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Shukto By Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi

Shukto

Shukto is a famous mixed vegetable dish from Bengal. Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi shares the recipe of this traditional Bengali dish.
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Serves

3

Cooking Time

10-20 Min

Meal Type

curry

Preparation Time

10-20 Min

Difficulty

MEDIUM

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INGREDIENTS

  • For Shukto

    • 1 cup soaked poppy seeds

    • 2-3 tbsp mustard seeds

    • 1 cup mustard oil

    • 1 cup diced eggplant

    • 1 tsp turmeric powder

    • salt to taste

    • 1 cup bitter gourd

    • 1 cup bori

    • 1 raw banana

    • 1 potato

    • 1 sweet potato

    • 1 drum stick

    • 1 radish

    • 1 sheem

    • 1 tsp mustard seeds

    • 1 tsp fennel seeds

    • 1 tsp cumin seeds

    • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds

    • 1 tsp Nigella seeds

    • 2 tbsp ginger paste

    • water as required

    • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

    • salt to taste

    • 2 cups milk

    • 1 tsp sugar

PREPARATION

  1. 1

    Grind together the soaked poppy seeds and mustard seeds in a mixer.
  2. 2

    Heat mustard oil in a kadhai.
  3. 3

    Add turmeric powder and salt to the diced eggplant and fry them in the mustard oil. Remove on a plate.
  4. 4

    Similarly, fry bitter gourd, bori, raw banana, potato, sweet potato, drum stick, radish and sheem and remove on a plate.
  5. 5

    In the same kadhai, add mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, Nigella seeds, and ginger paste.
  6. 6

    Add water to the poppy seeds and mustard seeds paste and pour it in the kadhai.
  7. 7

    Add turmeric powder, salt, fried vegetables, milk, and sugar to the kadhai, mix well and cook on a high flame for some time.
  8. 8

    Shukto is ready to serve.

Shukto is a popular mixed vegetable dish from Bengal. This dish contains several vegetables but bitter gourd (karela) is its main ingredient. It has several other vegetables like eggplant, radish, sweet potato etc. giving this dish a bitter-sweet taste.

Shukto is nutritious as it is full of vitamins due to the presence of a variety vegetables. It is soothing too, especially during the intense heat of summer. The vegetables are cooked in mustard oil which gives this dish a distinct flavour.

The colourful and flavourful Shukto is a feast for eyes and for stomach.

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