Misal (Marathi:मिसळ), meaning "mixture", is a delicacy in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The dish is eaten for breakfast or as a midday snack or meal. It remains a very popular snack since it is easy to make, is relatively cheap and has good nutritional value. The taste of misal ranges from mildly to extremely spicy. Misal is also a popular street food.
The dish originates from the area of Desh, Maharashtra.
The ingredients of misal vary widely, and consist of a combination of the following:
- Usal, a curry made from matki (moth bean) or watane (dried pea)
- Tarry/kat/sample, a spicy gravy
- Batata Bhaji (boiled, diced potatoes, spiced with turmeric, chilies, ginger & mustard)
- Curd called dahi in Marathi (optional)
- Garnish of onions, tomatoes, coriander
The ingredients are arranged in multiple tier fashion and served. The first ingredient to be served is matki or moth bean usal. Usal is sprouted beans cooked with tomatoes and onions. The nutritional value comes from the sprouted beans. Misal is served with sliced bread or a small loaf, in the dish misal-paw. The main part of the misal is the spicy curry, called tarry, kat. The Kolhapuri version of misal does not contain pohe. Phadtare misal is famous in Kolhapur and so is Mamledar Misal in Thane City., and is usually more spicy. Puneri Misal is less spicy version of Misal. Katakir is the one of the famous misal in pune.
Dahi misal is also one of the widely eaten forms, where curd is added to enhance the taste.