Sukto Recipe

Sukto Recipe

Sukto Recipe

Sukto is a Bengali mixed vegetarian delicacy, prepared using a variety of assorted vegetables cooked in a special spice mixture. This dish is regarded as the favourite Bengali palate cleanser, and contains at least one bitter vegetable among several others. This bittersweet symphony of a dish is simmered with a hint of sugar  and milk, which helps in channeling the bitter essence of the fresh vegetables. Sukto is one of the more complex dishes of Bengali cuisine, and requires quite a bit of patience. So do not be disheartened if you are not able to nail it in the first try. It combines a variety of different textures and flavours to create a finely balanced masterpiece, and is usually eaten during summers. Sukto tastes amazing with warm rice, and should be consumed after it has slightly cooled down.

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How to make Sukto Recipe


Raw papaya (papita) 100 grams
Raw banana (kanchkala) 1
Bitter groud (karela) 1 medium size
Radish (Muli) ½
Flat Beans (Sem) 5-6
Potato (aloo) 1 medium
Egg plant  (baigan) 1 medium
Drumsticks (sahjan) 4-5
Beans (phali) 5-6
Mustard oil  (sarso ka tel) 1 tea spoon
5 spices (panch phoran) ½ tea spoon
Clarified butter (ghee) 1 tea spoon
Sugar (chini)  ½ tea spoon
Salt (namak) To taste
Randhuni 1 tea spoon
Milk (doodh) 1 cup

For Wet Spices

Mustard seed 3 tea spoons
Ginger (adrakh) paste 3 tea spoons
Cumin (jeera)  seeds 1/2 tea spoon


  • 1. Cut bitter gourd in slices and marinate them in little bit of turmeric powder and salt. Leave it aside for half an hour.
  • 2. Cut all other vegetables in equal proportion in length and keep them separately.
  • 3. Lightly roast panch phoran (mustard seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, carom seeds and cumin seeds) in a motor and pestle and make a smooth powder of it and keep aside.
  • 4. Make a paste of mustard seeds, cumin seeds and ginger and keep aside.
  • 5. Grind 1 table spoon of randhuni in a grinder and keep aside.
  • 6. Heat oil in a pan and fry the bitter gourd and eggplant lightly and keep in a dish.
  • 7. Lightly fry other vegetables also and keep them aside.
  • 8. Fry the bori and take it out in a bowl.
  • 9. Now add bay leaf and randhuni in oil and stir it and then add the prepared paste of mustard, cumin and ginger.
  • 10. Stir it for 3-4 minutes and add randhuni paste and stir it.
  • 11. Then add all other vegetables except brinjal and bitter gourd. Add salt and sugar and mix it.
  • 12. Cook for 3-4 minutes, add 2 cups of water and cook it for sometimes and now add fried brinjal and bitter gourd.
  • 13. Add a cup of milk and boil it for 5-7 minutes.
  • 14. Then add bodi and cook till becomes soft.
  • 15. Then add clarified butter and sugar and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • 16. Take it off from flame and then lastly sprinkle the Panch foran powder and mix well.
  • 17. Let it cool a bit and serve with warm cooked rice. (shukto is eaten when it’s not hot but and at room temperature.)


  • 1. Randhuni is a bengali spices, usually available in all departmental stores. If it is not available it can be replaced with panch phoran.
  • 2. Shukto is eaten when it’s not hot but and at room temperature.

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