Friday, January 6, 2012

"Misal" with a twist

First of all wish you all a very Happy & a prosperous New Year!

Many of you may be aware of this tasty Maharashtrian dish that is normally eaten for breakfast. “Misal” meaning mixture in marathi. When served with pav (bread) it is known as Misal Pav.  Traditionally, “Misal” is made from  matki (moth beans) or sprouted green gram with a thick gravy using “goda masala”. This is topped with “Bombay Mixture” (or farsaan as it is called), onions and tomatoes. When curd (yoghurt) is added, it is known as “Dahi Misal”

For me, the word “misal” brings back fond memories of my childhood days in Mumbai.
Our summer vacations were mostly spent at my Grandma’s place. We would have our cousins for company too. If and when we have behaved well and helped Grandma with some household chores, Grandpa would take us all out to a neighbourhood restaurant for a “Misal” treat. The taste of that misal still lingers in my mouth!

Since “misal is a very versatile dish, I have prepared this with a slight twist. Instead of  using “matki” or “sprouted moong”, I have made use of our regular south Indian “Sambhar” with vegetables. Believe me, it turns out really delicious. Try it out and see for yourself. This is my version of "misal" or you can also call it the south-indian “chaat”!

Most South Indian homes prepare Sambhar at least once or twice in a week so it will be easy for them to prepare this misal in a jiffy.

Misal 5

Misal 2
Misal ingredients

Ingredients :

4 cups
Bombay mixture (Chivda)
100 gms
Onion (chopped)
1 medium
Tomato (chopped)
1 medium
Corriander leaves (chopped)
2 tbsps
Curds (optional)
About 1 cup
Lemon juice (optional)
2 tsps

Method :

  1. First prepare your regular sambhar with any mixed vegetables of your choice.
  2. Next keep all the other ingredients (Chivda, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves) ready.
  3. Ladle the sambhar into the serving bowl. Add a tablespoon each of chivda, onion, tomato and coriander leaves and finally ½ tsp of lime juice. Add these items just before serving.
  4. Serve hot.

Serves : 4


  • It is eaten as a snack. 
  • In this recipe, I used corn mixture and ‘sev’.
  • If you want to make “Dahi Misal”, add curds to the above prepared bowl, in which case, you may omit the lemon juice.
  • Try it out with any curry of your choice and prepare “misal”.

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