Bengali Shukto | Bengalil Mixed Vegetable Curry

Born and Brought up in Rourkela, Orissa, I had many Bengali neighbours and friends . That is when I was introduced to shukto. It is very much similar to Oriya Ghanta or Pariba Besara but the addition of bitter gourd and poppy seeds is what makes it unique and that is how it gets its unique taste. Try it out friends and get surprised as this is one such dish which tastes very different from what you can think of when you scroll down to look at the ingredients. This is one of those dishes which cannot be described in words.

What You Need:

1 Raddish Cut into Small Cubes 2
2 Eggplant Cut into Small Cubes 1
3 Bitter Gourd Cut into Small Cubes 1
4 Potatoes Peeled and Cut into Small Cubes 1
5 Zuchini Cut into medium cubes 1
6 Beans Cut into 1 inch long piece 41927
7 Raw Banana Cut into Small Pieces 2
8 Carrots cut into small cubes 2
9 Parwal Cut into Small Cubes 5 to 6 (I didn’t have any so skipped)
10 Poppy Seeds 2 tbsp
11 Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
12 Coconut (optional, not added traditionally) 2 tbsp
12 Green Chili 5 to 6 medium spicy ones
13 Salt To Taste
14 Sugar To Taste
15 Dry Chili 2
16 Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
17 Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
18 Fenugreek Seeds 1/4 tsp
19 Fennel Seeds 1/4 tsp

20 Kalonji or Onion Seeds 1/4 tsp

Steps To Make:

Soak Poppy Seeds in a half cup of hot water for 15 minutes.
Grind to a smooth paste along with mustard seeds, green chilies and coconut.
Add little water if required.
Heat mustard oil on high till smoking point.
Reduce flame and add dry red chili, all the seeds also know as panch phutan.
Add the bitter gourd pieces and fry for a minute.
Add rest of the vegetables and mix well.
Add turmeric powder, the poppy seed paste and mix well.
Add water if required.
Cover and cook till vegetables are well cooked.
Serve with mango sweet pickle and rice.

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