I remember having Misal-Pav in our office canteen. In Mumbai most people travel at least 1 to 2 hours to office everyday, so it is obvious that not everybody is going to have breakfast at home first thing in the morning. Breakfast menu’s in office canteens like misal-pav, vada pav, idli-sambhar to name a few are very popular. Since, I lived very close to office, I would skip breakfast at home to have Misal-Pav in office.
Misal Pav is another popular breakfast dish in Mumbai. Misal literally means mixture and this dish is a mix of sprouts(dried peas, moth beans and moong beans) which is cooked in onion-tomato-coconut gravy and topped with chopped onion and Farsan or mixture( which is again a mixture of dried spicy gram flour noodles, roasted peanuts, roasted channa dal). And it is served with none other than our famous pav(bread).There are different versions of Misal like Bombay Misal, Puneri Misal and Kolhapuri. This is my version to the dish. We had this for dinner yesterday night with fresh baked pav bread.
- 2 1/2 cups mixed sprout legumes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 2 tbsp crushed tomatoes
- 4 green chillies, seeds removed
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1/4 tsp asfetodia powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 3 tbsp shredded fresh/frozen coconut flakes
- salt to taste
- coriander leaves for garnishing
- chopped onions for garnishing
- lime/lemon quarters for garnishing
- 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp light olive oil/vegetable oil
- To start with boil the mixed sprouts in pressure cooker for 1 whistles Or until tender. Strain the sprouts and reserve the liquid. Keep it aside.
- Heat a tsp of oil, add chopped onions and sauté until light brown in color, add fennel seeds, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and shredded coconut and fry for 2-3 minutes. Once done add chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and grind the mixture into a fine paste.
- In another pan, heat 2 tbsp oil, add asafoetida powder and add the masala paste followed by turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste and cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Add the reserved liquid(for me it was 1 cup), water( I have added 1 cup) and add boiled sprout to the masala.Check for seasoning.
- Cover the lid and boil for 5-6 more minutes on low-medium heat.
- The gravy is ready to savored with pav bread.
Assembing the Misal Pav:
- Take a large serving bowl , add two big ladle full of gravy in the bowl, topped with chopped onions, mixrure/farsan and coriander leaves. Not to forget the lime/lemon wedge. Serve it with pav. And serve your misal-pav piping hot. Enjoy!!
For sprouting the legumes, soak them overnight. Next day, wash and drain them with water and tie in muslin cloth or cotton kitchen towel. Keep it under a heavy bottom dish in a kitchen closet. The next day you will have beautiful and perfect sprouted legumes ready.