Bengali Shukto

Bengali Shukto

Shukto is a must on any festive Bengali dinner menu. It has a slight bitterness balanced with sugar. If you are not up for this, try a Panch Phoron recipe from our website. Panch Phoron is a Bengali five-spice blend. It's always used whole. The seeds are fried in oil until they pop and release their aromatic flavor.
Cuisine Bengali
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 large potato
  • 1 large turnip see notes
  • 1 medium zucchini or squash
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 cup milk
  • oil
  • sugar
  • salt and pepper

Optional

  • 1 lb chicken thighs or breast cut into 1-inch pieces

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice recommended: Basmati
  • flat bread naan or chapati

Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Panch Phoron Cumin, fennel, fenugreek, brown and yellow mustard, nigella
  • [2] Yellow and brown mustard, ajowan, bay leaves

Instructions
 

Rice

  • If using rice, cook rice according to package instructions.

Prepare

  • Cut all vegetables into bite-size pieces.

Fry

  • In a large PAN, heat 6 tbsp oil.
  • Add Shukto [1] spices and ginger. Stir-fry 30 seconds until seeds start to pop.
  • Optional: Add chicken and salt to taste. Fry until all sides turn slightly brown.
  • Add potato, turnip, and salt to taste. Fry until they turn slightly brown.
  • Add all remaining vegetables and salt to taste. Fry until they turn slightly brown.

Cook

  • In a small CUP, dissolve Shukto [2] spices in 2 tbsp of water.
  • Add this spice paste and 1 cup of milk to the PAN. Cover. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium-low.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes until vegetables and optional chicken are cooked.
  • Add 1-3 tsp sugar to taste.
  • Serve with rice or bread. Enjoy!

Notes

Variation:

Substitute turnip with daikon or 1 bunch radish.
Substitute one of the vegetables with 1 plantain or 1 sweet potato.
 
Keyword nigella, panch phoron