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Shukto Recipe | Bengali Mix-Vegetable

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If you are looking for the shukto meaning then perhaps you should know that it is one of the most unique dishes that Bengali cuisine has at offer. It is a dish which is a melange of diverse flavours like sweetness combined with bitter

Ask any Bengali, if he/she liked shukto as a kid. I am sure 8 out of 10 would say, NO! Surprisingly enough, you would find that all the good food that we like now, were completely desisted earlier. And, no doubt that the mothers got a hard time making us eat all of those. But, as the years passed and better sense prevailed, luckily we realized the importance of veggies in our diet.

Shukto recipe Bengali dish

For those who think that Bengali food is all about fish curries, mutton and such other non-vegetarian dishes, one look at my blog would give it away that we actually have further more varieties of vegetarian dishes than the non-vegetarian ones.

While fish is more of compulsion on our table, it is always surrounded by at least 2-3 vegetarian side-dishes. Starting with something bitter, then fry to go with the lentils and finally, putting an end to the hearty meal with a chutney of seasonal fruit or vegetable.

See, while the fish/meat dishes might be the show-stealer of the Bengali cuisine, these vegetarian side-dishes are the actors who complete the show!

Now, shukto can be made in numerous ways. I am sure every family has at least 2-3 ways of making it. I know that because my mom came up with 3 ways of doing this dish.

How to make Shukto – Ingredients list

Traditionally, there is a set of particular vegetables that goes into Shukto. Bitter Gourd or Korola, Potato, Eggplant or Begun, Green Banana or Kanchkola, Drumsticks or Sojne Data, Snake Beans or Borboti and Sweet Potato or Ranga-aloo.

If I am able to source all these veggies at the same time, then there’s nothing better that can happen. However, that’s not always the case. So, with whatever ingredients I have at my disposal or I can source from my local vegetable seller, I make this Bengali mixed vegetable dish of ‘Shukto‘ in my way.

I believe that this list can come very handy as Shukto vegetables. You can use any number of these to make this dish in your particular style.

  • Potato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Bitter Gourd
  • Eggplant
  • Snake Beans
  • French Beans
  • Green Banana
  • Green Papaya
  • Drumsticks

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with making shukto with whatever you have on hand. I mean purists may frown, but as long as you keep certain elements of this recipe intact, you are safe.

Such as, there has to be an element of bitter like Bitter Gourd since this is the first side dish to be served with the rice. And as you might know, it is customary to have a bitter dish for the initiation of a rice meal.

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Next would be to have some sort of beans such as snake beans or even normal french beans. To add volume to the dish, potatoes are a must. Plus, Bengalis cannot stay away from spuds!

Last would be panchphoron, or the Bengali five spice mix. Now every family has its own panchphoron mix. I follow my mom’s combination of fenugreek seeds, celery seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds and cumin seeds

Also, there is a particular way to cut shukto vegetables. These have to be finger long pieces of uniform shape & size. This would ensure uniform cooking so that none of them turns mushy in the end.

If you keep these small things in mind, you are pretty much set for a delicious serving of Bengali mix vegetable dish, shukto.

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Shukto Recipe | Bengali Mix-Vegetable
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

If you are looking for the shukto meaning then perhaps you should know that it is one of the most unique dishes that Bengali cuisine has at offer. It is a dish which is a melange of diverse flavours like sweetness combined with bitter

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Keyword: Aubergine Recipes, Bengali Food, Bengali Vegetarian Recipes, Bitter Gourd Recipes, Eggplant Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Niramish Ranna, Potato Recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 0.294 kcal
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 1 Bitter Gourd
  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Aubergine or Eggplant
  • ½ Green Papaya
  • 1 Green Banana
  • 4 French Beans
  • ½ tsp Panchphoron
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tbsp Sugar
  • Panchphoron/Cumin Powder to top it.
  • tsp Ghee or Clarrified Butter
  • 3 tbsp Mustard Oil to cook
Instructions
  1. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the Bitter Gourd that has been sliced earlier.
  2. In the meanwhile, dice the vegetables in large pieces.

  3. Once the Bitter Gourd slices are fried to the crisp, keep them aside.

  4. Heat some oil in a pressure cooker. Temper it with some Panchphoron and a Bay leaf.

  5. Now, put in the veggies which has been cut. Give them a gentle stir for next 5-7 minutes. Add the fried Bitter Gourd and mix everything.

  6. Pour a cup of water and put on the lid. Let it whistle 4-5 times or till the veggies are soft and mushy.

  7. Open the lid and put it on medium heat. Mix the milk, ginger paste and sugar together. Pour this mix into the cooked vegetables. Stir it vigorously and mash a few pieces of veggies with the back of your spoon. The consistency should be that of a light gravy just covering the veggies, but not runny at all.

  8. Serve it hot with some roasted cumin powder and Ghee or Clarified Butter on the top.

Recipe Notes

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