Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

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Misal Pav

Nov 27, 2013         4 comments.

Misal Pav is a delicious combination of dinner rolls with a curry made of lentils and beans!
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

I’m so lost today that I had to triple check my “recipe” before publishing it.

My head is submerged in numbers, evidences, effectiveness, testing and a bunch of other stuff I’m struggling to learn. Seeing my coworkers do it with ease doesn’t help either. (Okay, before you conclude that I am inefficient, I want you to know that this is my first assignment in a new job. Those hard working geniuses have done this a zillion times before! :D) Still, with barely 10 minutes a day to myself before I tire out and sleep without even removing my dirty socks (just kidding!), I don’t get to do a lot of proof reading of the recipes.

But rest assured, the recipe is full and correct. Especially since the drool in my mouth explains a lot about this delicious Misal Pav!   
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

“Misal” is a Marathi word which means “mixture”. This dish has a few components > The sprouts & bean curry, The Dinner Rolls (Pav), The savory mixture (Farsan), and chopped Onions & Lemon.

When all these things come together, you have a wholesome, somewhat healthy dish called the Misal Pav. And I only say “somewhat” because the use of Pav or deep fried Farsan nullifies any nutrition you get from the spicy protein rich mung bean curry. But hey, not everything you put into your mouth is always healthy, right? 😀
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

P.S: There probably won’t be anyone as lazy as I am! I took a few liberties and shortcuts to get to this recipe. If you want to make it like the pros do, please go ahead and check out this recipe. But I’m more than happy with my make-do-with-whatever-you-got Misal Pav recipe too! 😀

Maharashtrian Misal Pav Recipe

First of all, you’ll need a mixture of sprouted beans. They can be a combination of the following > moong beans, barley, basil, lima bean, chickpeas, flax seed, green lentils, black-eyed peas, green peas, yellow peas etc. Soak them in water for 2-3 hours to sprout them a little. (Chickpea etc. may take longer than 3 hours > 8 hours) {I had only green mung beans so I only used that}
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Boil on stove or in Microwave for 10-12 minutes or until the sprouts are well cooked. Drain the water and set it aside
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

In a skillet, roast the whole spices (cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds) for 1 minute till an aroma starts to come.
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Add to a grinder / food processor and grind to a coarse mixture.
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Add blanched tomatoes to the same food processor with spices and grind till you have a smooth paste / liquid (I was bored so didn’t blanch the tomatoes.. just had to cook them a few minutes longer! 😀 )
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

In a pan, heat oil and add the ginger, garlic & onions. Saute for a few minutes until the onions turn translucent
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Add the ground tomato & spice mixture. Let it cook and reduce for 2 minutes
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Add all the spice powders to the pan. (Salt, Pepper, Garam Masala / Misal Masala, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Dhania Powder). Mix well.
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Continue to cook on high, stirring frequently until the mixture reduces to a fine paste. You should see the oil start to release from the sides of the pan
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Add the cooked mixed sprouts and mix well.
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

Add a little bit of water/ vegetable stock and let the mixture boil for a final 5 minutes.
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

To serve, add the hot Misal curry to a bowl, mix some chopped onions & farsan with the curry. Serve along with Pav (Dinner Rolls)
Misal Pav Recipe | Maharashtrian Dinner Rolls with Spicy Sprouts Curry

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Misal Pav


  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mixed Sprouts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 2 blanched Tomatoes (boil tomato in water for 24 minutes, remove skin)
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated Ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick (or cinnamon powder)
  • 23 Cloves (or clove powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Seeds (or Coriander seeds powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds (or cumin powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder / Misal Masala Powder (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder (adjust according to spice required)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to taste)
  • a pinch of Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Tomato Paste / Ketchup
  • Water / Vegetable Stock

Other ingredients

  • Pav (Dinner Rolls) {or use bread / buns}
  • Mixed Farsan (Mixture >> any crunchy savory like fried sev, chips, mixture etc.)
  • Lemon slices (if extra sourness required)
  • Finely chopped onions (for topping – optional)

Note on Mixed Sprouts

  • They can be one or a combination of the following>> moong beans, barley, basil, lima bean, chickpeas, flax seed, green lentils, black-eyed peas, green peas, yellow peas etc. Soak them in water for 2-3 hours to sprout them a little. (Chickpea etc. may take longer than 3 hours > upto 8 hours or soaking and longer cooking time) Use what you have. Cook them together or separately till you have a nice soft bite.

Note on Misal Masala powder

  • If you regularly make Misal Pav, you can find Misal Masala powder in Indian stores which may give a more authentic taste. But regular Garam Masala is okay too.

Instructions

  1. Boil sprouts on stove or in Microwave for 10-12 minutes or until the sprouts are well cooked. Drain the water and set it aside. (for chickpea etc., cooking may take longer)
  2. In a skillet, roast the whole spices (cinnamon, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds) for 1 minute till an aroma starts to come. (SKIP THIS STEP if you have the powders of all these whole spices and just add with other spices). Add to a grinder / food processor and grind to a coarse mixture.
  3. Add blanched tomatoes to the same food processor with spices and grind till you have a smooth paste / liquid.
  4. In a pan, heat oil and add the ginger, garlic & onions. Saute for a few minutes until the onions turn translucent
  5. Add the ground tomato & spice mixture. Let it cook and reduce for 2 minutes
  6. Add all the spice powders to the pan. (Salt, Pepper, Garam Masala / Misal Masala, Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder/cinnamon powder/clove powder etc.). Mix well.
  7. Continue to cook on high, stirring frequently until the mixture reduces to a fine paste. You should see the oil start to release from the sides of the pan
  8. Add the cooked mixed sprouts and mix well.
  9. Add a little bit of water/ vegetable stock to cover the sprouts and let the mixture boil for a final 5 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning
  10. To serve, add the hot Misal curry to a bowl, mix some chopped onions & farsan with the curry. Serve along with Pav (Dinner Rolls).

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Poha (in microwave)
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Dabeli (Indian Sloppy Joes)
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Healthy Puran Poli
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Sabudana Vada
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Tawa Pulao
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