misal pav recipe, how to make maharashtrian misal pav recipe

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misal pav is a popular mumbai street food of usal (sprouts curry) topped with onions, tomatoes, farsan (fried savory mixture), lemon juice and served with pav.

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misal pav recipe with step by step photos. misal pav is a popular and delicious maharashtrian breakfast recipe and one of my favorite food. growing up in mumbai, i have had misal pav in many places. my mom would also make misal pav at home many times.

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there are many variations of making misal in maharashtra. usually moth bean sprouts (matki sprouts) or mixed beans sprouts are used. other variations of usal on the blog are:

i usually make the misal less spicy as that how we prefer it. but there are some really spicy misal like the kolhapuri misal. i have also posted easy one pot method of making delicious misal pav recipe (with video).

i either make this usal curry made with matki sprouts or my mom’s usal recipe for making misal pav. in this recipe i have used homemade matki sprouts. if you want to know how to sprouts moth beans or mung beans, then you can check the method here on how to sprout mung beans.

moth bean sprouts matki sprouts

misal pav can be had as a breakfast, snack or as a brunch. its a delicious and wholesome meal, especially if the pav (buns) is made from wheat flour or if you could make your own healthy bread.

i usually make whole wheat pav or buns at home whenever i make misal pav. i have also shared the recipes of:

few more street food recipes you may like are:

misal pav, misalpav, misal pav recipe
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misal pav recipe

misal pav is a popular mumbai street food of usal (sprouts curry) topped with onions, tomatoes, farsan (fried savory mixture), lemon juice and served with pav.

course breakfasts, main course, snacks
cuisine indian street food, mumbai street food
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 45 minutes
total time 1 hour
servings 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for the usal (sprouts curry)

  • 2 cups moth bean sprouts (matki sprouts) or mixed bean sprouts - i used about 1 cup of moth beans to prepare the sprouts
  • 2 small to medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1 large or medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 green chilies (hari mirch), chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic + 1 inch ginger, - crushed in a mortar-pestle to a fine paste
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai or sarson)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoon goda masala or kala masala
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • 1.5 teaspoons tamarind, soaked in ⅓ or ½ cup water or 2 to 3 kokums
  • ¾ to 1 cup water or add as required
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • salt as required

for the misal pav

  • 8 to 10 pav (bread rolls) or bread slices as required
  • ½ cup finely chopped onions
  • ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes optional
  • ½ to 1 cup thick sev or farsan (chiwda), fried savory snack mixture
  • 1 lemon or lime quartered or diced
  • cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ cup fresh curd or yogurt, beaten, optional

how to make recipe

preparation for misal pav recipe

  1. rinse the moth bean sprouts first in running water.
  2. drain and then add the sprouts, cubed potatoes, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, salt in a pressure cooker. the water should be covering the matki sprouts about ½ inch above. if using mixed bean sprouts, you will have to add more water.

  3. pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles.
  4. in a small bowl soak the tamarind in ⅓ or ½ cup warm water for 25 to 30 mins.

  5. squeeze the tamarind and extract the pulp. keep the tamarind pulp aside.

making usal for misal pav

  1. heat oil in another pan. crackle the mustard seeds first.

  2. then add the cumin and saute for some seconds till the cumin gets golden.
  3. add the chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  4. then add the curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste and green chilies
  5. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  6. add the remaining ¼ tsp turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder and goda masala.

  7. stir and then add the tamarind pulp. saute till the raw aroma of the tamarind goes away.

  8. drain the pressure cooked matki sprouts and potatoes and add them to the tamarind pulp.
  9. stir and add ¾ to 1 cup water or more water if required.

  10. season with salt and simmer the usal for 8 to 10 mins on a low flame with occasional stirrings.
  11. lastly garnish with coriander leaves. if you want you can also add sugar or jaggery.

assembling the misal pav

  1. whilst the usal is simmering, you can prep the toppings for the misal pav.
  2. finely chop the onions and tomatoes. keep aside.
  3. take the steaming usal in 3 to 4 individual serving bowls or plates.

  4. in each bowl of usal, first add the chopped onions and tomatoes.
  5. then top usal with chopped coriander leaves. squeeze a few drops of lemon juice. then top it with farsan or chiwda.

  6. serve the misal bowl in a plate with pav buns and slices of lemon, chopped onion and mix farsan/sev/chiwda. enjoy the misal pav.

preparation to make misal pav recipe

1. rinse 2 cups of moth bean sprouts first in running water.

misal pav recipe

2. drain the sprouts very well and add them in a pressure cooker.

misal pav recipe

3. also add 2 medium sized potatoes (chopped), ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt in the pressure cooker.

misal pav recipe

4. the water should be covering the matki sprouts about ½ inch above.  if using mixed bean sprouts, then you will have to add more water.

misal pav recipe

5. add 1 teaspoon of salt or as required.

misal pav recipe

6. pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles on a medium flame.

misal pav recipe

7. in a small bowl, soak the tamarind in ⅓ or ½ cup warm or hot water for 25 to 30 minutes.

misal pav recipe

8. squeeze the tamarind and extract the pulp. keep the tamarind pulp aside.

misal pav recipe

9. measure and keep all the spices ready for the misal pav.

misal pav recipe

making usal for misal pav

10. heat 3 tablespoons of oil in another pan.

misal pav recipe

11. crackle 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds first.

misal pav recipe

12. then add 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds. saute for some seconds till the cumin gets golden.

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13. add one large or medium sized onion (chopped).

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14. saute till the onions turn translucent.

misal pav recipe

15. then add 10 to 12 curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste (3 to 4 garlic cloves + 1 inch ginger, crushed to a paste in mortar-pestle) and 1 to 2 green chilies (chopped).

misal pav recipe

16. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

misal pav recipe

17. add the remaining ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, ½ teaspoon red chili powder and 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of goda masala. you can check the recipe of goda masala here – how to make goda masala

misal pav recipe

18. stir & mix the spice powders well.

misal pav recipe

19. then add the tamarind pulp.

misal pav recipe

20. simmer till the raw aroma of the tamarind goes away.

misal pav recipe

21. drain the pressure cooked matki sprouts and potatoes.

misal pav recipe

22. add them to the tamarind pulp.

misal pav recipe

23. stir and add ¾ to 1 cup water or more water if required.

misal pav recipe

24. season with salt as required.

misal pav recipe

25. if you want you can also add 1 teaspoon of sugar or jaggery.

misal pav recipe

26. simmer the usal for 8 to 10 minutes on a low flame with occasional stirrings.

misal pav recipe

27. lastly garnish with coriander leaves.

misal pav recipe

assembling misal pav

28. whilst the usal is simmering, you can prep the toppings for the misal pav. finely chop the onion and tomato. keep aside. tomatoes are optional and can be skipped if you want.

misal pav recipe
29. take the steaming hot usal in 4 to 5 serving bowls or plates.

misal pav recipe

30. in each bowl of usal, first add the chopped onions and tomatoes.

misal pav recipe

31. then top the usal with chopped coriander leaves.

misal pav recipe

32. squeeze a few drops of lemon juice. then top it with farsan or chiwda.

misal pav recipe

33. garnish with slices of lemon, chopped onion and mix farsan/sev/chiwda. serve the misal in a bowl or a plate with pav buns. enjoy the misal pav.

misal pav recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hi Dassana,
    I am big fan of your simple yet elegant cooking,have been following your blog from past 5 years and I must say that the variety you possess is mind boggling! me being a foodie absolutely love it. tried usal today at home and it came out exceedingly well!
    Thanks.

    • Welcome Nikhil. Thanks for your positive feedback and kind words. Glad to know that you are making recipes from the blog for last 5 years. Glad to get this appreciation from a foodie.