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