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Shukto

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Sukto is a unique Bengali preparation, which includes karela or bitter gourd. Different types of vegetables are used in this dish and that is why, it is very nutritious too. The most essential vegetables used in Sukto are, bitter gourd, eggplant, papaya, plantain etc. To make it more special, drumstick, radish etc are used sometimes. It is really a treat to your appetite.
Ingredients
  Bitter gourd 1 Medium, finely sliced
  Eggplant 1⁄2 Medium, 1-inch cubed
  Papaya 1⁄2 Small, 1-inch cubed
  Sweet potato 1 Small, 1-inch cubed
  Plantain 1 Small, 1-inch cubed
  Drumsticks 2 Medium, cut into 2-inches sticks
  Radish 2 Large, 1-inch cubed
  Panch phoron 1 Teaspoon (mixture of cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, anise seeds, mustard seeds and black cumin seeds)
  Bay leaf 2 Small
  Ginger paste 1 Tablespoon
  Mustard paste 1 Tablespoon
  Poppy seed paste 1 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Ghee 1 Tablespoon (Optional)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Wash the vegetables and cut as per the direction.

MAKING
2) In a skillet, add oil to heat.
3) When the oil is sufficiently hot, add the Panch Foron and Bay leaves to sauté for 1 minute.
4) Add the karela and sauté them over medium heat until turning to brown.
5) Add rest of the vegetables and thoroughly stir-fry them for 5-7 minutes.
6) Add the ginger paste and combine thoroughly with the vegetables.
7) Pour in water to cover all the vegetables.
8) Increase heat and bring the water to a boil.
9) Adjust seasoning with salt and sugar.
10) Cover, and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.
11) In a bowl, dilute the mustard and poppy seed paste by adding little water.
12) Pour the diluted paste into the skillet and combine thoroughly.
13) Simmer for 2 more minutes while stirring the vegetables.
14) Transfer on a large bowl and add the ghee on top, if using.

SERVING
15) Serve with warm rice as a starter of authentic Bengali meal.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Side Dish
Taste: 
Bitter
Method: 
Simmering
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
The traditional Bengali meal is started with bitter tasted preparation and ends with dessert. Shukto is very popular preparation, in this respect. Even if it is prepared with bitter gourd, it is not that bitter. In fact, you are going to love the taste.

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