Misal Pav

Misal pav consists of misal (a spicy curry made of sprouted moth beans) and pav (a type of Indian bread).  The misal is topped with farsan (fried savoury snack mixture), onions, lemon and coriander leaves and served with pav.

The name of this dish comes from the Marathi word Misal which means mixture. This mouth-watering dish popular in Maharashtra is one of the most loved street food of Mumbai.


Time: 30 minutes


Serves: 2

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  1. 1 cup sprouted moth beans (matki)
  2. 11/2 cup chopped onions
  3. 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  4. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  5. 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves
  6. 1 cinnamon stick (25mm approx.)
  7. 4 cloves
  8. 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  9. 3 tablespoons oil
  10. 2 teaspoons Kashmiri red chilli powder
  11. 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  12. 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  13. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  14. Salt to taste
  15. 1/2 cup farsan (fried savoury snack mixture)
  16. 1/2 lemon (cut into wedges)


  1. Combine sprouted moth beans, half cup water and salt in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Let it cool to allow the steam to escape.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, chopped garlic, cloves, cinnamon, coriander seeds and peppercorns. Sauté till onions and garlic turn golden brown in colour. Turn off the heat and let it cool for some time. Add the fried onions, garlic and spices to a blender.
  3. Add 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, salt , turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and 2 tablespoons water to the blender. Grind to make a smooth paste.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. Add onion tomato paste and fry for about 5 minutes till oil starts oozing out from the masala.
  5. Add boiled moth beans to the masala and stir well. Add 2 cups of water and cook on high heat till it starts boiling.
  6. Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 7 minutes.
  7. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Misal curry is ready to be served.
To Serve:


Pour the misal curry in serving bowls. Add 2 tablespoons of Bombay Mix, 2 tablespoons chopped onions and 1 tablespoon chopped tomatoes. You can adjust the amount of toppings according to your taste.


Serve hot with pav and lemon wedges.

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