Cook's Hideout: Misal Pav

June 19, 2013

Misal Pav

Blogging Marathon# 29: Week 3/ Day 3
Theme: Course Wise Meal from any State - Maharashtra/ Lunch Dishes
Dish: Usal-Misal Pav
After 2 days of easy one-pot Maharashtrian dishes (Masala Bhath & Vaal Khichdi), today's dish is slightly elaborate and spicy. It's a great dish to entertain as well. I remember one of our dear Marwari friend serving this for dinner and it was probably one of the best tasting Misal Pav I've ever had. Being a rice obsessed South Indian, I was initially skeptical if that sprouts curry with bread on the side is going to fill me up -- but I was really surprised how filling and delicious that combo can be.
I referred to quite a few blogs for the recipe, but in the end I stuck with Sangeetha @ Kothiyavanu's recipe. Her pictures were gorgeous and I loved her step by step explanation. This dish is a little time consuming with quite a few steps involved, but the final dish is well worth the effort. I've tried to explain the process as clearly as possible.

Traditionally this dish is made with sprouted moth beans, but I used a combination of sprouted moth & moong beans. First step is to cook the sprouted beans with some spices to make the Usal. This Usal is then cooked in a spicy gravy and topped with farsan, sev, chivda etc. to make Misal, which when served with pav makes Misal Pav.
I used store bought Goda Masala for convenience, but if you want to make your ow, then here's the recipe. Sangeetha's post also has the recipe for Goda Masala. You can also substitute with good old garam masala.
For Usal:
Sprouted Moth and/or Moong Beans - 2cups
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Ginger+garlic paste - 1tsp
Red chili powder - ½tsp
Turmeric powder - ½tsp
Goda Masala or Garam Masala - ½tsp
Salt - to taste

For Spicy gravy for Usal:
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Tomato - 1 medium, finely chopped
Tamarind pulp - 1tbsp
Grated Coconut - 3tbsp
Garlic cloves - 3
Ginger - 1" piece
Ground Coriander - 1tsp
Ground Cumin - 1tsp
Turmeric powder - ½tsp
Red Chili powder - ½tsp
Goda Masala - 2tsp
Sugar - ½tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Salt - to taste
Cilantro - for garnish

  • Prepare the Sprouts: Heat 2tsp oil in a pressure cooker; add onion and cook until it turns translucent. Next add all the other ingredients and mix well. Add 3-4cups of water and cook for 3-4 whistles or until the beans are completely cooked. If not using a pressure cooker, then cook in the pan for around 30 minutes.
  • Make Spicy Gravy: Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add onions, ginger and garlic, saute until onions turn slightly browned around the edges. Next add ground cumin, coriander, chopped tomatoes and grated coconut. Cook till tomatoes turn mushy. Let the mixture cool a little bit. Then grind it to a paste.
  • Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add the ground masala paste, red chili powder and turmeric. Cook until oil starts to leave the sides.
  • Now add the cooked beans along with tamarind pulp, goda masala/ garam masala, salt and little water to get a gravy consistency. Usal is now ready.
  • To make Misal: Top each serving of Usal with farsan, sev, chiwda, finely chopped onions, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon. Serve with Pav or Chapathi. Enjoy!!
We ate our Misal with homemade Pav.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 29.


  1. Yum! I just love this dish. Have never tried at home although. Gonna have to do that soon enough. :)

  2. I can die for tat bowl of droolworthy misal pav, makes me hungry.

  3. Amazing clicks and recipe ! I will try it from here one day.

  4. Oh wow..looks wonderful. .love those lemon slices..wish we could get such beauty in veggies here.the whole set up is capturing and inviting. .loving it.

  5. This is so delicious! We made misal pav few months back as a part of another challenge and I Was so glad made it. Love yoir clicks as well Pavani!

  6. It is indeed an elaborate process but I am sure it was worth the effort. I really like the third picture. The focus is on bowl of misal with right amount of exposure.

  7. Wow inviting and delicious misal pav.

  8. Made this a few moths back for a challenge and everyone at home loved. I can smeel the aroma of the misal right now looking at your pics. Yum....

  9. Looks delicious.....a must try recipe.

  10. One of my favorite breakfast looks so tempting.

  11. that gravy sounds amazing, and in terms of photo you really have an eye for styling and prop placement

  12. Nice clicks, love to have this anytime.

  13. Excellent clicks, Pavani. The spread sounds very interesting and inviting as well.

  14. Note sure how I missed this post Pavani, great clicks!


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