Shukto - Bengali

Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 15 minutes
Yield: 4 loaf
Cuisine: bengali
Type : VEG

About Recipe

A common and a mandatory course in a typical Bengali meal. A meal is incomplete without "shukto" on the plate. The way a course ends with sweet or desserts, a meal has to begin with "shukto".


  • Rich in protein,
  • Rich in carbohydrates,
  • Rich in minerals,
  • Controls diabetes.


  • ¾ cup of bitter gourd, seeds removed and chopped,
  • ½ cup of pumpkin , seeds and skin removed; chopped,
  • 3-4 drumsticks, scaled and chopped to smaller pieces,
  • 1 unripe banana de skinned and chopped into pieces,
  • 1 cup of warm milk,
  • 1 teaspoon of panchforon ( a traditional spice used in Bengali cuisine consist of fenugreek, nigella, cumin, black mustard and fennel seeds),
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste,
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder,
  • 1 teaspoon of salt,
  • 1 teaspoon of ghee,
  • Mustard oil for frying.


  1. The veggies – bitter gourd, pumpkin, drumsticks and banana should be boiled and the water drained. The vegetable stock can be kept for usage.
  2. Heat mustard oil in a container and add ginger paste to it. Add panchforon (5 spices) and blister for some time.
  3. Add the vegetable and cook for some time. Add the salt and turmeric powder to it. Add the vegetable stock.
  4. Add the milk and cook for some time. Add ghee to it and then put off the burner.
Its ready to be served with steaming rice.