Misal pav

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Misal pav
Kolhapuri Misal Pav.jpg
A plate of misal pav
Alternative namesMisal
TypeCurry and bread
Place of originIndia
Region or stateMaharashtra
Associated cuisineIndian
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsSprouts, mutter, chick peas and chile powder gravy
VariationsMisal vada
Food energy
(per serving)
289 cal kcal

Misal pav (Marathi: मिसळपाव) is a popular dish from the Indian state of Maharashtra. It consists of misal (a spicy curry usually made from moth beans) and pav (a type of Indian bread roll).[1][2] The final dish is topped with farsan or sev, onions, lemon and coriander (cilantro).[3] It is usually served hot with bread or rolls[4] toasted with butter and buttermilk or dahi and papad. It is served as a breakfast dish, as a snack and also as a full meal.

Misal regional varieties[edit]

Misal pav from Kolhapur is known for its high spice content and unique taste.[a] There are different versions of misal pav such as Pune misal, Khandeshi misal, Nashik misal and Ahmednagar misal. Other types are kalya masalyachi misal, shev misal, and dahi (yoghurt) misal.


Misal is prepared in part with sprouted lentils[6] and has less water content and a watery, spicy "cut" or "bite". It has two parts, a thick curry of matki, called usal, and watery gravy,[3] also called rassa.[7] Usually people mix these two according to their taste and requirement. When moth beans are unavailable, it is sometimes prepared using mung beans.[4] It may be garnished with Indian snack noodles.[4] The moth curry or usal form is prepared using onion, ginger, garlic and other spices.[3]


In 2015, the misal pav served at Dadar's Aaswad restaurant was named the world's tastiest vegetarian dish at the FoodieHub Awards in London.[1][8][9]


  • The Nashik version of misal is usually spicy and served with pav, curd, chopped coriander and onion. Several misal joints are popular in the city
  • Puneri misal is another version which contains pohe. There are a number of restaurants in the city that are popular for their misal.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kolhapuri misal is rather well flavored with chili; the misal includes rice flakes called poha also sabudana khichadi sometimes. This latter ingredient, reconstituted and quickly sautéed with chopped onion, mustard seeds, turmeric, and green chilli is another breakfast ..."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Mumbai's Misal Pav Beats Dishes From Across The World. Crowned World's Tastiest Veg Snack!". indiatimes.com. June 5, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Doctor, Vikram (June 17, 2015). "The healthy snack that needs more attention: misal pav". Times Of India Blogs. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Misal Pav". NDTV Food. November 30, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Hingle, R. (2015). Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook. Vegan Heritage Press, LLC. p. pt237. ISBN 978-1-941252-10-9. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Brien, C.O. (2013). The Penguin Food Guide to India. Penguin Books Limited. p. pt339. ISBN 978-93-5118-575-8. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Goela, S. (2015). India on my Platter. OM Books International. p. 107. ISBN 978-93-83202-04-1. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Gowardhan, M. (2015). Indian Kitchen: Secrets of Indian home cooking: Secrets of Indian home cooking. Hodder & Stoughton. p. pt91. ISBN 978-1-4447-9456-4. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "The world's tastiest vegetarian dish".
  9. ^ "Food: Now, enjoy world's best Misal Pav in Ghatkopar". mid-day. August 26, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "पुण्याला भेट देताय? मग इथली मिसळ नक्की चाखून या". Lokmat (in Marathi). 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2017-10-24.