Shukto is a popular Bengali dish which is served as a first course in a Bengali Platter.It is basically a mixed vegetable curry which contains potato, brinjal, bitter gourd, green plantain as its main ingredients. Apart from this you can also add sweet potato, papaya, rich gourd, drum sticks, etc.
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Yield / Serves
Bitter Gourd â€“ 100 gm
Brinjal â€“ 100 gm
Potato â€“ 100 gm
Green Plantain - 100 gm
Drumstick - 2
Bori (Urad dal dumplings - urad dal soaked, make paste and put in the shape of dumplings and sundried) - 7 to 8 nos
Green Chilli - 2 to 3
Ginger paste â€“ 1 teaspoon
Mustard Paste â€“ 11/2 teaspoon
Cumin powder â€“ 2 teaspoon
Radhuni - 1 teaspoon
Milk â€“ Â½ cup
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Mustard oil â€“ 1/4 cup
Dry Red Chilli â€“ 1 or 2
Salt to taste
Panch Phoron powder (Panch Phoron contains fennel seeds, fenugreek, cumin, nigella seeds, radhuni) (Dry roast and grind in mortar & pestle) - 1 teaspoon
Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Cut all the vegetables in elongated manner and make pieces of drumsticks.
We use â€œBoriâ€ in shukto. Bori is nothing but dumplings made of urad dal paste which is sun dried and used in curry after frying.
Now heat oil in a pan and fry each vegetable separately with salt.
After that, put all the fried vegetables together and add ginger paste, cumin powder,sugar and green chilli.
Stir well, then add water and cover the pan with a lid until all the vegetables are well cooked.
Now take oil in another pan and season with radhuni seeds or panch phoron & dry red chilli. Add mustard paste and saute it.
Now pour the boiled vegetable soup & fried dumplings into it and let it boil for 2 minutes.
Finally add milk and slower the flame.
Switch off the gas and add ghee & panch phoron powder. Serve this curry with plain rice.
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