Dahi misal

Deepa Pai, one of my dear readers, sent me a mail few months ago saying, “I was wondering if you have heard this recipe called ‘Dahi Misal‘. It falls unders ‘Chaats‘ and its Maharashtrian Recipe. I can send it to you if you would like to try. Its made with sprouted moong. Its very very tasty and kinda healthy too. My mom tasted this when she visited Bombay some 30 years ago. She got this recipe from that chaatwala. Since then she is been making this”.

Since I am a great fan of chaats, I immediately replied her saying I would be very happy to get the recipe. She sent it to me. At that time, my parents were here with me, so I asked aayi to cook it for us. For such a simple recipe, this tasted great. Very filling, tasty and healthy. Thanks Deepa for sending it to me.

For moong curry:
1 cup sprouted green moong
1/2 cup boiled potato
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
1/2 tea spn cumin seeds
2-3 green chilies
4-5 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
1/2 tea spn chili powder
1/2 tea spn coriander powder
1/4 tea spn cumin powder
A pinch turmeric
1-2 tbl spns chopped coriander leaves

For masala dahi(yogurt)
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tea spn sugar
1/2 tea spn chaat masala

For garnish
Sev (I used bhujia)
Coriander leaves


Heat a little oil, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When they start popping, add green chilies, curry leaves and asafoetida. Fry for some time and add onion. Fry till onions are translucent. Add moong, turmeric and about 1/2 cup water. Close the lid and cook till done. Add potato, tomato, chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt. Mix well, add extra water if required. Add coriander leaves, mix well.

In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients of masala dahi.
While serving, take some curry. Spread a little dahi according to taste. Spread onion, coriander leaves and spread some sev on top.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

50 thoughts on “Dahi misal”

  1. In fact I am glad Deepa has sent you this recipe and you have presented very well in words and pictures. I grew up in Mumbai eating Misal as you can get only in Marathi style restaurants in places like Girgaum,Dadar, Parel, Lalbagh, Thane, etc. But now a days lots of Marathi style restaurants have disappeared not only in Mumbai but even in Pune as taken over by Punjabi type and Udipi style dishes or one can visit Deepa’s place even though she comes from Udipi and Bangaloor.
    Good job Shilpa and Deepa, I am going to try this recipe here in No. California.

  2. Btw: you can still get Misal at Mama Kane’s restaurant opposite Dadar(W) railway station and don’t miss Batata Vada by Kamath’s snack shop on Chhabildas Rd where 50-60 pepole eat garam garam batata vada in the street. So Misal and Batata vada a truly Mahastrian treat !!! yummy , yummy.

  3. Misal is my favorite too. I have never heard of dahi misal. In Mumbai restaurants it it was always made of dry yellow peas / green peas. Looks different. It tastes gr8 when topped with farsan. In Maharashtrian restaurants it is called Puneri Misal.

  4. Shilpa, That looks yummy, my sister-in-law who is from Bombay, makes it with 5 diff sprouts and it is soo nutritious. Thanks for sharing a healthy recipe!

  5. K.Boy have you visited Phansikar at Dadar and Girgaon. I loved their Pharali Misal (which Shilpa has posted) Mama Kane, Phansikar and Kamath vadas were all my favorite joints. I used to live in JVPD (Parle), so back from work would get down at Dadar meet hubby and freak out at these places. We miss all in US right? I wish one of them could come here and start his business here.

  6. This site is wonderful. I make Misal all the time. The ingredients missing in this recipe are Goda Masala and jaggery( I add brown sugar). I also add 5 different pulses. My family loves it on Friday evenings.

  7. yes Aruna, Phansikar in Dadar is my most fa…vorite, they make shuddha mava (Indian cheese) meethai (sweets)and always bring 3-4 kgs home here in LA home. Try their BhakarVadi and yet best known for fresh Karanjees(Nevari in Konkani). If somebody wants to treat oneself and bring in US just visit Phanasikar and forget about visiting Chandu halawai, DamodarDayaram or Ghasitaram. Just this one visit in Dadar near KabootarKhana (ask any taxiwala, he will take you there) Phansikar is more than enough, even their Srikhand is out of this world. But visit there before 11 am as they run out fast and they do not carry over next day. From local standard it is expensive but we can afford in dollars.

  8. btw: If I am not mistaken, Phansikar’s do not have any other Branch other than at Dadar as I remember reading sign six months ago when I visited Mumbai,they have put up one sign saying they do not have any other branch. But I may be wrong, and I will try to confirm that by sending my brother or request my Vanhi(Bhabhi). But Vee may know about it as she went to Ruparel college.

  9. Hi Shilpa,
    This recipe came just in time, i had some sprounted dal and wondering what to do with it other than the salad for which i had made the sprouts. I’ll surely try this on the weekend and enjoy! thx for the recipe and keep up the good work.

  10. Shilpa..this has been a thru n thru fave for me..used to have it in college canteen every other day..and also now here , every thursday one joint offers special misal paav and we frequent this joint every thu for this spicy treat!
    shilpa-“Btw..did you send the RSS feeds to mathy or India to be added to food blog desam?”
    purnima-“i dont know shilpa..there was a tab in settings which I activated and a widget which is displayed now on lhs top corner of the blog..i thought i was done 🙁 but unsure now..no blog desam or mathy…what is all that..i hv to take time to read and u/stand now..”
    thks yaar..wd try ur lovely misal asap!!!

    Shilpa: Purnima, read this.

  11. I made the Dahi Misal today even though it took me about two hours as I am not a good Cook where as Shilpa and Deepa (she happened to be my youngest cousin’s wife ,married about 5 years ago to our Palimarkar’s family member; usually hubbys are good Konkani food tasters (and lovers too) and Wif’s are gourmet Konkani food makers).
    Yesterday when I went to Fremont, San Jose area to see SRK and Konkani heroine Deepika film “Om Shanti Om”, I could not get the tickets for 9 pm or 10 pm shows eventhough it was second week. But good thing happenned that I had a Dahi Misal recipe prinout in my pocket so that I could buy all the ingredients from Coconut Hill desi grocery including sprouted moongs, chat masala, tomato, thin sev(Bareek sev, Zeeni sev used for bhelpuri), and Olla! this morning I strictly followed the steps in Shilpa’s recipe. Boy, it is worth it ! I could not resist but two-three BIG bowls of Dahi MIsal treat to myself even though away from my Wi.. who is in southern California. No wonder all Palimarkars (Palimar is 3 miles away from Mulky, South Kanara, along the Mulky river) are crazy for Konkani food, including my cousin who is just starting his life.
    Thanks to Shilpa and Deepa again for sharing good food recipes !

  12. Shilpa, I made this on 17th evening! I was not able to post a comment as the comment was rejected and error msg was coming up(my side prob I guess) I didnt have farsan,all the same I made usal+dahi=so dahi usal, which was truly delicious..thks to you and Deepa Pai for sharing..I dont like to eat raw onions too..hence skipped that..so it was just usal+dahi+chaat masala..we all liked it a lot..hubby ate b4 it was completely done..maybe the lovely aroma made him do that!! 🙂 tks again..(btw-I liked OSO a lot, SRK rocks..Deepika is cute and poised!must watch movie!Saawariya is super boring super duper flop as per my opinion!DARK movie!watch if you want some sleep 🙂

    Shilpa: Yes, I watched both movies. I loved Saawariya hero and also the songs.

  13. From my left over Boiled batata, I made Bhaji of Poori-Bhaji recipe on Sunday with some my touch of Ginger and cumin seeds and boiled peas(Vatana) and other two recipes from Shilpa and Poornima , came out delicious. I ate with Sourdough French bread available fresh daily at SafeWay superMarket.
    I could get ticket for OSO yesterday’s show 3 pm show (2 pm was fully booked even though it was Sunday) at Naz8 cinema in Fremont, CA. It is a really entertaining movie and SRK has trimmed down a lot. Deepika is beautiful, tall and natural smile with dimple on her right cheek when she smiles; she will shine on the screen a lot like SRK brought Konkani girl Amrita Rao. Must watch in the theatre otherwise there is no fun watching on DVD at home and you will not fully enjoy. The story is remake of Mahal(Madhubala, before my time) and Madhumati. 100’s of actors/actress shown on the movie but I did not see Vyjayantimala/Sridevi/Nimmi/DevAnand/DilipKumar, etc.

  14. Since thanks-giving holidays are coming this weekend what better it could be if you treat some one else with thanks. That is what I did with those plentyful made Dahi Misal and Bhaji of Pav-Bhaji last Sunday. I tossed the idea to my 3-4 colleagues(mostly administrative assistants, we do not call them secretaries anymore! since America is always changing !) at the refinery work place office about my treat. On Monday lunchtime I showed them how to prepare layers of Sprouted Moong Misal and then spread Dahi, then coriander leaves and sprinkled layers of Senvo(Bareek Sev) and squeezed a piece of lime Shilpa has shown. Boy they observed me first and then step-by-step prepared their own bowl of Dahi Misal. They liked it so much that all Misal was gone without any leftovers.
    Instaed of presenting treat of Bhaji on the same day yestrday Monday, I did the similar thing today lunch time but different way of serving. Since Americans love sandwiches, one of my colleagues brought Sourdough French bread, it is just like Burun Pav (with hard crust outside, bahar se kadak magar under se naram !)available in Bombay Iranian bakery garam (hot) off the oven three four times a day. After slicing, small piece in length, you slit open with knife (like Naralaa vale !). One half I applied Lime-Mango chutney from bottle I had purchased and other half I apllied samosa chutney which I had picked-up with takeout samosa from Desi store CoconutHill. Then laid wedges of persian cucumber and slices of Tomato. Then spread Potato Bhaji, joined together both halves and it became a great Indo-American sandwich, plus my personal great satisfaction that I made some people happy during this beginning of the holiday season.
    I had nice couple of e-mail exchanges with fellow Konkani blog readers and get to know more of them with my history also. Now on I decided to write my name with due respect to Shilpa who had started as VastevuAnna about a couple of months ago. Since most of these bloggers are <30 or 40 may address me as Vastevu, but one can call any appropriate way, your choice.

    VastevuAnna (40)

  15. Hey Shilpa,
    This is really nice and very healthy too..I will surely pass on this recipe to one of my friends who is carrying who craves for chats and also be a healthy food!!
    Thanks a lot!!

  16. Thanks for the simple approach. bachelors like me who have stayed in Maharashtra appreciate the taste. Especially, being in US and doing this is great.. yummy!!

    thanks again!!

  17. Dear Shilpa,

    Thank you so much for this recipe. In the last 9 yrs of my married life I’ve tried this dish (minus the curd) n no. of times, but my hubby was never satisfied. For the first time, he was thrilled to the T, he was reminded of the good old days when he was studying in a village, where u get the real authentic food. I did not add the curd, as tat was how he wanted it. It was yummy, thanks a ton.

    Shilpa, could u please help me with this Maharashtrian dish called Pitla, I’ve tried to look for the recipe but in vain, I’ll always be obliged, since its also my hubbys favorite n I’m all set to please him, please help



  18. here i wud like to know difrence between Misal and Usal? by any chance will some one give me spicy rasgulla chaat recipe.! thanks

    Shilpa: As far as I know, Misal is usually a mix of things. Like mix a gravy, top with sev etc. Usal is simply veggie dish. A misal can have usal as one of its components.

  19. Shilpa,

    You are an awesome gal…
    you give such a homely touch to the whole deal.. and I enjoy reading the little prologue you give for every recipe…

    I made this for a food day at my office.. everyone just loved it…

  20. At my farmers market they sell a cucumber called poona kheera or puneri khira. Aparently konkanis know of this but I never heard of it.

    at what stage should this cucumber be eaten? I see it cream
    light green
    brown with crackles.
    sometimes smooth sometimes bumpy.

    do you eat the skin?
    Do you eat the seeds?

    How do you cook and eat it?

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