Phew! Making Misal Pav is soooo much more easier than typing it out (or even reading it)! But seriously guys, try not to be intimidated with the long list of ingredients (most of it is what you already have in your pantry) and you are going to be treating yourself to one of the most popular street foods of Mumbai in the comfort of your own cozy homes. (Also, look for the shortcut method in the “my take” section) Also, it is made of sprouts??!! Who’s ever heard of healthy street food huh? 😀
I am going to give you lots of pictures and ease your way into creating this awesome recipe.Trust me and read along.
First of all, we will be needing sprouts. For this you will be requiring moth beans like in the picture. They are very similar to mung beans but smaller and different in colour. They are easily available in any Indian store. Or you could use just any other bean.
I make my sprouts myself. Soak the moth beans over-night. Drain them out in the morning and wrap them tightly (not very tight) in a damp towel and store in a humid place(I just place it in a mixing bowl and cover it with another mixing bowl). I shall try to post some pictures when I make them next time. For now, I hope the instructions help.
Or keep it short and buy sprouts from a store.
Next, we have four parts to the final assembly on your plate/bowl.
First, this is called Kat or Spicy Sauce. It is made using a pureed onion-tomato mixture and dry spices. We will be calling the onion-tomato mixture, “masala paste”. OK?
Second, this is called Usal or sprouts-potato stew. For this, I will need you guys to steam the sprouts you made/bought and have a cup of boiled potatoes ready. OK?
Third, the onion-tomato topping. Simple right?
Fourth and the final one, even simpler – store bought pharsan or fried gram flour snacks. I have provided some alternatives, as usual, in the “my take” section.
Now, you assemble them all together, 1-2-3-4. We call this Misal.
You know, you can moderate the spice level and heat with every serving. Customise it to suit your guests taste because the layers come together on each plate.
Serve with some pav/dinner rolls and an extra serving of Kat for the spice-lovers. Dip your pav in kat and then the assembled and enjoy each bite of MISAL PAV!
Uff! I cannot type or talk anymore. I need a bowl right now! Here’s the recipe for