Misal Pav

Misal Pav

Ingredients You'll Need Before we begin, gather the following ingredients for making Misal Pav:

For the Misal Masala:
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon dried coconut (desiccated or fresh)
5-6 black peppercorns
4-5 cloves
1-inch cinnamon stick
2-3 dry red chilies

For the Misal Curry:
1 cup sprouted moth beans (matki)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons red chili powder (adjust to your spice level)
1 tablespoon goda masala (Maharashtrian spice blend)
Salt to taste

For Assembling:
4-6 pav (bread rolls)
Finely chopped onions
Fresh coriander leaves
Farsan (spicy mixture)
Lemon wedges
Making the Misal Masala

Before we start preparing the curry, let's make the aromatic Misal Masala:
Heat a pan on low flame and dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, dried coconut, black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick, and dry red chilies.
Roast the spices until they release a delightful aroma and turn slightly darker in color.
Allow the roasted spices to cool down and then grind them into a fine powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.
The Misal Masala is now ready to be used.

Preparing the Misal Curry

Now let's proceed to make the Misal Curry:
Step 1: Sprouting the Moth Beans Wash the moth beans thoroughly and soak them in water overnight. The next day, drain the water and transfer the soaked beans to a muslin cloth or a sprout maker.
Keep the beans covered with the cloth and leave them for another 8-10 hours, allowing them to sprout.

Step 2: Making the Misal Gravy Heat oil in a large pan or kadhai over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the hot oil. Once they splutter, add a pinch of asafoetida (hing).

Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.
Add minced garlic and grated ginger, and cook for a minute until the raw smell disappears.
Mix in the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, red chili powder, goda masala, and salt.

Cook the masala until the tomatoes become soft and the oil starts to separate.
Add the sprouted moth beans to the masala and mix well.
Pour enough water to cover the beans and bring the curry to a boil.
Reduce the heat, cover the pan, and let the Misal curry simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the beans are fully cooked and tender.

Assembling Misal Pav
Now comes the exciting part - assembling the Misal Pav:
Take a serving bowl and ladle the prepared Misal curry into it.
Garnish the Misal with finely chopped onions and fresh coriander leaves.
Sprinkle a generous amount of farsan (spicy mixture) on top of the Misal.
Squeeze some lemon juice over the Misal to add a tangy twist.

Serving Misal Pav
Serve the flavorful Misal Pav hot with pav (bread rolls) on the side.

You can also enjoy it with a dollop of butter for an extra indulgent experience.

Misal Pav is a complete meal in itself, but you can pair it with a refreshing glass of buttermilk or a sweet and tangy kokum sharbat.

Tips for the Perfect Misal Pav
Adjust the spice level according to your preference.

You can increase or decrease the amount of red chili powder and Misal Masala accordingly.
If you don't have goda masala, you can substitute it with garam masala, though the taste might differ slightly.

Customize the garnishes by adding chopped tomatoes, sev (crispy chickpea noodles), or grated coconut for an added burst of flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Misal Pav very spicy? Misal Pav is known for its spiciness, but you can control the heat by adjusting the amount of red chili powder and chilies in the recipe.

Can I use canned sprouts instead of sprouting at home? While fresh sprouts are preferred for the best taste and texture, you can use canned sprouts if fresh ones are not available. Rinse and drain the canned sprouts before using them in the recipe.

What can I use as a substitute for pav? If pav is not available, you can serve Misal with regular bread or any other bread roll of your choice.

Now that you have mastered the art of making Misal Pav, get ready to indulge in this delightful Maharashtrian delicacy. Enjoy the explosion of flavors in every spoonful, and savor the perfect blend of spices, textures, and the comforting taste of soft pav. Happy cooking!


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