misal pav recipe, how to make maharashtrian misal pav recipe

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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.

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:

misal pav, how to make misal pav

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:

if you are looking for more street food recipes then do check pav bhaji, pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri, batata vada, masala pav and ragda patties.

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misal pav recipe

misal pav recipe - 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

making usal for misal pav:

  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.
  6. heat oil in another pan.
  7. crackle the mustard seeds first.
  8. then add the cumin and saute for some seconds till the cumin gets golden.
  9. add the chopped onions and saute till translucent.
  10. then add the curry leaves, ginger-garlic paste and green chilies
  11. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  12. add the remaining ¼ tsp turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder and goda masala.

  13. stir and then add the tamarind pulp.
  14. saute till the raw aroma of the tamarind goes away.
  15. drain the pressure cooked matki sprouts and potatoes and add them to the tamarind pulp.
  16. stir and add ¾ to 1 cup water or more water if required.

  17. season with salt and simmer the usal for 8 to 10 mins on a low flame with occasional stirrings.
  18. lastly garnish with coriander leaves.
  19. 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.
  6. squeeze a few drops of lemon juice.
  7. then top it with farsan or chiwda.
  8. serve the misal bowl in a plate with pav buns and slices of lemon, chopped onion and mix farsan/sev/chiwda.
  9. enjoy the misal pav.

how 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

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

29. 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
30. take the steaming hot usal in 4 to 5 serving bowls or plates.

misal pav recipe

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

misal pav recipe

32. then top the usal with chopped coriander leaves.

misal pav recipe

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

misal pav recipe

34. 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

About

dassana amit
i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. a home science degree course further enhanced my cooking and baking skills professionally along with an internship in a five star hotel. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

all the 1800 recipes posted on blog are tried and tested and made healthy wherever possible. the recipes are detailed and with step by step pictures that will easily help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food.



73 thoughts on “misal pav recipe, how to make maharashtrian misal pav recipe

  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.

  2. I think this is the most authentic misal pav ,i can try .Can you pls share the ingredients of kala masala. So that my misal tastes best and does not turn out to be another north indian dish.

  3. Your recipes are excellent.

    I have made Chole, Rajma, Misal Pav, South indian style hotel kurma, and Lauki with chana dal subzi, following your recipes and each one of them has turned out to be delicious.

    Thank you so much for your precise instructions and step by step guidance in making the dishes. It is quite obvious that all your recipes have been tried and tested.

    Thanks again.

    • Welcome Sarada. Thanks for giving your positive feedback on recipes. Yes you are right, all recipes are tried and tested.

  4. Hello thanks you soo much for ur delicious recipes n ur immense efforts on showing it step by step. Have tired various recipes n all hv turned out awesome. Just wanted to ask along with moth beans sprouts which other sprout or beans can b used?

    • thanks a lot saniya for this feedback. you can use moong bean sprouts. you can also use mixed beans sprouts like black chana, white chana, black eyed peas (chawli), rajma beans, dried green or white peas, moong beans, val beans and moth beans.

  5. Thank you Dasanna for this mouth watering recipe.Looking forward to prepare it ASAP

    • Welcome Manisha

  6. Hie
    Ausome recipes you share
    Thanku for making me foodie
    I just love your recipes…
    This misel pav really came ausome

    • Welcome Reshu. Thanks for this positive feedback. Happy cooking.

  7. I tried missal pav for lunch today and it turned out really well. Instead of imli I tried tomato puri (homemade) and lemon. It was tasting awesome. Thank you so much!!

    • Welcome Aarti. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback and variation.

  8. A big big big thanks to you….. made this tonight…. n being a maharashtrian… my hubby n son loved it very much… it’s a big hit… thank you very much

    • pleased to know this shona 🙂 thanks for positive views. you are welcome.

  9. nicccceeee…….. recipes..i will try once this yummy recipes……thank u n god bless u..thanx once again….

    • surely try and let us know how it was maithilli 🙂 god bless you too.

  10. Hi.. Very good recipe.. Looks yummy :)I want to try cooking this recipe.Can I use sprouted moong dal as a replacement for matki sprouts? Also what is the replacement for Farsan? Can I use regular mixture or sev?

    Thanks
    Priya

    • thanks. you can use sprouted moong dal. instead of farsan you can use regular sev or mixture or even bhujia.

  11. Im big fan of your all recipes. They way you present,i bet there is no one who can do it this way,not even sanjeev kapoor. Even the hardest recipes becomes easy for me to cook. And all the appreciation which i get from my family members with regards to food goes to you:)) cheerrrrsss

    • thank you so much swati. feeling humbled as well as good. thanks once again.

  12. Hi,

    Thanks for posting traditional misal pav recipe. I want to make it but if I don’t have goda masala, what alternative I can use? also can I skip adding kokum? If you can helpm e clearing these doubts, it would be very kind of you.

    Thanks

    • welcome neha. skip goda masala and use garam masala. yes you can skip adding kokum and add tamarind pulp instead. quantity is mentioned in the ingredients list. if you do not have tamarind, then add 1 medium tomato. chop finely and saute after you saute ginger-garlic. saute till the tomatoes become pulpy and you see oil leaving the sides.

      • Thank you for such a promt reply. I will make it today. 🙂

        • sure neha and thanks.

  13. I like all ur recpie…its helpi me too make food more better thn i use to cook

    • thankyou sonica 🙂

  14. Please give some new and quick recipes for making maharashtraian cuisine

    • will try to add.

  15. I eat one time in maharashtra I really love this food thank u for sharing your recipe

    • thankyou jyoti and you are welcome 🙂

  16. I made this recipe…it was too good…
    But can u post the recipe of different variation of misal?

    • thanks suvidha. i plan to add few more variations.

      • Thanku mam…..?

        • welcome suvidha

  17. Made this using readymade Badshah goda masala. Turned out really good. Thank you.

    • welcome sush

  18. Im a big fan of all ur recepies. What I like abt the recepie is they are step by step and u even add tips. There are many websites which publish various recepies but they are not so good. Ur recepie give the authentic taste to the food n most importantly have a restaurant style.

    • thanks a lot aparna. glad to read your positive and encouraging feedback 🙂

  19. good

  20. Thanku soo much fr uploading this recipe…

    • welcome neha

  21. well researched, photographed, practically shown every step, easy to follow recipes. i have become your fan. though i do many dishes, nowadays becoming forgetful, so i peep into your recipes for confirmation. VIOLA !!!! comes better than the usual. thanks and god bless

    • welcome sudha. glad to know this. thanks for sharing your positive feedback on recipes and for your prayers.

  22. First of all THANKS TO THE AUTHER OF THIS PAGE . I have made lots of dishes using your Recipes and results have been really “TASTY” and so I will keep using this page .
    ONCE AGAIN THANKS FOR POSTING THIS PERFECT RECIPES !!

    • welcome ketan. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  23. Hi maam,
    Your recipies are really great and help me a lot. Yesterday I made tawa pulao and today missal pav both turned out to be great. Thanks so much. You do a great job and help us make our family happy. 🙂

    • welcome sneha. glad to know this. thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes.

  24. Awesome receipie helped me to cook after a long time

    • thanks sweta

  25. Thank you owesum receipe

    • welcome reena

  26. i love cooking

  27. Owsum recipi jhat pat ekdum

    • thanks akash

  28. Super hit! Misal pav was yummy. Thank you for this simple and tasty recipe. I’m surely coming back for more here!!

    • welcome sudha. yes do try some more recipes.

  29. I just love your recipes! They have taught me a lot!!
    Thanks a lot for your help..it is greatly appreciated.

    • Welcome C mart. Glad to know this.

  30. Hi Dassana I tried this recipe just now….its really awesome …..I like the way of explaining the recipe. Can you give the recipe of Dhaba style shev curry….

    • thanks awanti. i will have to experiment with dhaba style shev curry. will see if i can add.

  31. Misal paav

  32. It is very much helpfull.I

    • thanks.

  33. I luv to visit this site over n over…its help me out at different stage while cooking…rit now m jst about to prepare the missal pav….

    • thanks shivam for the positive feedback. glad to know that you visit the site quite often.

  34. Excellent site for Veg recipes….Love the printable section….made a folder of all my favorites…..

    • thanks ganga for the positive feedback on site.

  35. Please can u tell me how to make goda masala please i want to make this recipe today or is it ok without goda masala

    • i usually make a small batch of goda masala. i have not been able to click the pics and post the recipe. you can use garam masala instead of goda masala. about 1 tsp of garam masala will be fine. but the flavor and taste will alter.

      here’s a recipe which will give you a very small batch:
      for the goda masala:
      – 1.5 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
      – 1.5 tbsp white sesame seeds
      – 1 or 2 dry red chilies or byadagi red chilies
      – 1 small piece of stone flower/dagad phool (skip if you don’t have)
      – 1 tsp cumin seeds
      – 2 tsp coriander seeds
      – 2 to 3 cloves
      – 1 inch cinnamon
      – 1 small indian bay leaf/tej patta
      – ½ tsp caraway seeds/shah jeera
      – 3 to 4 black peppercorns
      – a pinch of asafoetida
      method:
      1. first dry roast all the spices except sesame seeds and desiccated coconut in a pan till they become aromatic.
      2. push them towards the sides of the pan. then add the sesame seeds and coconut. mix everything together and roast till the coconut becomes golden.
      let this mixture cool and then grind everything in a dry grinder or coffee grinder to a fine powder.
      3. store in a small jar and keep in the refrigerator.

  36. Please share method of making ghoda masala.

    • will share soon.

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