Bengali Sukto Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Curry
Sukto is a vegetable medley prepared in Bengali household. It consists an array of vegetables and badi cooked with Bengali spices. You can serve it with Cholar Dal and Phulka for an everyday meal.
Sukto is a vegetable medley prepared in Bengali household. It consists an array of vegetables. Bitter gourd is the main ingredient of this dish and the other vegetables in this recipe are pumpkin, plantain, sweet potato, ridge gourd, drumsticks, eggplant and raw papaya.
Dried lentil dumplings (badi) is also a important ingredients for making sukto. It tempers with a spice called radhuni, it can be substitute with dill seeds.
If both are unavailable then methi seeds can be used. Poppy seed paste and mustard paste are used along with milk and ghee, but in sukto we never use green chilies. It is an authentic Bengali dish and it is served only at lunch time as a first item in menu with hot steamed rice.
If you like this recipe, you can also try other Bengali Recipes such as
- 1 Karela (Bitter Gourd/ Pavakkai) , sliced
- 1 Sweet Potato , julienne
- 1 cup Brinjal (Baingan / Eggplant) , diced
- 1 cup Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , diced
- 2 Drumstick , cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup Raw papaya , diced
- 1/2 cup Ridge Gourd (Turai/ Peerkangai) , diced
- Badi (wadi) , as required
- 1 cup Plantain Stem , julienne
- 1 tablespoon Mustard seeds , paste
- 2 tablespoon Poppy seeds , paste
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
- 1 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
- 1 Dry Red Chilli
- 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
- 1 tablespoon Ginger , paste
- 1 tablespoon Ghee
- Mustard oil , as required
- Salt , for seasoning
How to make Bengali Sukto Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Curry
To begin making the Sukto Recipe, in a frying pan heat mustard oil. Fry badi/dried lentil dumplings until it turns light brown in colour. In same oil fry bitter gourd slices until crispy. Drain in a paper towel and keep aside.
Add 1 tablespoon more oil on frying pan and heat it up, then roast red chilli, bay leaf and methi seeds. After it starts crackling add all vegetables including sweet potato, brinjal, kaddu, drumstick, raw papaya, plantian stem and ridge gourd.
Cook for about 2 minutes, add salt and turmeric powder. Cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
Add poppy seed paste, mustard seeds paste and fry for 5 minutes. Add cumin powder and sugar. Add 1 cup of water, then covered and cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are well cooked.
After 15 minutes add crispy bitter gourd slices and badi. Let it cook for about a minute.
After a minute, add the ginger paste. Cook for 5 minutes, then add ghee and milk. Let it boil, as it start boiling, switch of the gas. Sukto is ready, cool it before serving. It tastes best when it is cold and served with steamed rice.
Bengali Sukto Recipe - Mixed Vegetable Curry is part of the Beat The Heat With Summer Vegetables