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Misal Pav and Spiced Curry With Bread served in a dish
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Misal Pav – A Delightful Maharashtrian Spiced Curry With Bread

Misal pav is a popular dish from Maharashtra. It contains misal and pav. The final dish is topped with farsan or sev, onions, lemon and coriander. It is usually served with bread. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Curry, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtrian
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 196kcal


  • Pressure Cooker
  • pan
  • spatula
  • bowl


To grind together –

  • 3 Onions sliced
  • 2 Tomatoe chopped
  • 2 Green chilies
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
  • ¼th cup Coconut grated or desiccated
  • 1 teaspoon Oil

For the Misal Masala –

  • Ground paste from above
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder adjust based on spiciness level
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon Dhania/coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • 3 tablespoon Oil got to be liberal for the taste
  • to taste Salt

For the assembly/Misal pav –

  • 1 ½ cups White peas/Vatana white - (soaked overnight)
  • Pav Bun as needed
  • Butter /olive oil to toast the buns
  • Farsan as needed
  • 1 Onion for garnish (chopped finely)
  • Cilantro/coriander leaves for garnish
  • Few Lime wedges for garnish


  • Wash and soak the peas overnight in water. Next day, drain the peas, add fresh water and cook in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles. The peas should be cooked soft, but it should not be mushy. Keep aside.

To make the ground masala -

  • Sauté the onions until brown and translucent. Now add the green chilies and Ginger garlic paste and sauté for 2 more mins.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook until it softens.
  • At the end add the coconut and fry for couple of more minutes and take it off the flame. Cool down a bit and grind it into a smooth paste adding little water if needed.

To make the gravy -

  • Heat the oil in the same pan and add all the dry masala powders with the cumin seeds and sauté for about a minute in low heat. Take care not to burn the masala.
  • Now add the ground masala paste and sauté it well. Cook for few minutes (for about 8- 10 mins) covered, until the oil starts to leave the side of the pan. It is important to fry the masala well to ensure the maximum flavor in the recipe. Do not add salt now because then it will splatter all over the place.
  • Add the salt and the cooked peas and mix well. Add water to make it into gravy like consistency. Let it boil for few minutes (about 5-8 mins). Now the gravy is ready for assembly.

Assembly – Make it just before you are ready to eat

  • Toast the pav buns either in butter or olive oil.
  • In a bowl add the gravy and top it with about ¼ cup of farsan. Now add a little more gravy on top. Garnish with chopped onions and cilantro and serve with the toasted buns.
  • I also served it with sweet lassi to cool down the palate from all that heat.
  • Enjoy!!!


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg