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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Misal Pav Recipe-How to make Misal Pav

Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra. Misal is a spicy dish usually prepared with moth beans and served with pav buns. As misal is usually spicy, it is served with buttermilk. Misal pav can be had as a snack or breakfast or as a light lunch. Today we will learn how to make misal pav following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Misal Pav

How to make Misal Pav

How to make Misal Pav

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategoryStreet Food
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Dry Moth beans/madki - 1/2 cup
   Pav Buns - 4

   For Grinding

   Onions - 2 medium size
   Dry coconut - 1/2 cup (flat)
   Garlic - 5 cloves
   Ginger - 1 inch piece
   Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tbsp
   Hing - a generous pinch
   Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
   Tomato - 2 big

   Spice Powder

   Chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Kolapuri Misal pav masala powder - 2-3 tsp
   Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 3-4 tbsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Cumin Seeds - 3/4 tsp

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves
   Onion finely chopped
   Fresh Lemon Juice


Wash and soak 1/2 cup moth beans overnight. Then wash again the next morning, drain the water completely and leave it to sprout. Check how to sprout beans.

moth sprouts

Now add salt, turmeric powder, a cup of water and pressure cook the moth sprouts for 2 whistles.

ingredients for misal pav

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and strain the water from the cooked moth beans. Keep the water/stock and the cooked sprouted moth beans aside.

cooked moth sprouts/madki

Heat 2 tsp of oil and saute the dry coconut until it turns golden brown. Remove from the pan and keep it aside.

how to make misal gravy

Heat another 3 tsp of oil and saute onion, ginger, garlic until onions turn light brown. 
Then add coriander seeds and cumin seeds and saute until they get roasted.

how to make misal pav

Once the mixture cools, grind it to a smooth paste with little water along with chopped tomato, turmeric powder, hing and few coriander leaves.

Misal pav masala preparation

Our masala paste is ready.

misal pav masala


Heat 3-4 tbsp oil (yes, you need this much oil for making this gravy), add cumin seeds and mustard seeds, when it splutters, reduce the heat to low, add red chilli powder and misal pav masala powder (available ready made). Mix well and cook for a few seconds.

how to prepare misal pav

Add the ground masala paste.

easy misal pav recipe

Add salt and cook stirring until it leaves oil.

Add garam masala powder.

how to prepare misal pav gravy

Now add the cooked moth sprouts and mix well so that it is well coated with the masala.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav

Add the reserved stock and another cup of plain water.

misal pav-street food

Boil well on medium heat for few minutes.

misal pav gravy in the making

How to serve misal pav

In a bowl, add the sprouts alone from the prepared gravy.

easy misal pav recipe

Top it with finely chopped onions and coriander leaves.

Top it with chivda/mixture.

how to assemble/serve misal pav

Now add the spicy water of misal. Then top it again with more chopped onions and coriander leaves.

misal pav recipe

Squeeze juice of lemon as needed and enjoy it with pav buns. Dip the pav in that gravy and enjoy it. If preferred you can toast the pav with butter.

Kolhapuri Misal pav

Note - If you cannot get moth beans, you can try with moong beans/green gram.

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