Shukto Recipe—Bengali Appetizer of Stewed Vegetables—Bengali Special Lunch Recipe


Shukto: A wide array of mild, sometimes bitter, milky curries served for lunch just after shaak (greens) and before dal (lentils). It opens up the palate for the oncoming spicier courses. korola (bitter gourd) 50g brinjal 100g shojne data (drumsticks) 160g kachkola (unripe bananas) 150g sweet potato 120g, potato 100g sheem (flat beans) 100g kacha pepe (unripe papaya) 150g ginger paste 35g shorshe bata 25g (finely ground mustard: 30% mustard + 70% water) grated coconut 15g dal’er bori (sundried lentil dumplings) 10 pcs bay leaves 4 pcs; panch phoron ½ tsp maida ¼ tsp; milk 100g mix well sugar 22g; total salt 20g radhuni ½ tsp crush to powder ghee 10g cut potato into wedges (2cm wide) sweet potato: 4cm long, 2cm wide kachkola: 6cm long, 3cm wide sheem: trim ends and remove fibrous strands halve brinjal: 5cm long, 3cm wide korola: 4cm long, 2cm wide shojne data: strip off outer fibres don’t cut all the way through strip off remaining fibres 5cm sections keep working on one section at a time remove papaya seeds peel 5cm long, 3cm wide 5g salt; 600g water parboil on low heat for 15 minutes stir midway to steam evenly strain immediately to prevent veggies from cooking further reserve the water! heat 60g vegetable oil dal’er bori fry until golden (20 seconds) set aside korola fry on medium heat until golden (3 minutes) set aside kachkola 1g (½ tsp) salt fry until golden (4 minutes) set aside; add brinjal fry until golden (4 minutes) set aside bay leaves panch phoron ginger paste fry on low heat for a minute shorshe bata if pan dries out, add a splash of water from the vegetables add the potatoes first as they take longest to cook cover and cook on low heat (3 minutes) add rest of the boiled veggies kachkola; bori remaining salt (15g); sugar coconut water from boiled vegetables korola; brinjal mix gently so that veggies don’t break milk + maida mixture bubble on low heat until all vegetables are fully cooked (3 to 5 minutes) radhuni powder ghee turn off heat, cover, rest