Shukto Recipe - Bengali Mixed Vegetable in Mustard and Poppy Seed Gravy
Shukto Recipe - Bengali Mixed Vegetable in Mustard and Poppy Seed Gravy is a delightful recipe of mixed vegetables that is cooked in a mustard and poppy seed masala that you can serve along with Puri and Bengali Cholar Dal.
The Shukto Recipe is delightful recipe of mixed vegetables that is cooked in a mustard and poppy seed masala, panch phoran and milk. This dish has a very strong taste of mustard and can be an acquired taste. One of the core vegetables that are added to this is the bitter gourd, along with raw banana, potatoes, carrot and drumstick. You can of course add your own choice of vegetables, and experiment with this dish.
If you like Bengali Cuisine, here are a few other recipes you can try
- Aloo Parwal Sabzi Recipe (A Classic Bengali Dish)
- Bengali Bhog Khichuri Recipe (Bengali Khichdi)
- Kanchakalar Khosha Bata | A Traditional Bengali Raw Banana Peel Chutney
- 1 Karela (Bitter Gourd/ Pavakkai) , small diced
- 1 Raw Banana , peeled and diced
- 1 Carrot (Gajjar) , peeled and diced
- 1 Potato (Aloo) , peeled and diced
- 1 Ridge Gourd (Turai/ Peerkangai) , peeled and diced
- 1 Drumstick , cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon Panch Phoran Masala
- 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons Poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- Salt , to taste
- 2 teaspoons Mustard oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
- 1 inch Ginger , grated
- 2 Green Chillies , slit
- 2 Dry Red Chillies , broken
How to make Shukto Recipe - Bengali Mixed Vegetable in Mustard and Poppy Seed Gravy
To begin making the Shukto Recipe, first prepare all the vegetables and the ingredients and keep aside.
Place all the vegetables including karela, raw banana, carrot, potato, ridge gourd, drumstick in the pressure cooker, sprinkle a little salt, 1/4 cup of water and cook for 3 to 4 whitles. After 3 to 4 whistles, turn off the heat and let the pressure release immediatlely by placing the cooker under running cold water. Open the lid and keep aside.
Make a paste of 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds and 2 teaspoon of poppy seeds along with 1 ot 2 tablespoons of water.
Heat mustard oil in a pan, add the ginger, bay leaf, green chillies, red chillies and stir fry for a few seconds.
Next, add the turmeric powder, the poppy seed and mustard seed paste, the cooked vegetables, milk, salt and sugar. Stir well, add 1/4 cup of water and give the Shukto mixture a brisk boil.
The Shukto will thicken as it is boiling and you can adjust the consistency by adding water or milk. Check the taste and adjust the salt accordingly.