Friday 28 December 2012

Misal Pav Recipe | Mumbai Street Food | White Peas Usal | Chaat Recipes

Misal Pav is a very famous street side food of Maharashtra, specially Mumbai. A thick and spicy gravy made with peas called the usal is served with Indian bread known as Pav Buns. This recipe was this month's SNC challenge for Southern team, from Meenu of Random Ramblings, on behalf of the Northern team. Being a member of the Southern team I had to make this Misal Pav and post it on my space. Sherin @ Doc from Kuk's Kitchen challenged the Northern team with the my favorite, the authentic South Indian Medu vadas (Urad dal vadas) so the Northern team members were supposed to complete this challenge this month. I loved both the challenges equally, thanks Sherin and Meenu for the wonderful recipes. After Meenu posted about the challenge, I wanted to try the recipe soon, as it sounded and seemed to be my kinda recipe. I love spicy food and not to mention I love street side food too. So I wanted to make this Misal Pav as soon as possible and post it on my space. But people were so enthusiastic and faster that many had completed the challenge the next day the challenge was posed, I really appreciate their work, SNC seems to be getting good responses from bloggers and am happy I started the event, I got new friends and am learning good recipes too. Thanks to the SNC members, participants and hosts who had supported me in all ways. 

Though I had completed making the recipe soon, I waited for Christmas to get over so that I could post it then.  But in the mean time I tried this recipe twice and everyone in my family enjoyed it including myself. I have to thank Meenu for such a delicious and scrumptious recipe. I just enjoyed making, serving and eating it. I adjusted few things according to my preference like I had increased the spice level and served with the kind of mixture (Farsan) I got here in stores near me. I also tried two preparation methods and both turned out to be too good and served the same taste. Here I have shared both the preparation method, try the one which is sounds easier for you. You can serve usal with pav buns or just with onions and some chaat pooris, but serving with pav buns only makes the dish misal pav. After the pav buns were over I had it with chaat pooris and some chopped onions and it was such a delight. So try this way too. Each bite had all flavors in it, the chopped onions and farsan or mixture made each bite crunchy, the usal was spicy whereas the pav buns gave a sweet flavor, and together it tasted so delicious, I loved it so much and am sure you will love it too. Now lets see whats required and how to prepare this Maharashtrian delight. 


Serves 3 people
Total Preparation Time - 40 minutes (Apart from soaking peas overnight)
  1. White peas - 200 grams 
  2. Big onion - 4 
  3. Tomatoes - 2 
  4. Garlic pods - 2 
  5. Ginger - 1/4 inch piece 
  6. Green chillies - 2 
  7. Coconut - 1/4 cup (grated) 
  8. Cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon
  9. Red chilli powder - 1 spoon (use 1/2 soon if you don't want it to be spicy)
  10. Coriander powder - 1/2 spoon 
  11. Garam masala - 1/2 spoon 
  12. Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon 
  13. Dry mango powder / Amchoor powder - 1/2 spoon powder 
  14. Salt - As per taste 
  15. Oil - 5 spoons 
For Garnishing and accompanying
  1. Mixed farsan / Sev /  Mixture - As Required 
  2. Pav buns - As required 
  3. Big onions - 2 (chopped) 
  4. Coriander leaves - Few (chopped)


Pressure Cooking White Peas :
  • Soak white peas overnight or for 6 hours in water. 
  • Then drain excess water and add the peas into the a pressure cooker. Pour water until it gets immersed well. Then add salt and stir well. Close the cooker with lid and pressure cook for 5 minutes on low flame. Then remove from flame and open after pressure drops to check whether the peas has got cooked well. It should not be mushy but should have cooked well. 
  • Now take two spoons of this cooked peas, add it to a blender and make a fine paste of it and set aside. 
Preparation Of White Peas Usal / White Peas Gravy :
  • Now for preparing the gravy, heat a pan add 3 spoons of oil and after it heats up add add finely chopped onion, chopped ginger, chopped garlic and saute well until it turns translucent. 
  • Then add finely chopped tomatoes, slit green chillies, salt and saute well util the tomatoes turn pulpy and gets cooked well add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, dry mango powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and cook until the raw smell leaves. 
  • Then add the grated coconut and stir well for 2 minutes. 
  • Remove from flame and set aside until it reaches room temperature.
  • Now add this mixture to a blender and blend well into smooth paste . 
  • Then place a pan on flame add 2 spoons of oil and splutter cumin seeds then pour this mixture into the pan
  • Then add the cooked peas, and stir well. Pour a cup of water (you can use the water leftover after cooking peas) and mix well to adjust the consistency. 
  • Then add the ground peas paste and stir well. Take another cup of water and add little by little until the masala blends well with the curry. Then when the gravy becomes thick remove from flame and serve!! 
Serving Method / Misal Pav : (Do this just before serving) 

  • Now take this white peas usal that we have prepared and add it into a bowl. 
    • Sprinkle some chopped onions, chopped coriander leaves and finally some, farsan / sev / mixture, over it and serve immediately with pav buns. 


    (Both the preparation method requires the same ingredients but only the order of adding ingredients and certain preparation method differs)
    • Pressure cook peas as I have said in my previous preparation method. Take some cooked peas and make a fine paste of it and set aside. 
    • Add all the following ingredients to a blender and make a smooth paste out of it.
    (For grinding into paste)
    Big onion - 4 
    Tomatoes - 2 
    Garlic pods - 2 
    Ginger - 1/4 inch piece 
    Green chillies - 2 
    Coconut - 1/4 cup (grated) 
    • Now heat a pan and add 3 spoons of oil into it. Then add cumin seeds and let it splutter, now add the ground paste and stir well. 
    • Then add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, garam masala and salt and mix well on low flame. Add water (You can also cook water leftover from the pressure cooked peas) when it seems to thicken. Cook on low flame until the raw smell leaves. 
    • Now add the cooked peas and peas paste and stir well. Add a cup of water little by little and cook until the gravy thickens and all the masalas blend well. 
    • Serve like I have said in the above preparation method. 

    TIP 1: You can use sprouted peas also. To make sprouted beans just soak dried peas in water overnight. The next morning, drain and discard water and tie this soaked peas in a wet cloth and set aside for 8 hours. By now it will have sprouted well, use this for making the usal (gravy). 

    TIP 2: Making a paste of the cooked peas and adding it to the curry makes it taste so good. Use the leftover water that you have got from pressure cooking peas to make the usal, the taste will be too good. But this can make you bloated up so try to add some extra cumin seeds or use normal water. 

    TIP 3: Both the methods gave the same result and taste. So you can try any of the above preparation method. 

    TIP 4: I have added a spoon of red chilli powder to make it spicy you can reduce if you wish. Also my green chillies were bigger and so made the usal spicy, so check for the spicy level and adjust according to your wish. 

    TIP 5: You can also drizzle some lemon juice just before serving. 

    TIP 6: Sprinkle the sev or farsan mixture just before serving or else it will become soggy. 

    TIP 7: If you wish you can serve the white peas usal with some crunchy chaat pooris instead of pav buns. 

    TIP 8: You can also butter pav buns, toast it and then serve with usal. 

    Scrumptious and spicy Mumbai Street Food, Misal Pav is now ready!! I loved it to the core and am sure you will love it too!! Give a try sometime!!

    Linking this to Meenu's space and SNC page!!


    1. oi don kahan gayab.. and divy u have done it amazingly well

      u got the look which i had with minor difference

      try with matki beans also u wud love it

      the color also came out real good

    2. is my favourite street food.i wanted to try for a long time , this is a keeper , clicks looks yummy.

    3. Chat is my favourite any time.. this looks too good

    4. Yummy Divya..very tempting and inviting..nice clicks.

    5. yummilicious and tempting sis

    6. Wow.. Divya, masal pav looks so inviting and yummy..

    7. it was truly delicious , i too want to make it again divya..............

    8. I am just looking like a lost kid in a candy store...The clicks are so inviting...

    9. Everything looks so flavourful and good!
      Happy New Year!

    10. Wat a droolworthy streetfood, you guys are making me to make some again,any leftovers there,feel like inviting myself to ur place.

    11. Simply mouth watering , feel like eating it right from the picture....

    12. wowwwwwwwwwwww !!! delicious looking misal and awesome photography...

    13. i am crazy about mumbai street food including misal pav- looks yum !

    14. WWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...!!!! Mouth the presentation ..!!!

    15. wow,pics are amazing divya!
      this is tempting me to prepare it again.. :)

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    16. BEAUTIFUL chat and my favorite :) really enjoyed doing this challenge sis and awesome pics, looks like a chaat shop display :)

    17. Yummy n mouth watering pav. Tempting me.

    18. Divya your clicks are amazing I can taste it. So good

    19. beautiful clicks divya.. tempting me here :)

    20. beautiful click love it.Nicely explained. The master right made it perfect.

    21. wow!! mouth-watering. can't wait to taste a bite..

    22. Delicious misal pave you did very well.

    23. hatsoff 2 ur patience.if Im in ur place can`t wait 2 taste.aftr completes every thing vl recognise no words.

    24. looks like I have reached a street stall looking at those fab clicks..Very tempting & drooling:)
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    25. yes i too felt like Julie. lovely clicks dear. well done

    26. I could make this just yesterday even though I wanted to prepare this earlier.Loved this challenge.Your clicks are awesome Divya :)

    27. The pics are just too much...I cant stop from drooling here & craving so badly for this popular street food!!!! awesome post!!!
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    28. Wah Wah ekdaam masth and looks so delicious.

    29. Love this very much. Very well prepared dear. Hope u had a very nice Christmas celebration. Wishing u and family a blessed, prosperous and happy New year.

    30. Any leftover is there Divya? your misal pav looks too tempting and just yummilicious. As usual amazing photography dear.


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