This another Maharashtrian food and it’s very easy to cook. You can have Misal pav in breakfast or main course. Though mostly people prefer this in breakfast but still you can have it in your lunch or dinner. Lentils / sprouts are used as main ingredient of misal and it is served with farsan or sev.
Farsan or sev is very popular in Maharashtra and it is added in misal’s gravy. Bikeneri farsan is most famous and people prefer this. This farsan or sev is also used in many other snacks and dabeli is one of them. Dabeli is another favorite street food of mine. Though it is not generally available in any other states in India, so I prefer to make this at home.
Okay now coming to misal pav, I if you never been in Maharashtra then you may have not tasted this. If you think it is just a tasty street food but not healthy then you are wrong. It is healthy and less oily. As lentils / sprouts are main ingredients then it definitely contains adequate protein value, so many people like to have this as morning breakfast.
Sprouts are generally used if it is homemade otherwise if you want to have on street then you can not expect that. So if you want to eat misal pav made with sprouts then make this at home 🙂 . Many people prefer to buy sprouts from departmental store but it is expensive and you may need to buy more than what your need. So it would be better if you do sprouting beans or lentils at home and use that in your food.
I would recommend you to use mixed beans / lentils (masoor, moong, peas, brown chickpeas rajma etc) to make this Maharashtrian dish as I found it more tasty and healthy. But still you can use any of your preferred beans to make misal pav. If you have this at road side stall then you will mostly find whole moong dal is used to make misal.
- Mixed lentils (sprouts) - 1 cup
- Onion / pyaz - 2 medium size
- Tomato / tamatar - 1 large size
- Ginger / adrak paste - 2 tsp
- Garlic / lahsun paste - 1 tsp
- Green chilies / hara mirch - 4
- Garam masala - 1 tsp
- Cumin / jeera powder - 1 tsp
- Coriander / dhania powder - 2 tsp
- Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
- Turmeric / haldi powder - 2 tsp
- Red chili / lal mirch powder - 1 tsp
- Farsan / sev - 1 cup
- Oil - 1.5 tbsp
- Salt - as needed
- Water - as needed
- Bread / pav - 4-6 pieces
- Butter - 5 tsp
- Prepare bread - Heat a pan and add butter and spread it within a limited area
- Now cut bread horizontally and put on that pan to fry for 30 seconds
- Prepare misal - Heat oil in a kadai / sauce pan and add chopped onion, ginger garlic paste & salt one by one and fry
- Add chopped finely tomatoes and green chilies and cook for another 3-4 minutes
- Now add cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, garam masala & red chili powder one by one and stir continuously
- Mash all masala / spices / thick gravy with a hand masher and add sprouts (prepare these sprouts before cooking) & mix well and cook for 3-5 minutes
- Now add water as needed and let it start boiling
- When water reduced to desired quantity, switch off flame
- Now pour it in small bowls and add farsan / sev & chopped onion and serve with pav / bread
If you want to try some more food in breakfast then I would suggest you to check poha, sabudana khichdi, dahi vada, upma, dosa, idli etc.