Mathi – North Indian Carom Seed Crackers


March 2, 2016

Mathi is a savoury fried, flaky, biscuit spiced with carom seeds. We tend to have these crackers with a cuppa or as a snack with mango pickle. Also great served as a canapé
As well as the frying method we’ve included the healthier option of baking. Baking results in a denser, crisper texture: try them with cheese and chutney.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 18-20


250 g Plain Flour

4 tbsp Sunflower oil

1 tsp Carom Seeds

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

5-6 tbsp Warm water or as required

Oil for frying


1In a mixing bowl shift the flour; add all the spices and mix well. Rub the oil evenly in to the flour with fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

2Gradually add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time and mix. When the mixture can easily be gathered together; form a stiff dough, shape into a ball, cover and rest for 10 minutes.

3Heat oil for frying in a large pan.

4Roll the dough out to about an inch in thickness. Use a small biscuit or cookie cutter to cut the discs.

5With a fork prick each disc on both sides


1Fry in small batches in medium to hot oil for 5 minutes or until crisp and golden.

2Drain, when cooled store an air tight container


1Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2Lightly brush the circles with oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden.

3For an even baking turn over the mathis after 10 mins

4Once cooled, store in an air tight container.

Spice Corner

1Carom seeds are light brown in colour; they look like a smaller version of cumin seeds. They are highly fragrant and taste like thyme. If you have a problem sourcing carom seeds contact us at

If frying 5-10 mins. If Baking 20-30 mins


2 Reviews


May 20, 2020

They do really make all the difference – Carom seeds in a curry taste nice too!


May 20, 2020

We found the carom seeds in the local Indian shop, they really do tasty yummy.

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