Usal Pav Recipe -A Delicious Mumbai Street Food

Usal Pav Recipe is a popular delicious spicy Maharashtrian Mumbai street food that is made with boiled dried white peas in a tangy tomato and tamarind gravy. Make this yummy recipe for your evening snack.

Priya Chandrasekaran
Usal Pav Recipe -A Delicious Mumbai Street Food
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 Usal Pav is a traditional and delicious Maharashtrian  Mumbai Street Food that is made using the dried peas. This recipe has a tangy taste to it that comes from the addition of tamarind with many wonderful Indian spices. It is usually eaten with pav, an Indian bread or can even be a stand-alone dish, and finds favour with both children and adults alike.

Serve the tangy hot Usal Pav accompanied with toasted pav or toasted bread with a cup of Masala Chai. You can also top the Usal with finely chopped onions, sev and gre en chillies and serve it as a Snack Meal for Kids. 

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Course: Snack
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

50 M


4 Servings


  • 1 cup Dried Yellow/White Peas (Vatana) , soaked for 8 hours
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 1 cup Tamarind Water
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • 1 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
  • Oil
  • Sev , to garnish

How to make Usal Pav Recipe -A Delicious Mumbai Street Food

  1. To begin making the Usal Pav Recipe (A Delicious Mumbai Street Food) by pressure cooking the peas that is soaked in the pressure cooker for 5 whistle and release the pressure naturally and keep it aside. 

  2. Next heat 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Once the oil is hot, add in the mustard seeds. Once it crackles, add in the curry leaves and hing.

  3. Then add garlic & sauté for a minute or so. Before it turns dark brown, add in the chopped onions and saute till translucent.

  4. Now add the chopped tomatoes and saute it for a few minutes until it softens. Once softened and the tamarind water and allow it all simmer on low heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. 

  5. Finally, pour the cooked peas into the wok, along with garam masala, chilli powder and salt. Turn the heat to low, cover the pan and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, check the salt and seasonings and adjust to suit your taste.Stir in the chopped coriander leaves and transfer to as serving bowl. Serve the tangy hot usal pav accompanied with toasted pav, toasted bread. You can also top the Usal with finely chopped onions, sev and green chillies and serve it as a Snack Meal for Kids.