Bengali cuisine is dubbed as a collection of delicious sweet recipes as well as fish & meat recipes. Bengolies mostly love to eat with scores of spices they use to prepare food daily, so its really important to have something less spicy food to nullify the effect of all the rich food.
The most light and less spicy food is Shukto. A bengoli lunch is never complete without shako. Shako is a traditional bengoli dish , typically a vegetable stew with a heady mix of selected vegetables. Bengolies always treat shukto as a special dish and they have it on almost every occasion like marriages, birthday parties, Arnnaprasan etc.
There are many variation of shukto, as it totally depend on the availability of vegetables. You can’t have a Shukto which is not mildly bitter. Without the tangy bitter taste of shukto is tasteless. And the battiness of this dish comes from bitter gourd. Shukto can’t be prepared without Bitter gourd (ucche). This is a vegetable who add their signature taste to Shukto. While Bori (urad dal dumplings) add a unique crunchy bite to this dish.
This is a dish with a hint of bitterness yet so flavorful. The best part is, the bitterness can be balanced to one’s own taste..This dish is the perfect balance of bitter, sweet and savory. This dish is very sophisticated this is a unique dish be mopped clean with plain hot rice.
It derives its distinct flavor from the spices used for making this dish. The whole spices, which is known as panch phoran is made by mixing Mustard seed, Cumin seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Nigella seeds and Fennel seeds in equal quantity.
This dish is incredibly enough to satisfy a person fully. This dish is very interesting which doesn’t contain turmeric, onion garlic, chili or any sour ingredient. But I personally like to temper it with few red chilies. But it’s not compulsory.
Lot of thing I have written about Shukto. Lot of ingredients with lot of spices. But I am assuring you none of the ingredient have overpowered each other. Try this unique traditional dish 7 which will make your lunch more delightful and favorable.