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Eating Out in Mumbai – My Favourite “MISAL”

September 22, 2016

MUMBAI FOODIE MEMORIES 

Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve:  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/09/mumbai-foodie-memories-misal-at-girgaum.html

I enjoyed the 6 Best Years of My Life in Mumbai – six glorious years from the years 2000 to 2006.

During these six best years of my life, I lived in EMPRESS COURT – my all time favourite home – the best house I have ever lived in during my entire life.

I wish I could have had my retirement home in that lovely neighbourhood – or nearby – but then – can an honest Naval Officer afford a house in South Mumbai…?

Maybe a Merchant Navy Officer can afford a house in “So Bo” (South Bombay) – but if you have spent your life honestly serving the nation in the “Fauji” Indian Navy – forget about Mumbai – you will not be able to afford a home in the heart of Pune – and – you would probably have to settle down in some faraway suburb like Wakad or Baner or Kharadi – or in one of those military veteran “fauji ghettos” like Mundhwa, Kondhwa or Mohammadwadi – where most retired service officers have settled down.

But in your mind’s eye – you can always hark back – and relive your “good old days” with nostalgia.

That is what I did on this lovely morning – during my foodwalk – I reminisced about my glorious Sunday Morning “Food Walks” in Mumbai.

A few days ago – I told you about my favourite Non-Veg Morning Foodwalk in Mumbai.

Now – let me tell you about my favourite Vegetarian Morning Foodwalk in Mumbai.

MY FAVOURITE VEG MUMBAI FOOD WALK

MISAL at GIRGAUM (Girgaon) – Mouthwatering Mumbai Memories By VIKRAM KARVE 

Mumbai is in Maharashtra.

You will get all genres and varieties of cuisine in Mumbai.

But tell me – where would you go for an authentic Maharashtrian breakfast…?

My favorite place is Vinay Health Home (aka Vinay Lunch Home) near Thakurdwar in Girgaum in Mumbai.

When I used to stay at Churchgate – I used to walk down Marine Drive towards Chowpatty – cross the road near Taraporewala Aquarium – take the lane between Kaivalyadhama Yoga Centre and Savitribai Phule Ladies Hostel – (the lane is called Income Tax Lane) – cross the railway overbridge at the southern end of Charni Road Station on the Western Railway – walk straight on Thakurdwar Road – cross Girgaum (JSS) Road – and continue walking till I reached Vinay Health Home on my right.

Have you ever tasted a dish called Misal…?

If you want to know what an authentic Misal tastes like – try the Misal at Vinay.

It is the signature dish of the place.

In fact – I will say that – in my opinion – MISAL is the signature dish of Maharashtra.

The Misal at Vinay Health Home is my favourite Misal.

I don’t think anyone else serves a better Misal than Vinay of Girgaum – and – in my opinion – not even the many famous Misals of Pune can surpass the Misal at Vinay Lunch Home.

The place is always crowded and you may have to wait for a seat – but the sight of foodies voraciously eating and the gastronomic ambiance will help build up your appetite.

The moment you sit down in the shiny bright eatery – with mirrors all around – the waiter will appear pretty fast – and you can order a Misal.

The Misal will arrive quickly as service is prompt and efficient.

Don’t delve too much on the contents – or the ingredients – which basically comprise an Usal – a Rassa (the spicy curry) – and a zesty garnish of Shev (Sev), Chiwda, Farsan, onions, fresh corriander and green chillies – arranged in three tiers and served with a wedge of lemon.

There are two bowls and two spoons.

Using both spoons – mix the contents thoroughly – squeeze the lemon – and eat.

It’s hot – lip-smacking – and –  delicious.

Soon your tongue will be on fire – your nose will run – and – your eyes will water – that’s the true test of a genuine Misal.

Bash on Regardless.

Never try to douse the appetizing zesty fire in your insides by sipping water – or – ruin the gastronomic experience by succumbing to a bite of Pav or bread – which they may have the temerity to place alongside your plate of Misal

That’s right – never have Pav or bread with a misal.

Pav with Bhaji or Vada may be fine (Pav-Bhaji or Vada-Pav) – but if you want to savor the genuine taste of Misal – and experience the “proof” of the real stuff – it would be tantamount to sacrilege to have Pav with Pisal.

Vada-Pav – okay

Pav-Bhaji – okay

Misal-Pav – it’s a No, No!

If you like things less spicy try Dahi Misal.

The sweet cool curds (dahi or yoghurt) mixed with fiery chillies, zesty onions and spicy crisp chiwda-shev provide an excellent contrasting symbiosis of tastes and flavours.

And – if you do want to have something with Pav – try the Patal Bhaji or Usal. 

Fresh soft bread (Pav) drenched in those delicious gravies – it’s heavenly.

You’ll find all the Maharashtrian specialties on the menu – including the Upas (Fast) Food like Sabudanyachi Khichadi and Wade – but you must go there and discover for yourself.

There are quite a few exquisite preparations of Pohe too.

But do remember to end your breakfast with chilled Piyush or Mango Lassi to savor a sweet end to a delightful repast.

If you are looking for authentic value-for-money pure vegetarian Maharashtrian cuisine in Mumbai – head for Vinay – and you will carry mouthwatering memories of the place forever.

It has been a long time since I last relished a Misal at Vinay.

I wonder if the place still exists.

If you are a Mumbaikar – and you live nearby – please do visit Vinay Health Home – and let us know whether the place is still going strong – and does it still serve the same high quality Misal and other dishes.

And – Dear Reader – if you know of a place that serves a good Misal – please be so good as to let us know.

Happy Eating!

VIKRAM KARVE

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Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve:  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/09/mumbai-foodie-memories-misal-at-girgaum.html

Revised and Updated Version of the Article Written by me Vikram Karve 16 years ago in the year 2000 and First Posted on my Foodie Blog by me Vikram Karve at url: http://food.sulekha.com/delicious-vegetarian-maharashtrian-breakfast-id7471-39386-recipe.htm  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2012/05/eating-out-in-mumbai-misal.html  and  https://vwkarve.wordpress.com/2007/07/12/a-delicious-day-in-mumbai/  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2011/12/my-favourite-misal-eating-out-in-mumbai.html

Last Post – Obituary – RIP “Daddy”

September 22, 2016

“Last Post” – Remembering “Daddy”

Remembrance  Brigadier Pratap Dattatraya Joshi (6.3.1932 – 22.9.2008) 

Today is the 22nd of September 2016  the eighth death anniversary of my late father-in-law Brigadier Pratap Dattatraya Joshi who we affectionately called “Daddy“.

How time flies!

He passed away in the early hours of 22 September 2008.

8 years have passed since the inimitable Pratap Dattatraya Joshi left for his heavenly abode.

Lest we forget him  on this day  his 8th death anniversary  let me sound the “Last Post” once again.

As a token of my remembrance  here is the obituary LAST POST I wrote for him when he left us for his heavenly abode on the 22nd of September 2008.

LAST POST

Obituary

Brigadier Pratap Dattatraya Joshi  (6.3.1932 – 22.9.2008)

In the early hours of the 22nd of September 2008, Pratap Dattatraya Joshi, breathed his last, and departed for his heavenly abode, at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune.

Pratap Joshi was an epitome of simple living and high thinking.

Born on the 6th of March 1932, he imbibed sterling values from his father, DP Joshi, a Teacher and Scout, a legend in his lifetime.

Brigadier PD Joshi was a product of the prestigious First Course of the National Defence Academy (NDA – or 1st JSW, as he liked to call it, then located in Dehradun).

Brigadier PD Joshi was certainly not the archetypal pompous hard-drinking handlebar-moustachioed high-falutin “Colonel Blimp” type of Army Officer.

He was not an elitist snob, but a simple honest patriotic professional who believed in grassroot soldiering.

He was a simple, down-to-earth, Spartan, unassuming, dedicated, sincere, patriotic, scrupulously honest, erudite person possessing a golden heart filled with humility and compassion.

Throughout his distinguished career spanning 37 years, and even thereafter, he spread happiness, benevolence and goodwill owing to his cheerful disposition, kind-hearted nature and inimitable sense of humour.

Forever young at heart  Pratap Joshi did not suffer from the Auld Lang Syne Complex.

After retirement  unlike most retired “faujis”  he never lived in the past, languishing and brooding about the “good old days”  but he moved on with exceptional enthusiasm and childlike zeal to his new loves – music and social work.

Starting from the scratch  he studied classical music with sheer dedication, resolute grit and passionate zest for many years till he was bestowed with the prestigious post graduate degree of Sangeet Alankar.

Then he taught music to one and all, free of cost  making special efforts to teach the needy and underprivileged.

Travelling extensively  and roughing it out in the heart of the mofussil  to rural and far flung regions  he made a significant social contribution to enhancing primary education in backward areas, as the Chief Trustee of the Natu Foundation Educational Trust.

He eagerly contributed his expertise to Jnana Prabodhini and for improving the efficiency of Hospitals.

Pratap Joshi loved animals, especially dogs.

He always had pet dogs, and showered his unconditional love on them and all the dogs that he came across in the neighbourhood, pet and stray.

It was distressing to see Dolly desperately searching for him soon after he had gone away from us forever.

We shall always remember the love with which he snuggled and cuddled Sherry, our pet dog  a “Doberman-X” girl  when she was a baby.

(Sadly – Sherry also passed away to her heavenly abode in December 2014)

Pratap Joshi had a genuine zest for living  and he enjoyed every moment of his life  indulging himself in his favourite foods, movies, travel, music etc

If he liked to do something – he did it – anything he liked – without caring for what others would think.

He laughed  and he made others laugh.

I first met Pratap Joshi in March 1982  and he left such a lasting impression on me that I became his fan ever since.

He was my father-in-law  more like a loving father who I could count on to stand by me, advise and inspire me, in happiness and in adversity  and I shall forever cherish every moment I shared with him.

My son, a seafarer, was his favourite grandchild, the apple of his eye.

It was a pity he could not be with his beloved grandfather during his last moments as he is sailing on the high seas.

Such are the tragedies and travesties of life, and death.

We will miss you dearly “Daddy”.

You lived your life to its fullest and loved all of us from the bottom of your heart.

We are sure you will shower us with your blessings from your heavenly abode.

You were a noble and virtuous man who always did good to everyone you met and wherever you went.

Pratap Dattatraya Joshi  (6.3.1932 – 22.9.2008) – RIP.

May His Soul Rest in Peace.

VIKRAM KARVE

Obituary First Posted on 22 September 2008 in this Blog at url link: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2008/09/pratap-joshi-rip-remembrance.html

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