Usal Misal is a Maharashtrian dish made from mixed pulses. It’s a very healthy dish as pulses are nutrient dense. Pulses provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals in a relatively low amount of calories. Some of the key minerals in pulses include iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Pulses are also particularly abundant in B Vitamins including folates, thiamin and niacin.

Made in homes and sold on the roads or even hotels, usal misal is everyone’s favourite and can be relished with paav, or chapatis or just like that.


2 cups Soaked mixed pulses (as per choice)

1 cup Chopped onion

1/2 cup Chopped tomatoes

1 tsp Ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1 tsp Red chilli powder

2 tsp Malvani mutton masala

1 tsp Garam Masala

Salt to taste

For tempering :

2 tbs Oil

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida


1. The first thing needed to be done is to soak the pulses overnight in sufficient water.

2. For the misal, heat the oil in a pressure pan and add the mustard seeds and asafoetida. Add the chopped onions and saute.

3. When they turn translucent, add the ginger garlic paste and mix. Cook for a while.

4. Now add the turmeric powder and saute.

5. Add the chopped tomatoes, and the rest of the spice powders, salt and cook for a while.

6. Now add the washed and cleaned pulses and mix well. Add water as required and pressure cook till done. (3 whistles and 5 mins on low flame for a pressure pan…. to be adjusted)

7. Open the pressure cooker lid after a while and check seasoning and add any spice powders if desired. Adjust consistency by adding more water if required and bring to a boil.

8. Serve hot with paav and some chopped onions and farsaan to sprinkle on the top or with soft Ghaavan or some phulkas with some Kokum Kadhi as an appetising drink.


Easy and fast to cook, it’s a great option for tiffins or for breakfast or even as a change for lunch and dinner!

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! šŸ˜ƒ

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