Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Misal Pav - Mumbai style


For getting authentic Maharashtrian snacks, we used to love to go to "Prakash" or "Aswad" at Dadar. They never served this dish with any pav. It was only Misal or Upwasachi Misal there. Both were quite delectable. Whenever we have Matki (Moth beans) usal at home, we just sprinkle sev on top and convert it to Misal. But if you want to go the more traditional way, then you need to make the usal a little watery to dunk the bread. When a curry or dry curry cooked with beans sprouts, it's called "Usal" in Marathi. (When you are cooking it with vegetables, it's called Bhaji). Anyways, to make Misal, first you need to make Usal of the Matki sprouts. and then garnish with chopped onions, sev etc. to make a Misal.

Here's my recipe for Misal Pav.

Misal Pav (Serves 4- 6)

Ingredients
1 cup Matki/Moth beans sprouts
1 Potato , peeled, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 tbsp oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic, mashed to pulp
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp goda masala
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp jaggery
salt to taste
1 tbsp coconut

Garnish
1 cup pohe chiwda (optional)
1/2 cup farsan (Optional)
1/2 cup sev
1/4 cup chili peanuts (optional)
1/2 onion, very finely chopped
1 tbsp cilantro, very finely chopped

Lemon wedges
Pav or dinner rolls

Method
1. Pressure cook matki sprouts with potato & tomato.
2. Heat oil. Add onions and garlic pulp.
3. Let the onions soften a little. Now add turmeric powder, chili powder, goda masala.
4. Add boiled matki mixture and 1/2 cup water
5. Add salt, jaggery, coconut and cilantro.
6. Let it simmer for 7 minutes. Note that the usal needs to have some gravy.
7. In a serving plate, add a thin layer of poha chiwda. Add farsan on top.
8. Now add the Matki usal. Add sev on top.
9. Garnish with chopped onion and cilantro.
10. Serve with pav and lemon wedge.
 

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