upon the thickness of the mathri. Try to roll it thin, less than or equal to ¼ inch. I tried a few pieces with ½ inch thickness, and they took comparatively longer time to bake and also the next day they were bit hard. But the thin ones stayed crisp and crunchy for two plus days. (Being a savory person, I munched them all) The time to bake is dependent on the oven temperature. I baked at 375 deg F for 12 minutes and flipped them and then baked for 13 minutes.  You can try at 350 deg F or 400 deg F too. 

MethiMathri

Here is how I prepared the mathri. (Printable recipe at the bottom. )

Ingredients:

  • Rava / Semolina / Fine Sooji – 1/3 cup
  • Maida / All Purpose Flour – 1/3 cup
  • Wheat Flour – 1/3 cup
  • Ajwain / Carom Seeds  – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera / Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi / Dried Fenugreek Leaves. – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tsps + for greasing
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Prep – Work:

  • Crush the ajwain and jeera in a mortar pestle or just pulse them coarsely in the blender and set aside.
  • Sieve the maida and wheat flour.

Steps:

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  • In a wide mixing bowl, add the maida, wheat flour, semolina and the salt.
  • Add the melted ghee and two tsps of oil and mix the ingredients nicely. Make sure the ghee and oil are incorporated nicely.

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  • Now add the pepper powder, crushed ajwain-jeera mix, and kasoori methi and mix again.

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  • Add water little by little and mix the ingredients to form a thick dough. Do not add the entire water at one. Add water on the required basis. The dough should be thick/stiff and moist.
  • You don’t need to knead the dough. Once the dough is formed, cover it a bowl or damp cloth and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cover a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil. If using aluminum foil, spray some oil and set aside.
  • Pre heat the oven to 375 degree Celsius.
  • After 20 minutes, divide the dough into two parts and start to roll them. If the working surface is big enough, you don’t need to divide the dough. Roll them like a roti with ¼ inch thickness.
  • Using a cookie cutter, carve out your favorite shapes and place them on the baking tray.
  • Do the same for the rest of the dough.
  • Brush the carved out mathris with oil using a baking brush.

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  • Now, bake this for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • After 12 minutes, flip them and grease them with oil again which is optional.
  • Bake it again for 15 minutes.
  • Let it cool and store in airtight container. After 15 minutes, if you feel that they mathris are still uncooked, baked again for five more minutes. As I mentioned the baking time depends on the thickness.

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Notes:

  • Adding Rava or semolina is optional. You can ignore rava and go with the half cup of maida and half cup of wheat flour.
  • Instead of adding ghee and oil, you can add either one.
  • I love the flavor of kasoori methi, so went with 1 tbsp for this measure. But please adjust the kasoori methi as per your taste preference.
  • I did not add chili powder and also turmeric powder. I just went with ½ tsp of pepper powder for spice. But you can replace that with chili powder. Of course, the color changes when you add both chili and turmeric powder.
  • Brushing the mathris before baking and while flipping with oil is completely optional. The oil usage is comparatively less, so I went ahead and brushed them.
  • The baking temperature depends upon the thickness of the mathris. So roll them thin as much as you can for crispy mathris.

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Baked Methi Mathri
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Holi special baked methi mathri - flaky savory biscuits prepared with all purpose flour, wheat flour, semolina and dried fenugreek leaves.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Servings: 15 Mathris
Author: Srividhya G
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup Rava / Semolina / Fine Sooji
  • 1/3 cup Maida / All Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain / Carom Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kasoori Methi / Dried Fenugreek Leaves
  • 2 tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 2 tsps Oil Plus for brushing
  • 1/2 cup Water
Instructions
Prep Work
  1. Crush the ajwain and jeera in a mortar pestle or just pulse them coarsely in the blender and set aside.

  2. Sieve the maida and wheat flour.

Procedure
  1. In a wide mixing bowl, add the maida, wheat flour, semolina and the salt.
  2. Add the melted ghee and two tsps of oil and mix the ingredients nicely. Make sure the ghee and oil are incorporated nicely.
  3. Now add the pepper powder, crushed ajwain-jeera mix, and kasoori methi and mix again.
  4. Add water little by little and mix the ingredients to form a thick dough. Do not add the entire water at one. Add water on the required basis. The dough should be thick/stiff and moist.
  5. You don’t need to knead the dough. Once the dough is formed, cover it a bowl or damp cloth and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cover a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium foil. If using aluminum foil, spray some oil and set aside.
  7. Pre heat the oven to 375 degree Celsius.
  8. After 20 minutes, divide the dough into two parts and start to roll them. If the working surface is big enough, you don’t need to divide the dough. Roll them like a roti with ¼ inch thickness.
  9. Using a cookie cutter, carve out your favorite shapes and place them on the baking tray.
  10. Do the same for the rest of the dough.
  11. Brush the carved out mathris with oil using a baking brush.
  12. Now, bake this for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.
  13. After 12 minutes, flip them and grease them with oil again which is optional.
  14. Bake it again for 15 minutes.
  15. Let it cool and store in airtight container. After 15 minutes, if you feel that they mathris are still uncooked, baked again for five more minutes. As I mentioned the baking time depends on the thickness.
Recipe Notes
  • Adding Rava or semolina is optional. You can ignore rava and go with half cup of maida and half cup of wheat flour.
  • Instead of adding ghee and oil, you can add either one.
  • I love the flavor of kasoori methi, so went with 1 tbsp for this measure. But please adjust the kasoori methi as per your taste preference.
  • I did not add chilli powder and also turmeric powder. I just went with ½ tsp of pepper powder for spice. But you can replace that with chilli powder. Of course, the color changes when you add both chilli and turmeric powder.
  • Brushing the mathris before baking and while flipping with oil is completely optional. The oil usage is comparatively less so I went ahead and brushed them.
  • The baking temperature depends upon the thickness of the mathris. So roll them thin as much as you can for crispy mathris.

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