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Sukto – A Bengali Vegetarian Recipe

Updated on July 15, 2011

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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      sk130 5 years ago

      good & higenic enjoyed very interesting.

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks GALAXY for your interest in Indian cuisine and for your reading and commenting on my hub!

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      GALAXY 59 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Tasty sounding recipe, I'll give it a go at the weekend. My family and I love Indian food and this looks to be a great addition.

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thank you prasetio30 for your good words and also for your interest in Indian recipe!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I really enjoy your recipes. I found something healthy inside the ingredients. I love it. Thanks for share with us.


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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks Tkumah for your interest in Indian recipe! And you are absolutely right, the bitterness of the bitter gourd subsides with the use of mustard paste and poppy seed paste and overall taste become fantastic!

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      Tkumah 7 years ago

      I wonder what it taste like? You know, spices are the magic of cooking and this bitter Gourd has mustard and poppy seeds in a paste form. I kind of think that it is key as well as the other combo of Feungreek and bay leaf.

      It can turn magically delicious.

      Great cooking and thank you for sharing.

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      cupid51 7 years ago from INDIA

      Thanks always exploring for your interest in Indian recipe. This is a purely veg recipe and Bengalis start their meal with this.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The egg receipt sounds good, Thank,s for sharing

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