Misal (Spicy fast food served on Mumbai roadside carts and small restaurants)




  • 1/2 cup whole mung (green gram)
  • 1/2 cup black chana (chickpeas)
  • 1/2 cup black eyed peas
  • 1/2 cup moth beans / mutki beans / Turkish beans
  • 3 medium-size potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp asafetida
  • 4 tbsp goda masala (http://cooks.ndtv.com/recipe/show/maharashtrian-goda-masala-100476)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste

To serve:

  • Indian spicy mix such as Andhra Mix
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • Lemon / Lime slices


  1. Soak all the peas and grams overnight then wash them and cook them in pressure cooker (3 whistles). Note that some of these may take longer to cook!
  2. Cook, peel and cut potatoes into medium pieces
  3. In a large pan, heat the oil on medium heat and add hing to it
  4. Just when it gets a bit fragrant (5 to 10 seconds), add goda masala, chili powder, coriander cumin powder and sauté it for a minute
  5. Add all the cooked peas, grams and potatoes and sauté for a couple of minutes
  6. Add 4-5 cups water and salt, bring to boil and then let it simmer on low heat for 5 minutes
  7. Crush some peas, grams and potatoes a bit to give the gravy some thickness

To serve:

  1. Take generous portion of spicy mix in a serving bowl
  2. Add the misal gravy to it and top it with chopped onions and lime / lemon juice
  3. Serve with Indian pav (bread) or any other hardy bread such as ciabatta bread

Serves: 4

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