Usually, this curry is served with Pau/bread and eaten often as a street food/snack. However, in continuing with my theme of ‘craving Maharashtrian food’ I ignored the requirement for pau and just ate it with Rotis and Rice! It was great and I did not miss pau for a single second! 🙂
Sprouts (of any kind), Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, Green chilies, Ginger-Garlic paste, Onions, Tomatoes, Red chili powder, Turmeric powder, Hing, Goda Masala, Sugar, Garam Masala, Coriander Cumin powder, Potatoes, Farsaan, Spiced peanuts, Cilantro.
- Boil 1 large potato, peel, cube and keep aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp of oil.
- Add 1 tbsp each of mustard seeds and cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
- Add 2 green chilies slit lengthwise and 1 medium onion finely chopped.
- Saute till the onion turns translucent.
- Add 1/2 tsp of ginger-garlic paste and saute well till the raw smell subsides.
- Add 2 finely chopped tomatoes and saute the mixture.
- Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes till the tomatoes get really mushy.
- Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder + 1.5 tbsp of red chili powder + 3/4 tsp of hing + 1.5 tbsp of Goda masala + 1 tbsp of coriander cumin powder + 1/2 tsp of Garam masala + Salt to taste. Mix everything well.
- Add 1 cup of sprouts (mung bean, chick pea, brown chick peas, black eyed peas, or any other kind) to the pan.
- Add 2 cups of water and 1 tsp of sugar.
- Add the cubed potatoes.
- Mix everything well and allow to cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. The sprouts should be cooked well but remain al dente.
- The consistency of the Misal should be thin but not runny. If you find it too thin, allow to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and allow the misal to rest for about 8 minutes.
- Serving: Ladle the Misal into a small bowl. Add any kind of farsaan (fried snacks/sev etc that you may have on hand). Top with finely chopped onion, masala peanuts, and finely chopped cilantro. Serve immediately with pau/rice!
Here is a picture of Misal that I made yet another day for a party with authentic garnishes and with the Mumbai Pau in action!