It was the first time when I was having misal pav in a restaurant rather a small eatery at my place in India and I was not sure how it would taste . No sooner , I had my first spoon, I knew it. It was so hot and spicy. I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that , I haven’t eaten anything as spicy as this. But yet, it was so tasty that I polished off my plate in no time with my eyes and nose watering all along. That is how its supposed to be, everyone say. Its a kolhapuri dish and kolhapuri dishes are known to be hot and spicy. I did have this a couple of times after that and enjoyed it to my hearts content.
But now I have got used to less spicy food, and am sure to end up with a upset stomach if I indulge on these spicy delicacies. So I went on to make this at home to suit my taste, browsed a few sites added some twists of my own and it was a nice delicious meal we had that day. I would say, this is not the authentic way of making misal pav, though its almost very close to it. The moth beans/matki/ usal is cooked seperately with lot of spices and then a gravy or rassa or kat is poured over it along with the garnishings. A popular masala/spice called “goda masala” is widely used for its preperation.
But we made it our own way and really enjoyed it. Try it sometime. You will love it.