In Pics: What the Fish! Salivate Over the Koli Seafood Festival
Koli Seafood Festival. 
Koli Seafood Festival. 

In Pics: What the Fish! Salivate Over the Koli Seafood Festival

Once a year, a bumpy open ground at the very end of Versova gaon is spruced up, carpeted and illuminated to welcome lovers of seafood and folk culture at the Koli Seafood Festival in Mumbai.

Koli fisherwomen set up stalls and whip up traditional homemade curries with prawns, bangda (mackerel), surmai, crab, lobster and of course, pomfret with bhakri for the crowds queuing up. All of this is absolutely fresh!

Take a peek:

Food, Glorious Food

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    Tandoori nights. 
    Tandoori nights. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Food of the gods. 
    Food of the gods. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Only fried fresh fish served. 
    Only fried fresh fish served. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    You can never run out of options at the seafood festival. 
    You can never run out of options at the seafood festival. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Bombil fry with chutney= Heaven on a plate. 
    Bombil fry with chutney= Heaven on a plate. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Tandoor se: A healthy fish option. 
    Tandoor se: A healthy fish option. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    For your eyes only. 
    For your eyes only. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Fresh catch is not a problem for fisherfolk. 
    Fresh catch is not a problem for fisherfolk. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Seafood festival is incomplete without pulav to accompany it. 
    Seafood festival is incomplete without pulav to accompany it. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)

Fisherwomen With Superpowers

At the forefront, the seafood festival is mostly run by the fisherwomen who cook, and serve absolutely scrumptious home-made cuisine. Even as the crowds increase in the latter half of the day, these superwomen are at the ready holding a pen and paper with recommendations of what to eat.

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    Fisherwomen cook traditional recipes that are difficult to find in restaurants. 
    Fisherwomen cook traditional recipes that are difficult to find in restaurants. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Most ladies follow a dress code by adorning sarees of the same colour and design. 
    Most ladies follow a dress code by adorning sarees of the same colour and design. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    While the food stalls were mostly occupied by the ladies, some fishermen were also at the counter frying and baking fish. 
    While the food stalls were mostly occupied by the ladies, some fishermen were also at the counter frying and baking fish. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)

The festival offers more than just delicious food. There’s entertainment for children with knick-knacks as well as performances by folk dancers.

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    Sol kadi, made with coconut milk and <em>kokum </em>fruit.&nbsp;
    Sol kadi, made with coconut milk and kokum fruit. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Decor ideas, anyone?&nbsp;
    Decor ideas, anyone? (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Making use of fishnets for decorations.&nbsp;
    Making use of fishnets for decorations. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    It was a busy night for all involved.&nbsp;
    It was a busy night for all involved. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Dil-shaped balloons.&nbsp;
    Dil-shaped balloons. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Fisherwomen run the show at the festival.&nbsp;
    Fisherwomen run the show at the festival. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Folk dances and singers are a major attraction at this food festival.&nbsp;
    Folk dances and singers are a major attraction at this food festival. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)
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    Knick-knacks for one and all.&nbsp;
    Knick-knacks for one and all. (Photo: Sabika Razvi/The Quint)