Misal Supper ~ The Real Thing!

warm and inviting ~ misal supper on a chilly winter evening

Before Nupur showcased The A-Z of Indian Vegetables, she did a fascinating series entitled The A-Z of Marathi Food. When I happened upon that series long ago, one of the many delights that intrigued me was her fabulous Usal/Misal.

I always wanted to try it. Now as a most fortunate caretaker of genuine Kolhapuri Masala, I finally got that chance.

I have to mention that this was a very difficult dish to photograph. The aroma was so beguiling… every time I took a shot I had to stop and take a bite. Just imagine:

Aim, shoot, dip spoon, munch, smooth out spooned spot… aim, shoot, dip, munch, rearrange… you get the picture πŸ˜‰

misal again
how could I resist tasting this!

I followed Nupur’s recipe exactly, using the updated masala paste method recommended by her mom (and thanks to secret santa, mixie makes such short work of that grinding!). I skipped onion in the actual sprouts mixture, since the paste had plenty of onion. The sprouts, with potatoes and peanuts swimming in their fragrant broth, were delicious enough on their own. With the simple accompaniments of onion and cilantro, yogurt and lemon, the entire dish took on a whole new dimension. This is something about Indian food that never ceases to amaze me: how the addition of a few simple complementary flavors transforms a dish.

For me with this misal, the squeeze of fresh lemon provided the “perfect harmony”!

Needless to say I didn’t waste much time with the camera. Just took a couple quick pics and then gobbled up the subject! Thank you again for the wonderful masala, Nupur. I know I’ll be making this often πŸ™‚

even more misal
the whole spread, redolent with the rich aroma of kolhapuri masala

I’m not much of a Coke fan, but the kids tug at my heartstrings ~ are you old enough to remember this? πŸ˜‰

Last but not least, a little something for you ISG — get well soon! πŸ™‚

kollu rasam andΒ chutney
what goes around comes around ~ sending ISG’s healing
kollu rasam and chutney
back to her!



  1. sra said

    I’ve never had misal – tried to order it in Pune/Bombay once, but they hadn’t had any. The photos look fine!

    Thanks Sra — try it once Nupur’s way and you’ll love it! πŸ™‚

  2. Mansi said

    I love this so much!! yours looks great πŸ™‚ that’s a nice post!

    Thanks Mansi … I could get hooked on it easily! πŸ™‚

  3. Srivalli said

    great looking dish linda…so nice of you to teach us new ones!

    I’m so glad you liked it Srivalli — it’s Nupur who taught it to me! πŸ™‚

  4. spicescorner said

    oh linda, u make everything sound so good and droolworthy πŸ™‚ never made misal but now i will. thanks to ur mouth watering description πŸ˜€

  5. sia said

    oops!!! thats was me again πŸ™‚

    I knew it was you, Sia πŸ™‚ Happy you liked the post — do try this misal and you won’t be disappointed, I promise! πŸ™‚

  6. mm said

    HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY!!!!!! Great post…..mm

    Thank you mm, same to you! Glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  7. Nupur said

    That looks totally incredible and very authentic, Linda! I am so thrilled looking at those pictures; glad you enjoyed the usal and misal πŸ™‚

    Oh, now I know I must’ve got it right, thanks Nupur! Lots more usal/misal in that little bag of magic — I put it in the freezer for safekeeping πŸ˜‰

  8. Asha said

    Ooh! I used to this little restaurant when in college to eat Misal, loved it. I do make at home, never took photos. I will next time. They add Moong pakoras to Misal too and gravy is spicy and so yummy in the restaurants!:))

    It suddenly snowed 2″ this morning, school canceled today!! Busy day for me!

    Happy V day to you. Arvind didn’t even remember it!! Hahaha!! He doesn’t like all these commercialized “days”, he says “I come straight home to you from work everyday, don’t I?” Yeah, I agree!! THANK GOD for that!! πŸ˜€

    ISG is sick too, this darn flu!! Hope she gets well!:)

    I’m kinda with Arvind on the ‘commercialised days’ every time you turn around. All the same, I had to get my kiddies a little valentine treat πŸ˜‰ So your kids had a snow day!! Meg keeps wishing for one more — but this next week is vacation week anyway. Look forward to seeing your misal, Asha! πŸ™‚

  9. Asha said

    Hope she gets well SOON that is!!:)))))))))

  10. richa said

    that neatly arranged bowls of goodies brought such a smile to my face, Linda!

    Thanks so much Richa, I’m happy you enjoyed the spread πŸ™‚

  11. swaroopa said

    looks gr8! thanx 4 sharing…

    Thank you, Swaroopa! πŸ™‚

  12. Namratha said

    It was very recently that I had this Usal Misal at a friend’s place. Before that I had no idea a dish by this name even existed. Looks delicious Linda, love it. Will try your version πŸ™‚

    Hi Namratha and thanks! It’s really a perfect dish for company, cause you can do the usal part ahead. πŸ™‚

  13. TBC said

    How have you been, Linda?

    I’ve eaten this a couple of times back home in India. Never tried this at home though. I tried Nupur’s Sabudana khichdi recently. it was so good that I made it again the next day too! πŸ™‚

    Hi TBC, so nice to see you! I’m fine, thanks. I’ve been wanting to make Nupur’s sabudana khichdi too! Now you’ve got me thinking about it, will try on the weekend πŸ™‚

  14. Manasi said

    I love Misal too! I hv tried Nupur’s kolhapuri chutney! It’s super!!!
    Ur pics are sooooooooooooo droolworthy!
    Happy V Day!

    Isn’t it yummy Manasi! Glad you like the pics, thanks… and happy V day to you too! πŸ™‚

  15. Shyam said

    ahhh… I wish I could’ve invited myself over when you made this – you have some serious patience, Linda πŸ™‚ But the misal looks sooooooooo good, I guess it was worth every step πŸ™‚

    Hey Shyam, only patience needed here was waiting for the sprouts! πŸ˜‰ You can invite yourself anytime πŸ™‚

  16. indosungod said

    Usal Misal looks amazing it warms me up just seeing it and the link to A-Z of Marathi cooking delcious precious. Aww Linda, thank you thats very sweet of you, yes kollu paruppu right treatment for the sickness. I am a lot better and the appetite is slowly returning. Hugs πŸ™‚

    I remember how good that rasam tasted when I was sick, ISG. So glad you’re feeling better! Hugs to you πŸ™‚

  17. indosungod said

    Forgot to mention, i am not a coke drinker either but their commericials are so darn good. Asha dear thank you, feel a lot better now.

    Yes, they have the marketing down pat — cute kids, catchy tune, sunny hilltop in Italy… πŸ˜‰

  18. Cynthia said

    This had me in stitches (lol) The aroma was so beguiling… every time I took a shot I had to stop and take a bite. Just imagine:

    Aim, shoot, dip spoon, munch, smooth out spooned spot… aim, shoot, dip, munch, rearrange… you get the picture


    Hi Cynthia, glad I could give you a laugh! πŸ˜‰ I’m shameless when it comes to good recipes! πŸ™‚

  19. Homecooked said

    Wow…your pics are great.I was drooling over here πŸ™‚ I have only eaten this dish back in India…..brought back fond memories.Will definitely give it a try.

    This was surely a winner recipe, Homecooked — thanks and I’m glad you enjoyed the pics πŸ™‚

  20. neroli said

    Dear Linda, how wonderful—times like this, you wish for an extra set of arms—to be able to photograph and to taste simultaneously πŸ˜‰

    So true, so true Neroli! Nice to see you around πŸ™‚

  21. mandira said

    that looks fabulous Linda, love the entire combination. Delish!

    Thanks Mandira! Nupur’s recipe is a real keeper πŸ™‚

  22. masalamagic said

    This is next on my list Linda! Dearest nupur also sent me that lovely kolhapuri masala! And i’ve eaten misal by the bowl ful during college days. Waiting to recreate the magic at home πŸ˜‰

    Just wait till that aroma rises, Latha… if you were missing it, you’re sure to love it even more that I did — I didn’t know what I was missing till I tasted it πŸ˜‰ And yes, Nupur’s a sweetie too πŸ™‚

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