Friday, December 31, 2010

Thanedar's Mamledar's

I love Pav, a popular local bread in Maharashtra and Gujarat that is borrowed from the Portuguese word for bread- Pao. I'm pretty much a fan of how Pav is eaten in Mumbai- Bhaji Pav, Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Usal Pav, Pav chai even love Pav with Goan sausages. I heard of Mamledar's from the folks at the office. The Thane bus folks rave about its Misal Pav. Many claim it to be the best in all of Maharashtra. People apparently come from everywhere for some Misal Pav.
I was intrigued. A hunt for things in the old marketplace led me to the threshold of Mamledar's. So this Misal Pav joint is right outside the Thane Police chowki and the Mamledar's office and hence the name. Who is a Mamledar? Well I think it is the regional district office. This little food place started to cater to the office people and the Thane Police station. But apparently is so famous that everyone comes to. The Misal pav is sold in three degrees of hotness- mild, medium and hot. Apparently the hot is searing and can burn a hole through your tongue.
Whats Misal Pav - well it literally means mixture of a spiced chana curry with all kinds of crunchies, onions, and a dash of lemon. The Misal is eaten by soaking the pav in the crunchy curry mix. Its delicious. So here are some pictures from the adventure of wandering in old Thane and then finding the famous Mamledar's.
The owner of Mamledar's told me he has been running the place for 58 years. The place is busy from the moment it opens at 8 am to 9:30 pm. There is always a line and never a place to eat. Initially he was not very happy that I wanted to take pictures - he kept saying no advertising.  So I pulled up my blog on my phone and showed him the fish post. He smiled and said ok. There was a huge line outside to pack Misal Pav. Every table in the place was packed. A sure sign that a place is super.
Do come and check it out for yourself. We got the Misal Pav to go which we relished at home. Medium spicy was good for me. I am sure I could not take it spicier than that.
Here are a few photos of Thane's marketplace and then Mamledar's. All photos are taken by my phone camera.

Lovely old house
 The Gamdevi water tank
 Bead shop
 Party dresses
The orange wig had me at hello.

 The way to a steel utensil shop
 Finally Mamledar's. A line waiting to get in and a longer line for parceling the Misal.
 The entrance to the offices
 Lassi and chhas
 Line for parcel

 The Misal tadka
 Pav in a drawer near the counter

They are closed on Sundays.
 The Misal mix ready to go on the tables
 Rich man with their onions
 Hot Chai is a great accompaniment to some spicy Misal Pav

 The curry base for the Misal

 At home- Janu's first time with the Misal Pav. Carefully mixed in the right proportions for her to enjoy.
 Janu loved it. The misal was spicy. Perfect tanginess once some lemon is squeezed. Definitely the oil floating on top is scary which I separated. The crunchy bites soaked in with the fresh pav and super spicy curry base is a great blend of textures in the mouth. The Pav was lovely and thick and soft and bouncy. It was superb.

Dear readers- a very happy new year to you all. I have loved bringing my food adventures to you. This year has been quite amazing and its been great sharing it with you. Love to all.

My favourite song at this time of the year. Do listen.


  1. I remember watching an episode on them on Highway on my plate...The description sounds yummy, the oil does not. More keen to know the "morning after" story ;)

  2. Hey Purba - I had to separate all the oil before we ate it. It was really good though. Stomach's are fine. I think my throat is hurting though- completely different reasons.

  3. Keep it up Curry us more on Thane!!
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  4. There's on place in Thane near the lake/tank which serves the fieriest Misal. I forget the name.

  5. Aah.. Mamledaar chi misal.. I am hungry now..

  6. Hey, Thanks for posting pics of Mamledaar Misal. It has its unique taste.
    Nr gamdevi water tank there is one icecreamwala who sales only 2 flavors-Mango n Pista- only in evening time on non-monsoon days. Do you know anything about it?

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  8. Mamledar misal is yummy, i was introduced to this joint during my engineering days. I was planning to visit this place in dec when i go back to Bombay for 1 month vacation; I didn't know it was close on Sundays, thanks for letting me know that. It's going to be a long drive from south bombay but completely worth it :)

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  10. I have been going there since I was a kid. My dad used to take me there every week. I have been in the US for past 17 years now and I miss it - miss it really bad (may be it is my Dad's company as well that made is so special).

    Anyway - an interesting fact: this is the only place that sells ice cubes by 'plate' - to cool the water!! Talk about the 'hot' misal. Feel free to order 'Ek plate ice' :)

  11. The Mamledar Misal is indeed the best in Mumbai. The hot misal serving with a glass of sweet lassi makes a relishing best combination. What ever be the amount of oil in the misal the lassi neutralizes it.

  12. I have been eating this dish when Misal was 25 paise and 10 paise for two pao way back in 1975. The taste remains same.

  13. well, just happened to visit the eatery today after bunking college. did't expect to find a blog on it. Reading it has made my mouth water again!!

  14. I have been eating this misal pav when it used to cost just 35 paise

  15. Was searching for misal recipe and here I landed.. this photos made me hungry now!! really miss Mamaledar chi Misal that to extra tikhat rassa
    You can also try batata vada dipped in Misal rassa!! its too ossome and mouth watering!!

  16. Lovely pics and description... I am a Thaneiite and thanks for making me walk through that lane again :)
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