India has a varieties of cuisines particularly because of demographics and cultural boundation. Among them, Maharashtrian or Marathi cuisine is the cuisine of the Marathi people from the Indian state of Maharashtra. From the world famous pav bhaji to the delicious poha, Maharashtra has a lot to offer to food lovers. Maharashtrian recipes mainly consists of wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food as being one of the coastal states predominantly the sea food has got quite an impact over the cuisine.

Here I am discussing about the cuisine of Maharashtra state in Indian subcontinent as the theme for ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge‘ group is related to ‘Maharashtrian / Marathi cuisine’. For this theme, my partner was Vidya Narayan who gave me 2 secret ingredients as Tomato and Goda masala and I gave her as Peanut and Buttermilk. As usual, using mine two ingredients I had to prepare a dish from Maharashtrian cuisine. So I have come up with the most popular and famous Mumbai street snack ‘Misal Pav‘ using these two ingredients. 

 Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge

As the dish name says, it is Misal and Pav. Usal is actually a sprouted lentil gravy. When Usal is topped with some chopped onion, tomato, coriander leaves, farsan / sev then it is named as Misal. Usually this snack is served and fully enjoyed with some pav buns or some also prefers to have with some buttered pav bun. If the lentil sprout is readily available at your place, then the dish is so easy to make and also has loaded with a lot of nutritional values. This dish is perfectly fit for breakfast or snacks. Although I have used sprouted mung beans / moth beans. But the choice totally varies, one can use any lentil sprouts here. Accordingly the taste of the dish is also varied. The misal pav is one of the extremely popular street food in Maharashtra state. 

Maharashtrian / Marathi cuisine

Author: Sasmita

Misal Pav

one of the extremely popular street food of Maharashtra state in Indian subcontinent.

prep time: 15 minscook time: 50 minstotal time: 65 mins



  • Sprouted mung beans / moth beans   1 & 1/2 cup
  • Onion (finely chopped)   2 no
  • Tomato (finely chopped)   1 no
  • Ginger-garlic paste   1 tbsp
  • Cumin seed   1 tsp
  • Goda masala   1 tbsp
  • Coriander powder   1 tsp
  • Cumin powder   1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder   1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder   1 & 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind pulp   1 tbsp
  • Oil   1 tbsp
  • Salt   as needed
  • Water   as needed

Assemble the Misal Pav

  • Onion (chopped finely)   few
  • Farsan / sev   few
  • Coriander leaves(chopped finely)   few
  • Lemon slice   as needed
  • Pav buns   as needed


Misal :

  1. First rinse all the sprouts well in water and drain completely. Keep aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker, put these drained sprouts along with chopped tomato, salt, turmeric powder and water.
  3. Cook till 1-2 whistle over medium heat and keep aside.
  4. Next heat oil in a pan.
  5. Add cumin seeds and allow to crackle.
  6. Next add finely chopped onion and saute till translucent.
  7. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes off.
  8. Then add turmeric powder, goda masala, salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and mix everything well.
  9. Cook for 1-2 minutes till masala releases oil.
  10. Now add tamarind pulp, the boiled sprouts along with tomatoes.
  11. Give a nice mix and then add water (1-2 cup).
  12. Allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the desired consistency is reached.

Assemble the misal pav :

  1. Now take a serving plate / bowl.
  2. Pour 1-2 ladle full of gravy into the bowl.
  3. Put some chopped onion, mixed farsan, finely chopped coriander leaves on top.
  4. Serve hot immediately with some buttered pav and lemon slice !


  • Any sprouts can be used like moth bean sprouts or even mixed sprouts.
  • Some finely chopped tomato also can be chosen as toppings.
  • If goda masala is not available, then use garam masala instead.
  • The consistency of the misal is choiceable, so accordingly add water after adding boiled sprouts.

So do try this Misal Pav from Maharashtrian / Marathi cuisine. If you tried my recipe and enjoyed fully, then please share some pictures of your creation with me. Also give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. You may also follow me on FacebookPinterestTwitterGoogle+Instagram and can subscribe for free to get new recipes directly into your inbox 😊. Lets go in details.

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  1. Lathiya

    The Misal Pav looks amazing..It's so tempting to see these chaats..we miss this here very badly…You have used your secret ingredients wisely dear

  2. Priya Iyer

    I adore misal pav! Yours looks so lovely – perfectly done! Great share for the theme. 🙂

  3. Rafeeda AR

    The sprouts used makes it a healthier chat for sure! The clicks are very pretty…

  4. Mayuri Patel

    I've not tried misal pav in India but when I made it at home and also whenever my neighbor makes it, I really enjoy it. So delicious and different from other chaats.

  5. Kalyani

    Ah !! missal makes me drool.. this is one dish I love more than any mumbaiiya food ! spicy, hot , delicious missal makes a delicious meal on its own. well made and great clicks too

  6. Prathima Shivraj

    My long time pending recipes in my to do list urs look absolutely perfect n drollworthy.. Perfectfor this weather n cuisine

  7. Priya Suresh

    I dont mind finishing this lipsmacking misal pav without any hesitation, hard to take my eyes from your beautiful clicks. Inviting to the core.

  8. Shobha

    Super tasty street food of Mahsrashtra.. love it.

  9. cookwithrenu

    A favorite in our house and a very tasty meal . You have made it very nicely. Yum.

  10. Unknown

    oooh! spicy misal pav is one of my favourite street foods! Your pictures and recipe take me bad to good old college days when we used to live on street food! 🙂

  11. Aruna

    Now you are making me want to leave work and head for a Misal-Pav! 😀

  12. Vidya Narayan

    The platter never ceases to tempt me Sasmita and being a hard core Mumbaite, this has been my go to option when craving for spicy street side food. The home made ones definitely are healthier and much much delicious too. Glad you enjoyed cooking this for the theme.

  13. Archana

    Just today I had misal pav in the canteen. I love it yo bits. Thanks for the recipe now will make it home.

  14. Sujata Roy

    Misal looks mouthwatering. I am drooling. Spicy and delicious, loved it.

  15. Anu

    One of my friend used to make this snack for us and we all just love it to the core. Your dish so delicious.

  16. jayashree

    You are making me hungry, love this and it's been sometime I have not made. Lovely share.

  17. veena

    Looking at the picture reminds me that it is ages since I made this. Amazing clicks

  18. Poonam Bachhav

    Your missal paav looks absolutely delish and irresistible Sasmita ! Droolesome share !

  19. Sujata Shukla

    Now I really have to plan a visit to Mumbai and Pune and sample the different Maharashtrian dishes, specially the street food that you get at the roadside and in small cafes. Thank you for the explanation about Misal and Usal, that was something I had not known. The Misal looks uber delicious and both taste and texture must have been so good, what with the goda masala and the tamarind and the cooked sprouts. Great share for this theme, Sasmita!

  20. mildly indian

    The first time I had Misal Pav is at Poonam's house and always craved to get so much more of it. Love the clicks here.

  21. Priya

    In love with the colour, texture and steps of your recipe..thamks fir the lovely share

  22. Sharanya palanisshami
    Sharanya palanisshami

    Misal is a delicious and healthy dish……..

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