Last week while I was in Pune, I accidentally came across this simple, not so hi fi restaurant in Nigdi, Pune. I had some work in state electricity board in Pune, I finished my work at around 1.30 pm, and asked my son to find out a dining option in the area, and to my surprise he suggested this restaurant serving a different type of Misal. Misal is a popular dish from Maharashtra, India. It consists of a spicy curry usually made of sprouted moth beans topped with farsan or sev and pav – a type of Indian bread roll.
This particular restaurant serves a traditional misal with the addition of some aroma. Aroma of smoke! Yes, the sprouts in earthen pot come with a burnt charcoal inside it. Once you open the pot, you have to pour a spicy curry in the sprout mix, and eat with Pav(bread). You can add the onion or coriander leaves or lemon for added taste. But the taste of this misal is yummy, the lingering aroma of a smoke remains in mouth for some time. The ingredients of the dish were so perfect, that I never felt a need of any accomplishment. Perfect hot and spicy stuff with shallow butter fried bread. The plate has another yummy food item of Maharashtra, Sol Kadhi. Solkadhi is a type of drink is made from coconut milk and kokum(aamsol). This drink is famous in Konkan and Goa region of India. It is known for its digestive properties and also is a very good detoxifying juice.
So guys, whenever you are in Pune,India, never miss this small food joint called Nikhara Misal.
Nigdi is a beautiful area with lush green landscapes and small pretty houses.