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Another Idea for Healthy Snacking

For a while now, this blog has been encouraging healthy homemade snacks instead of the packaged ones that are full of heavily processed ingredients and trans fats. In today’s post we shall look at creating a healthy snack called Moong Misal. The word “Misal” comes from Maharashtra – it means “mixture”.

Some of our readers may be familiar with a popular street food called Misal Pav which originated in Nasik and consists of a mixture of sprouts, peas, chickpeas, onions, coriander and other spices served with gently toasted and buttered bread rolls. There are many variants of Misal Pav across Maharashtra; these include Kolhapuri Misal, Puneri Misal and Nagpuri Misal.

Our Moong Misal is much healthier and a lot easier to make at home – and it takes hardly fifteen minutes to prepare. With this snack you can stop worrying about eating junk food at odd timings and putting on weight. This dish has just 87 calories per serving.

Here are the ingredients that you will require.


  1. Sprouted Green Gram (Moong): 150 grams

  2. Yogurt (Dahi): 150 grams

  3. Tomatoes: 2

  4. Onions: 2

  5. Mustard Oil: 2 tablespoons

  6. Green Chilli: 1

  7. Cumin (Jeera) Seeds: Half a teaspoon

  8. Sweet and Sour Chutney: 6 teaspoons

  9. Salt: to taste

The ingredients mentioned above are for six servings; adjust the ingredients proportionately to suit the number of servings you require.


Chop the tomatoes.

Finely chop the onions.

Finely chop the green chilli.


Heat the Mustard Oil in a pan on a Medium flame. Add the cumin seeds and sauté till the seeds begin to splutter. Next, add the sprouted green gram along with around 100 millilitres of water. Add salt and then cover the pan. Reduce the flame to Low and let the contents cook till the sprouted green gram becomes soft.

In a mixing bowl add the yogurt with a pinch of salt and beat to create a thick and smooth texture.

Take six serving plates. On each plate spread the hot sprouted green gram mixture. Place a topping of yogurt, sweet and sour chutney, tomatoes, onions and green chillies.

Your homemade Moong Misal is now ready to be served. In some homes in Maharashtra, they sometimes serve it with two lightly toasted and buttered bread rolls (Pav) to create a version of Moong Misal Pav. And if you would like to make it spicier, you can add a little chaat masala or red chilli powder to the topping.

Try it – it’s quick, it’s simple, it’s delicious… and it’s healthy!

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