Sukto – A Bengali Vegetarian Recipe
Sukto is a traditional Bengali dish served as the first item in a main meal. Bengali people tell that whatever item you eat after sukto would taste better because the taste of sukto is somewhat bitter. The main ingredient of sukto is bitter guard or Uchche which is bitter in taste. But bitter guard is rich in vitamins and mineral and also known as an herbal remedy of diabetes. In spite of its bitter taste almost all Bengali people really love this dish.
- Bitter Gourd 1 medium
- Ridge Gourd (Jhinge) 1
- Brinjal (Begun or eggplant) 1
- Raw Cooking Banana 1
- String Beans 10
- Potato 1
- Vadi or Bari or Badi (lentil is grinded then made small nuggets and dried) - 10
- Fenugreek seeds 1 tsp
- Bay Leaves 2
- Asafetida Powder (Hing) a pinch
- Mustard seeds
- Poppy Seeds 1 tbsp
- Ginger Paste 1 tsp
- Milk – 1/2 cup
- Salt to taste
- Ghee 2 tbsp
- Soak mustard seed and poppy seed in water for 30 minutes and grind it to make a paste
- Chop all the vegetables to make medium size pieces
- Sauté all the vegetables and keep aside
- Fry the Vadis till they are brown and crispy and keep aside
- Put 2 tbsp ghee in a pan and put it on medium flame
- Add the fenugreek seed, bay leaves and the asafetida powder
- Sauté for a minute
- Add chopped vegetables
- Add mustard and poppy seed paste
- Add ginger paste
- Sauté for 5 minutes
- Add milk
- Put the lid and cook till the vegetables are done. No gravy is required for this dish so add water only if it is required.
- Finally add the fried Vadis
- Mix well and put off the flame
- Serve with rice as the first item of the meal
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