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Shukto from Indian State West Bengal

Shukto is a popular vegetable dish in Bengali cuisine usually served with rice in the West Bengal state of India and in the neighbouring country Bangladesh. It has slightly bitter taste and is especially served in the banquets of Bengali social ceremonies like Annaprasana, Sraddhya or Bengali Wedding as a part of traditional Bengali thali.

The tradition of starting a meal by consuming bitters, considered to have a medicinal value, dates back to the ancient times and was promoted by the authors of Ayurveda. Shukto was consumed as a cooling agent in the hot and humid climates of the ancient kingdoms of undivided Bengal like Anga, Vanga and Kalinga. Shukto is also mentioned in Mangal-Kāvya, written during the medieval period and in the biographies of Sri Chaitanya.


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Shukto

Shukto
Shukto

Course : Side Dish

Cuisine : Indian

Prep time : 10 minutes

Process time : 10 minutes

Total time : 20 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Brinjal - 2

  • Bitter gourd - 2

  • Beans - 2

  • Potato - 1

  • Radish - 1

  • Coconut - 1/4 cup

  • Ginger - 1 inch

  • Poppy seeds - 1 tsp

  • Mustard seeds - 2 tsp

  • Bay leaf - 1

  • Milk - 1 cup

  • Sugar - 1 tsp

  • Salt - as per taste

  • Oil - 3 tsp

Instructions:

  1. In a mixer grinder, add coconut, poppy seeds, mustard seeds, ginger and grind to smooth paste and keep aside

  2. In a pan add oil, fry brinjal and bitter gourd until its half cooked, strain and keep aside

  3. In the same oil add mustard seeds and bay leaf, allow them to crackle

  4. Then add masala paste to it and sauté them until aromatic

  5. Add beans, potato, radish to it and mix

  6. Add milk and required water

  7. Add salt as per taste and sugar to it, mix and cook

  8. Now add fried brinjal and bitter gourd to it

  9. Cover and cook until its fully cooked

  10. Serve hot

Pictorial:

grind coconut, ginger, poppy seeds & mustard seeds to paste, keep aside
grind coconut, ginger, poppy seeds & mustard seeds to paste, keep aside

oil, brinjal & bitter gourd
oil, brinjal & bitter gourd

fry until half cooked
fry until half cooked

oil, mustard seeds & bay leaf
oil, mustard seeds & bay leaf

coconut paste
coconut paste

beans, potato & radish
beans, potato & radish

milk
milk

salt & sugar
salt & sugar

fried brinjal & bitter gourd
fried brinjal & bitter gourd

cook until its done and serve
cook until its done and serve
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