The Nivti recipe

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Mud flap­pers or nivti are another pop­u­lar of­fer­ing in the Koli com­mu­nity. Thane-based Drau­padi Har­ishchan­dra Koli pre­pares the nivtiche kalvan, the spicy tamarind-tem­pered curry whose thick­ness comes from aloo leaves and stems. The dish is of­fered to Gauri. Nivtis should be brought alive from the creeks or sea, and locked in a cov­ered uten­sil, else they dan­gle out. The first step of the recipe is to sprin­kle salt on the nivtis, and wash off the scales thor­oughly. Blend green chill­ies, gar­lic cloves and gin­ger to make a fine paste for later use. Wash colo­ca­sia leaves and stems and cut them cir­cu­lar or oth­er­wise. Af­ter heat­ing the oil in a pan, add goda masala, salt and turmeric, tamarind paste as per taste and add the spicy paste. Put the washed colo­ca­sia, leaves and stems in the hot pan over the gar­nished oil. Af­ter the veg­gies are cooked in a cov­ered pan, pour the cleaned nivtis, add wa­ter for a thick curry and cover the lid. Serve hot with bhakri or rice.

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