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Khasta Mathri – Indian Savory Crackers

Khasta Mathri - Indian Savory Crackers

Khasta Mathri - Indian Savory Crackers

Khasta Mathri is a popular, classic savory snack. You can serve these Mathries with pickle at tea time or you can enjoy as is! For all the upcoming holidays, Mathries make a good snack to have around to serve to all guests. They also make for a simple but special homemade gift.
4.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour maida or plain flour
  • 2 Tbsp sooji semolina flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper crushed
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds jeera
  • 2 Tbsp oil canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chilled water
  • 2 drops lemon juice
  • oil to fry


  • Mix the flour, sooji, salt, black pepper, cumin seeds, lemon drops and oil. Note lemon should be just 2-3 drops, we are not adding this to flavor, lemon is added to give the crispness, also Mathries will absorbed less oil.
  • Add the chilled water slowly, mixing with your fingers as you pour. Do not knead the dough. The dough should be soft.
  • Cover the dough and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes. Divide the dough into about 20 equal parts, I decided to make 14.
  • Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. Roll them into 2-inch circles. Prick each mathri with a fork about 6-8 places, both sides each, to prevent puffing the mathri when frying.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on low medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. 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.
  • Fry mathri in batches, making sure to place just enough mathri to cover the frying oil. Fry them until both sides are a light golden-brown. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Take them out over paper towel, which will absorb the extra oil


Serve the Khasta Mathri with cranberry pickle, or Chatpata Aloo
Khasta Mathris can be stored for a couple of months in airtight containers.
If the mathris are cooked on high heat, they will be soft.
Keyword Mathri, Salted Crackers, Tea Time Snack
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