• 2 cups sprouts (lentils like matki, moong, green chana, white chana and rajma beans) 5 onions chopped finely (2 for garnishing) 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste 2 boiled potatoes 1 teaspoon garam masala (onion-garlic masala powder) 2 large tomatoes ½ cup farsan namkeen (salted spicy crunchy snack mixture) 5-6 curry leaves ½ lemon 1 pinch of hing/ asafoetida 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 pinch of sugar Coriander/ Cilantro sprigs for garnishing

This is a FUN way to eat sprouts and the Misal Pav is a hugely popular fast food snack all along the west coast of India, especially in Maharashtra. The sprouts are added to Farsan namkeen and Sev (salted crunchy snacks) to make them tangy and crunchy and are eaten with bread buns called Pav, hence the name Misal Pav. It can be had as an evening snack or as a complete meal in itself.

METHOD:

  1. Boil the sprouts with curry leaves in sufficient water and salt.
  2. Heat oil and add hing & mustard seeds for tempering and allow them to crackle.
  3. Now add chopped onions and fry them till golden.
  4. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry well.
  5. Add garam-masala & tomatoes and fry well till tomatoes are pulpy.
  6. Now add the sprouts and 3 to 4 cups of water and allow it to cook. Adjust the salt to your taste and add sugar. Sprinkle lemon juice. The gravy has to be thin & flowing. The Misal is now ready.
  7. In a bowl take the misal, add potatoes & onions.
  8. Now arrange a layer of Farsan namkeen and fine sev.
  9. Sprinkle coriander sprigs. Ensure that you add the Farsan and sev just before serving else this will get soggy and soft and will not taste crunchy the way it should.
  10. This misal is served with Pav (bread buns) and hence the name Misal Pav.Misal pav