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Safed Vatanyacha Usal / Misal , and a streetfood delight of Mumbai | Mumbai Street food with Tangy gravy of Soaked White peas

Think Mumbai, think street food. Most of the streetfood in Mumbai wouldnt cost you more than Rs. 60- Rs. 70/- (Approx 1.2 USD or 1 Euro). Although I wouldnt vouch for the hygiene, most places can give you a full value for your money.. For a city that never sleeps and is buzzing with adrenalin, a simple street food like Vada Pav or Missal does (calorifically speaking) fill up your tummy on the go.. One such simple yummy delight is Safed Vatanyacha Missal (and Usal). Two names ? Confused? Read on to find out the details. For the linguistically challenged, Safed = white, Vatana = dried peas, Missal / usal = dish in tangy gravy.  

This dish is eaten as it is (like a side dish for Rotis / hot rice) – then its called a Usal, or also served topped with cilantro, chopped onions, farsaan (sev / bhujia), lemon and then its called a Missal. Both Usal and Missal are served with Pav (bread roll) in most Zunkar Bhakri Kendras (roadside eateries) sprinkled across Maharashtra and is a very popular street food. The highlight of this dish is the special-garlicky Kolhapuri Masala and have given the directions how to make it too. Without further ado, lets get on to the recipe…

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Prep time : 10 mins

Soaking time : 12 hours

Cooking time : 15 mins

Serves : 3


  • Safed vatana (dried white peas) – soaked overnight – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 – chopped
  • Tomato – chopped fine
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 TBSP
  • Tomato Puree – 1/3 cup (home made)
  • Green chillies – 2 no
  • Kolhapuri Masala – 2 tsp * (refer notes below)
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Thick tamarind paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric – 1/2 TBSP
  • Oil – 3 TBSP


  • Coriander / Cilantro – 3 tsp
  • Chopped Onion – 1 no.
  • Lemon wedges – few
  • Sev / Bhujia – 1/2 cup (use the thick variety for best results)



1) Wash, soak and cook the Vatana (dried peas) along with a little salt and a pinch of soda to 4 whistles.

2) In a pan, heat oil and add turmeric,ginger garlic paste, onions. Fry till onions slightly brown. Now add the garam masala, Kolhapuri Masala, salt, green chillies, salt and saute well. 

3) Once the raw smell disappears, add the tomatoes and saute till mushy. Then add the blanched tomato puree, tamarind paste and mix

4) Once you get a thickish gravy going, add the cooked Vatana (peas) and cover and cook for 10 minutes. 

Delicious Usal is ready

To use the same gravy, and turn it to Missal: 

In a bowl, take the Usal. Garnish it with chopped onions, chopped cilantro, Sev/ Bhujia and serve with pav (Indian Dinner Rolls / Indian bread)



How to Make Kolhapuri Chutney / Kolhapuri Masala (adapted from here):


  • Red chillies – 6 nos ( Kashmiri Variety)
  • Red chillies-  2 nos (hot / spicy variety)
  • Coriander seeds – 2 TBSP
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 TBSP
  • Shredded Coconut – 3 TBSP (I used dry coconut)
  • Garlic – 6 pods
  • Sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon – 1/2 inch stick
  • Pepper – 4 to 6 nos (adjust spice)
  • Fennel Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • oil – 1 TBSP


1) Dry roast all ingredients except garlic separately and set aside.

2) Fry garlic in the oil till it turns brown and add to the mixed spice.

3) Cool and grind stuff to fine powder

4) Store in an airtight container and use as required. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Please note this masala(spice mixture) is very spicy and some people also add fried onions & cilantro which I have skipped here. 2 tsp of this spice mixture for the above Usal / Missal is quite enough for a family of 4. However, please adjust spice accordingly.



  1. Princy Vinoth

    wow i love mumbaiya street foood!

  2. hailaa. i made this just yday though didnt use kolhapuri masala as its very spicy, i used my normal masala for it. almost same way except just for sev i used mix farsan which has ghatiya sev papdi and all.

    recently i had put series on mumbai and along with it some of street food i mentioned. do check out when u get time..

    one of my maharashtrian friend used to make this usal but its too spicy and i cant eat then..

  3. Hey Kal send this along to my street food event dear looks super yummy

  4. This looks yummy..Perfectly made..


  5. one of my fav…looks so tempting…perfect flavors..will try this soon!!
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  6. looks tempting! I love it!

  7. Priya Sreeram

    tht thing i most miss abt mumbai is the missal/usal and the other yummy street food- the dish has indeed transported me to some nostalgic moments a few years back- rocking one kalyani and thx for linking it to my event

  8. wow, that looks simply amazing !!!

  9. Yummy! this dish looks delicious!
    the Kolhapuri Masala is a discovery for me and I can imagine in seasoning many dishes!
    Thanks for sending your recipe to MLLA!

  10. Look so delicious & mouthwatering. I like this spicy appearance ….Thanks a lot for sharing with Hot & Spicy Treats

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  11. Superb. Thanks for the kolhapuri masala

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