Shukto - Low Spiced Bitter Bengali Vegetable Dish - Healthy

“It is good way to eat veggies with low carb & low fat content. It is very popular dish in Bengal, goes with rice.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 50 g bitter melons (melon)
  • 100 g raw papayas, peeled
  • 2 pieces raw bananas, peeled
  • 100 g pumpkin, peeled
  • 100 g eggplants (aubergine)
  • 1 piece medium sized potato, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon panch phoron (equal part of Black mustard, fennel, fenugreek, nigella seeds & cumin)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seed paste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon rice bran or 1 tablespoon refined oil
  • 12 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • salt
  • 500 ml water


  1. Dice all vegetables in inch long pieces. wash & keep aside in water as raw banana turns black when in direct contact with air.
  2. Heat Oil in wok/pan. Add panch phoron. As soon as it splutters, add ginger paste. After a minute, add cumin powder. Add all vegetables, stir for 5 minutes. Add salt to taste & poppy seed paste. Stir and pour water. Bring to boil, sim and cover the pan slightly.
  3. Keep stirring & checking in between for vegetables to be cooked completely. As soon as the vegetables are done(test by taking a piece each and mash/slice with spoon wihtout any difficulty), add sugar. The gravy should not be very thick. Remove from gas oven and serve with rice(brown).

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