Misal Pav Recipe | Spicy Misal Recipe

by - June 14, 2020

spicy misal recipe

The Spicy Misal Recipe is a fabulous alternative for the street-style misal pav. Its tangy and spicy flavour is a delightful experience for spicy food lovers. 

Misal Pav is a popular dish found in Maharashtra. It is eaten as a breakfast item or as a midday snack. Most Maharashtrian households even make it for lunch or dinner. Misal, literally translated to English, means a mixture. Its made using sprouted moth beans and a spicy curry (known as tarri) of onions, tomatoes, ginger, and garlic. 

The Spicy Misal Recipe is topped with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, farsaan, coriander, and lemon juice. It's one of the most loved recipes in Maharashtra and is found across the state in restaurants, roadside dhabas, and even hamlets. 

There are more than five misal recipes belonging to different cities/regions of Maharashtra, and each recipe is a must try. 

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4 cups, sprouted moth beans
2 medium onions, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 medium tomato, chopped
10-12 garlic flakes
2 inch ginger
2 medium potatoes
1/2 cup grated coconut (dry)
Red chilli powder
Mustard seeds
Cumin seeds
Onion-garlic masala
Coriander leaves

For toppings
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
Lemon juice (optional)
Coriander leaves, finely chopped


spicy misal recipe

1. Cook sprouted moth beans and potatoes in a pressure cooker. Keep aside.
2. In a large wok, take 2 tbsp of oil, and fry diced onions and diced tomatoes until they turn golden-brown. Transfer them into a mixer vessel. 
3. In the same wok, fry grated dry coconut and transfer them to the same mixer vessel. 

4. In the mixer vessel, add salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, ginger, garlic, and a bit of water. Grind to make a smooth paste. Keep aside. 

spicy misal recipe

5. In the same large wok, take 3/4 cup oil. Once the oil is heated, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Once the splattering is reduced, add asafoetida, turmeric and red chilli powder. 
6. Fry chopped onions and tomatoes and add onion-garlic masala. 
(Onion-garlic masala can be found in stores. It's quite an essential ingredient for making this Spicy Misal Recipe. If you can't find it, search for misal masala in stores or online.)

spicy misal recipe

7. Add the onion-tomato paste and let it cook until the oil surfaces. 
8. Add tamarind and its water.
(To make tamarind water, soak tamarind in hot water for fifteen minutes or until the tamarind is soft and mushy.)

spicy misal recipe

9. Peel the potatoes and chop them into small pieces. 
(Most roadside dhabas don't have potatoes in their Spicy Misal Recipe, but I love them in mine.)
10. Add sprouted moth beans along with chopped potatoes. Stir well.
11. Add water and let it boil. 
(Misal is a thin curry, so add good amount of water.)
12. Check for taste and add more salt, red chilli powder, onion-garlic masala, and tamarind if required. Give a nice boil or until the flavour is evenly spread and the oil (masala foam) is surfaced on the top.

13. Serve Spicy Misal Pav in a bowl or a deep plate and top it up with finely chopped onions, tomatoes, farsaan, and coriander leaves. With misal, you can have pav (aka bread bun/roll) or bread slices, however you wish. Some people even prefer adding curd on top if the misal is too spicy. 

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