Breakfast Recipes/ Snacks & Starters


Do you like Street food ? I just lovvvvve them…i know its not only me.. i think for many of us, the word “Street food” brings smile and excitement,makes mouth water and ticks the brain to make a long list of yummies to eat,in your next outing . Does “Misal Pav” too feature in that list ? “Usal ~ Misal Pav” is relished as a breakfast as well as a snack through out Maharashtra .Its one of the popular street food in Maharashtra along with pav bhaji ,dabeli , vada pav ,bhel puri , mumbai sandwich etc. ” Kolhapuri Misal Pav “is very spicy, tasty ,lip smacking, mouthwatering!!!! 

My husband lived in Mumbai for many years and has tasted lot of Mumbai street foods.He has some fond memories of his favorite street food vendors where he would head to cater to his‘chatpata’ or ‘teekha’ cravings . After marriage he kept pestering me for many Maharashtrian cuisines . It was then Google helped me .Over the years with few trial and errors now i can proudly say i have mastered in many authentic Maharashtrian dishes and they have become regular dishes at my place.I have already shared capsicum zunka , patra , kanda bhaji , thalipeeth , mumbai sandwich ,veg tomato omelette and now Misal pav .Stay tuned for some more.

If you like spicy hot food then Kolhapuri misal pav is something tailor made for you.Spicy usal is topped with a spicy thin gravy ( Kat / tarri / rassa ) and is served with a soft fresh pav ( bread ). A mixture of farsan ,onion ,tomato and coriander leaves enhances the taste. A squeeze from the lime adds the extra tang. Yumm. drooling right … Then why delay..enjoy them making at home, in a more hygienic and more better way.Yes ,the process is bit lengthy but not all difficult.Here goes the recipe..

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Course snack
Cuisine maharashtrian
For Usal:
For Kat / Raasa (thin Spicy Gravy):
To serve:
Course snack
Cuisine maharashtrian
For Usal:
For Kat / Raasa (thin Spicy Gravy):
To serve:
To prepare Matki Usal:
  1. How to sprout Matki - Wash and soak matki(moth beans) for 6-7 hrs in water and wash it once with fresh water and drain the excess water. Keep it closed as such in a warm place or tie in a muslin cloth and keep in hot case or use a sprout maker to make sprouts.It will take 12-15 hrs.
  2. Steam the matki sprouts in cooker with a pinch of salt for 8-10 mins.Cook potatoes and dice them to small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a kadai /pan and crackle mustard seeds and add hing,jeera and curry leaves .Saute for half a minute.Add chopped onions and green chillies and fry until they turn translucent.
  4. Add steamed moth beans and cubed potatoes .Fry for 2 mins.
  5. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala and salt .Mix well. Sprinkle little water,close a lid and cook for few minutes so that salt and other spices are absorbed.
  6. Switch off. Squeeze little lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix Pav Buns.
To prepare Kat / Tarri / Rasa (Thin Spicy Gravy):
  1. Dry roast dry coconut pieces.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp Oil in a pan and add chopped onions ,garlic and chopped ginger.Fry until they turn slight golden brown in color.
  3. Add tomatoes,fry till mushy.Switch off and cool completely.
  4. Once cool , grind coconut and onion tomato mix .Grind to a very smooth paste.
  5. Again take a pan and add 2 tbsp of oil . Temper with mustard and hing.Add ground paste.Fry for a min.
  6. Add coriander powder,cumin powder,turmeric powder,red chilli powder , salt and sugar.Mix well and saute well till it leaves oil .
  7. Add about 3 cups of water ,tamarind juice and garam masala powder.Boil well for about 5-10 mins.The consistency should be watery, so add more water if required.
  8. Finally add chopped coriander leaves and switch off.
To serve Misal Pav:
  1. In a deep bowl / plate add 1 ladle of Matki Usal
  2. Pour 1 ladle of piping hot Tarri/Kat (gravy) on top it.
  3. Sprinkle liberally finely chopped onions ,few pcs of chopped tomato and coriander leaves.Drizzle few drops of thick curd (optional).
  4. Add a layer of mixed farsan or namkeen according to your wish.Serve them hot hot with pav (buns) and a lemon piece. ( No need to roast pav )
Recipe Notes
  • ** Goda masala is used widely in Maharashtrian cuisines as garam masala is used in north indian dishes.If its available you can add goda masala or replace it with garam masala. ill soon share the method of doing goda masala at home.
  • Usal can be prepared with mixed sprouts or moong (green gram) sprouts too.
  • Misal is supposed to be spicy,fiery, oily .You can make it less spicy and oily according to your requirements.So adjust the masalas accordingly
  • Usully pav with misal pav are served without roasting. If you want you can roast and have.


  • Reply
    Mitha Hegde
    May 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Loved the step by step clicks.. So easy to understand.. And yes, i love street foods too… 🙂

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    Priya Shiva
    May 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Love it! Thanks for sharing..

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    Linsy Patel
    May 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    love the tempting clicks of all time favorite dish.

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    May 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Misal pav looks so delicious smitha. Nice it.

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    Swathi Iyer
    May 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Delicious misal pav love this spicy version

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    prachi agarwal
    May 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    yummy and nice click

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    Babitha costa
    May 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    i can finish the whole bowl.clear steps.easy to understand

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    Beulah Arun
    May 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    This looks awesome! Well explained too!

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    Preetha Soumyan
    May 22, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    i love to have street foods… loved your recipe…

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    Sony P
    May 23, 2014 at 5:40 am

    My fav misal PAv with sample ( rassa)……..your pics remind me Pune misal pav !!!

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    May 23, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Missal pav.. I just love it.. You have done it perfectly.. Looks too yummy..

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    shobha rawal
    May 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    A perfectly made missal pav………….loved it.nice

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    Vibha Sp
    May 25, 2014 at 5:52 am

    always favrt, like to hav home made snacks lik dis, need to try dint had from many yrsthanks for recipe smitha

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    Poornima hegde
    September 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    looks absolutely delicious! mouthwatering recipe!

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    Ankita Suman
    May 3, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Thank you for the recipe…what are the things that come in mixed sprouts…please help…Thank you

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    May 4, 2015 at 10:39 am

    u can used mixed matki n moong sprouts or just any 1 of those

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    Kaushalya Bashyam
    May 19, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hey how much tamarind to be used. As unable to fin it under ingredients section. Point out if ive missed it

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    May 20, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Since i have added tomatoes , taste test . n if required add tamarind

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    Sathya Priya
    June 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    delicious looking misal pav.yumm

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    shilpa kulkarni
    July 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Easy n lovely, well described

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    Mobile App Developers
    August 20, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Hi, Really great effort. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.

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    Chippa Shivashanker
    November 17, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Sister u helped me a lot, my wife loves to eat it, but she want it to be cooked by me, bcoz of u i did it and won her love, thankful to u.

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    December 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Perfect recipe, I tried it as written here. Only I didn’t add green chillies and tamarind juice which I know, not used in Kolhapur.Thanks.

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    archana pandurangi
    September 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Pretty detailed.. thanks for sharing

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    Noopur Chaughule
    June 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Hi I used your recipe to make misal pav dinner for my family and they all loved the food. The tari was a super hit on the dinner table and the usal was a perfect balance of flavors. Thank you so much for a wonderful meal and recipe

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    June 25, 2017 at 7:41 am

    The recepie is awesome.. I enjoyed cooking and serving to my family members.. They enjoyed the dish.. Thank you for this recepie…… I cooked twice.. Both times it was delicious. .

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    March 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Can we cook with unsprouted but soaked in water matki?

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