Kolhapuri misal is different from any other type of misal. I won’t say this or try to make this if I won’t taste this in Kolhapur, haha. But as a food lover, what will be your experience if you will ever try this? Well, this will be always unanswered if you hesitate to try this now.
Kolhapuri misal with fresh pav ….
If you did not visit Kolhapur, Maharashtra or its nearby area then you may find yourself clueless about its taste. But if you are a traveller or ever had a chance to visit Kolhapur then you will definitely aware about Kolhapuri dishes, haha.
It is absolutely spiciest food what you have tasted in your whole life. Yes, it is actually that much spicy. People who do not prefer spicy they should avoid Kolhapuri food dishes. Though Kolhapuri dishes nowadays are available in other cities of Maharashtra but sometimes those are less spicier as compared to actual Kolhapuri food what you can try at Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
Tried Kolhapuri misal pav at Kolhapur, Maharashtra
I had a chance to eat such food in Kolhapur and fortunate that time I tried Kolhapuri misal pav because I found this supernatural, no human being can eat those effortlessly. From that day I believe Kolhapuri people are actually superhuman. It was just a snack and I found it too spicy & hot and I was scared what would happen if I would try a full meal.
The taste of Kolhapuri misal pav
Yes, Kolhapuri foods are normally that spicy. They even add too much chilli to those dishes. But whenever I make such Kolhapuri food I just try to maintain similar taste but always avoid extra chilli what can easily spoil any delicious food if you are habitual to deal with chilli, haha.
Though I knew normal traditional misal pav recipe but I did not know Kolhapuri misal pav recipe. But after having that Kolhapuri misal, I tried to make such misal several times but this time I found it exact taste of that misal what I tasted in Kolhapur in 2013.
A horrible journey & Kolhapuri misal pav
It was not a planned tour to visit Kolhapur but it was a city which is located on the route from Nashik to Bangalore and I needed to change bus from Kolhapur to reach in Bangalore. As I said that the journey was unplanned so I did not have any bus tickets and still I made a plan to visit Bangalore to meet a group of my college friends.
- I boarded a bus from Nashik at night and reach Pune in the early morning
- Then from there, I boarded into another bus and that bus dropped me at Kohlapur
- From there I caught another bus and that bus dropped me at Belgaum, Karnataka
- From there I had to another bus and finally, I reached in Bangalore at 11 PM
My lunch at Kolhapur
That journey was horrible but my lunch was more horrible because I chose to have just a misal pav instead of a full meal. Misal pav was tastier but that food seller added too much chilli and that made it horrible. So when I tried that at home, I always added less chilli and in case you are habitual to eat food with extra chilli then no issues you can add chilli accordingly.
How do I try kolhapuri misal pav at home?
Though I do not have any issue to try spicy food occasionally but I can not deal with extra chilli. They even prepare usal and misal rassa/kat/curry separately but when I prepare it at home and that too for myself then wasting time in such a way is luxury. So make this Kolhapuri misal together usal & misal rassa/kat. It is always served with sev, finely chopped onion, tomato, coriander leaves and extra grated coconut. This Kolhapuri misal is really awesome and I love this during the weekend.
Kolhapuri misal recipe
- 1.5 cups sprouts, any lentil or mixed lentils
- 1 medium-size potato, cut into small pieces
- ½ cup tomato puree
- ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
- 1.5 tbsp onion paste
- 2 tsp ginger paste
- 2 tsp garlic paste
- 1.5 tbsp fresh coconut paste
- 3-4 green chillies, chopped
- 2.5 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 2.5 tsp coriander powder
- 2.5 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves powder)
- 1 tsp asafoetida
- Salt as needed
- ½ cup coriander leaves
- 2.5 tsp lemon juice
- 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tbsp butter
- 1.5 cup water
- ½ cup sev
- ⅓ cup finely chopped onion
- Some finely chopped fresh tomatoes
- ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves, optional
- ¼ cup grated coconut, optional
- Soak lentils for more than one day in water then drain water, spread little bit water over lentils after each 8 hours
- Heat oil in big cooking pan and fry finely chopped onion and green chilli pieces
- Then add ginger paste, garlic paste and onion paste one by one and cook till it releases oil
- Now add tomato puree & cook till next 3 minutes, stir after each 30 seconds
- Now add coconut paste and stir to mix with all other ingredients and cook for another 3 minutes
- Now add all other spices (red chili powder, cumin powder, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, asafoetida, garam masala & salt) one by one and mix well, cook all those spices for next 2 minutes
- Now add sprouts & small potato pieces and cook for next 3-4 minutes, add little butter too
- Then pour enough water and let it start boiling, now boil it till all ingredients cooked perfectly & also you achieve desired consistency/thickness
- Now switch off fire and take it in serving bowl and add finely chopped onion, tomato and sev before serving