The winning Misal Pav at Aaswad, Mumbai. Photo credit: Kalyan Karmakar
There are a few dishes one must try when in Mumbai. Misal Pav is one of them. Good news is that the Maharashtrian breakfast dish has won big at the global Foodie Hub Awards held in London yesterday. Aaswad, situated at Shivaji Park in Dadar, bagged the award for ‘The World’s Tastiest Vegetarian Dish’ in Mumbai for its Misal Pav.
Suryakant Sarjoshi, owner of Aaswad says, “We got the news and it feels great! Our misal won because the spices used for the curry are entirely homemade and the farsan is of good quality. As a dish, it is a whole meal in itself.”
Misal is a spicy curry prepared with moth beans or matki (in Marathi) 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 misal is by wiping it off with Mumbai’s favourite bread that is pav.
Kalyan Karmakar, Editor-at-Large at India Food Network, is the Foodie Hub Expert (earlier Chief Chowzter) for Mumbai and had nominated Aaswad’s Misal Pav for the category.
Aaswad has been around for 30 years and remains a favourite for those looking for vegetarian Maharashtrian dishes. A plate of misal here is priced at Rs. 48.
Some other dishes that were nominated in this category from around the world are Vegan Spinach Pie (Athens), Baby Beans with Quail Egg (Barcelona), Black Barley (Perth) and Palmito Assado na Casca, a dish prepared with palm (Rio de Janeiro) among others.