The popular Maharashtrian snack Misal Pav, enjoyed by scores of Mumbaikars, bagged top honours at the Foodie Hub Awards held in London.
The accolade went to Dadar eatery Aaswad Upahar located in Shivaji Park. The dish a regular favourite of the patrons received the 'The World’s Tastiest Vegetarian Dish' award.
In operation for nearly 3 decades, Aaswad is a favourite for those who savour tasty vegetarian Maharashtrian fare. Their misal is priced at Rs 48 a plate.
Misal Pav decoded
According to the IFN food website, Missal is a spicy curry prepared with moth beans or matki and served with chopped onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander and lime along with some green and tamarind chutneys. The highlight is the farsan, which adds crunch to the dish. And, the best way to enjoy a plate of missal is by wiping it off with Mumbai’s favourite bread that is pav.
Hot spots around Mumbai where you can relish Misal Pav
Chivda, farsan, matki, dried peas, diced potatoes, finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander, ginger, mustard... the humble Misal is the closest you'll get to a Maharashtrian bhel. Here are the places you can enjoy a piping hot serving of the crunchy-soupy snack. (Click here to read more)
Kolhapuri Misal: A spicy version of the Misal Pav, a regular staple in Kolhapur. The natives believe the dish originated from the region.
Puneri Misal: A version available and believed to have originated in Pune is a milder version of the Misal Pav.
Shev Misal: The farsan is replaced with sev, a condiment used in various chats like Bhelpuri, Sevpuri and others.
Dahi Misal: The misal is mixed with curd, which adds to its unique taste.