how to make delicious Bengali shukto

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Last Updated May 27, 2023

how to make delicious Bengali shuktohow to make delicious Bengali shukto

This is a healthy, less spicy,traditional, mixed seasonal vegetable recipe with bitter gourd and Bori / Vadi /lentil dumplings. Bitter gourd and bori are fried and then simmered in a medium thick gravy made with all seasonal vegetables i.e. brinjal, drum stick, raw banana, potatoes and ginger and finished in a warm, cumin, fenugreek flavored sauce ;this is  how to make delicious Bengali shukto/traditional Bengali mix veg curry.

Author: Abhijit Mukhopadhyay
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bengali
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3-4 Persons


  • Potatoes cut in 1 inch pcs -2
  • Bitter Gourd or karela sliced cut in 1 inch lengthwise size
  • Raw banana/ kanchkola cut in 1 inch lengthwise-1
  • Brinjal cut in 1 inch pcs -1 medium size
  • Raw papaya-1/2(cut in 1 inch lengthwise)
  • drumsticks cut in 1 inch size -2
  • Bori / lentil dumplings -15-20
  • Ginger Paste -1tsp
  • Bay Leaf  -2
  • Whole Dry Red Chili -1
  • roasted coriander powder-1/2 tsp
  • panch phoron-1/2 t spoon  (It comprises mouri (fennel seeds), methi (fenugreek seeds), kaalo jeere (black cumin  seeds), zeera(cumin seeds), and a typically Bengali spice, called radhuni)
  • Shukto masala -1tsp(roasted panch phoron and mustard powder)
  • Ghee -1tsp
  • Mustard oil -2tsp
  • sugar -1tsp
  • salt (to taste)

how to make delicious Bengali shukto

  • Fry bitter gourd and bori separately and keep aside. 
  • Heat oil and add panch phoron , whole dry red chilies and the bay leaves for tempering.
  • As they splutter and sizzle add all the vegetables and sauté for two minutes. Then add ginger paste, shukto masala & salt cover and shallow fry the vegetables for 3 mins. Add a cup of water and cover the lid and allow it to cook for another 10 minutes over low-medium heat.
  • how to make delicious Bengali shukto
  • Open the lid and add fried bitter gourd and bori and cook for 2 minutes.

    how to make delicious Bengali shukto
  • Now turn off the burner, sprinkle ghee and roasted coriander powder.
  • Serve hot with steam rice.

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