Sev Usal | Source: YouTube/ChefAanalKotak
Sev Usal | Source: YouTube/ChefAanalKotak

Sev Usal Recipe — Dive into the Rich Aromas and Vibrant Flavors of Gujarat!

Naomi Wanjala
Apr 30, 2024
05:30 A.M.
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Explore the vibrant heart of Gujarati cuisine with our sev usal recipe, a street food sensation that brings together spicy, savory, and crunchy in every bite. This easy-to-follow guide will transport your kitchen to the lively lanes of Vadodara, promising a culinary delight that's as enjoyable to make as it is to savor.

Embark on a culinary journey to the bustling streets of Vadodara, Gujarat, with our Sev Usal recipe, a beloved staple that captures the essence of this vibrant region. Known for its chatpata zest, this dish combines a rich, thick gravy with freshly chopped onions, creating a harmony of flavors that delight taste buds across all ages.

Whether you're a seasoned foodie or a curious cook, preparing Sev Usal at home promises an adventure into the heart of Gujarati cuisine. Let's dive into making this irresistibly flavorful dish together.

Sev Usal Recipe: Bring the Taste of Gujarat to Your Kitchen with This Simple Dish!


  • Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker
  • Heavy Bottom Pot


Boil the White Peas:

  • 1 Cup Dried White Peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ½ cups of water

For The Curry:

  • 4 to 5 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • teaspoon of asafoetida
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves 1
  • ½ cup of minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 teaspoons of Sev Usal masala
  • 4-5 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic and green chili minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons of red chili powder
  • ½ cup of tomato puree
  • ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder


  • Spring Onions
  • Sev Thick Plain Sev
  • Red Onions
  • Pav


Boil the white peas:

  1. Soak 1 cup of dried white peas overnight in 3 cups of water.
  2. Remove the soaked white peas from the water and place them into your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Pour in water and add salt before sealing the lid.
  3. For pressure cooking in a pressure cooker, cook the white peas for 3 whistles and allow the pressure to release naturally.
  4. If using an instant pot, close the lid and press the pressure cook button. Cook manually on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5-7 minutes of cooking, perform a quick pressure release once the white peas are cooked.

For the curry:

1. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pot.

2. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, asafetida (hing), and curry leaves.

3. Add minced onions (approximately 1.5 onions processed in a food processor), along with garlic, green chilies, red chili powder, and salt.

4. Saute the onions until the oil begins to separate, stirring frequently.

5. Incorporate the pureed tomato (using one Roma tomato processed in a food processor).

6. Stir in coriander powder, turmeric powder, and sev usal masala. Ensure thorough mixing and cook until the oil separates.

7. Remove the water from the cooked white peas.

8. Add the cooked white peas to the mixture and stir well.

9. Pour in 4-5 cups of hot water and bring the mixture to a boil.

11. Remove the oil floating on the top of the curry and store it in a separate bowl. This oil can be used as a topping, similar to chili oil.

12. Serve the curry with pav on the side, topped with sev, red onions, and spring onions.

Mastering the sev usal recipe allows you to bring a piece of Gujarat's street food magic right to your table, offering a blend of spicy, savory, and crunchy flavors.

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