The Nivti recipe
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.