In the present work, 5086 Al alloy is subjected to single and multi pass friction stir processing (FSP) to modify microstructure and mechanical anisotropy. The processing is carried out at constant rotation speed of 1025 rpm and different traverse speeds of 30 mm/min and 50 mm/min with and without cooling. Mechanical anisotropy is evaluated in terms of normal and planar anisotropy by performing tensile test in 0, 45 and 90o direction to processing direction. Material processed using multi pass FSP at 30 mm/min is showing lower planar anisotropy as compared to base material. The mechanical anisotropy property is correlated with the development of micro texture.