Baked Mathri…Three Pepper Sisters!!!

Baked Mathri or Baked Salted Crackersif you please…typically deep fried, I converted Mom’s regular mathri recipe to a baked one as I didn’t want to make the effort of deep frying them and dealing with all that left over oil…not as good as the fried version but pretty yum nonetheless .

Baked Mathri/Baked Salted crackers


  • Maida/All purpose flour, 1 cup or Atta/Whole wheat flour, 1 cup or half cup of each
  • Suji/Semolina, ¼ cup
  • Baking powder, ½ tsp
  • Salt, ¾ tsp or to taste
  • Cumin seeds, ½ tsp
  • Hing/Asafoetida, ¼ tsp (optional)
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, ¾ tsp
  • Fresh green chilies, chopped, 2-3
  • Fresh red chilies, chopped, 2-3 (or substitute with red chili flakes)
  • Melted Ghee or Oil, 3 tbsp if using maida and 4 tbsp if using atta
  • Water to knead the dough (I used a little more than ¼ cup)

Take a mixing bowl and combine all the dry ingredients. Add the ghee/oil and mix with your fingertips for about 4-5 minutes.

Start adding water a tablespoon at a time and bring the dough together to fairly stiff dough without kneading too much. Cover the dough with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and keep aside for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a baking tray with oil spray or oil.

Divide the dough into two parts.

Roll out the dough into a little less than ¼ “ thickness flat disc and then cut them into desired shapes using cookie cutter or knife.

Prick them a fork all over and place them on the prepared baking tray.

Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes on one side and then flip and bake for about 5 more minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack and once cool, store in an airtight container.

Serve with tea, pickle or any chutney/dip of your choice.


Other flavoring you can use:

  • Ajwain/carom seeds, Kasoori Methi/Dried Fenugreek leaves and Black pepper
  • Ajwain/carom seeds and Black pepper
  • Kalonji/Nigella seeds and Black pepper
  • Italian seasoning and Black pepper
  • Red chili flakes and Oregano
  • Add some sesame seeds or flax seeds to the dough
  • Add some ginger paste to the dough


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