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Shukto - Mixed Vegetables

Shukto - Mixed Vegetables Traditional Bengali Recipes PRASADAM Shukto recipes- A bitter mixed vegetables dish Shukto, the bitter taste curry is a regional favorite of the people of Bengal, Orissa, and Assam taken generally as a starter item during the midday meal. From mythical Shiva (in the narrative poems of Annadamangal) requested Devi Annapurna to cook some dishes including “Shukuta” to the historical figure Shri Chaitanya, the medieval Bengali loved the Shukto. In Shukto the bitterness is rarely allowed to overpower the other flavors like sharpness of mustard paste, poppy seeds, and slight bitterness of sesame seeds, and flavors of ghee too. (see more traditional Bengali bitter recipes). By Bengali Dutta
Published: December 19, 2013
Tips: The rich taste behind every Bengali dish depends upon the different tempering techniques. Shukto - Mixed Vegetables recipe Shukto recipe #1 (A regular dish) Ingredients for 4:
Ucche - উচ্ছে (bitter melons) 2 medium
Aloo - আলু (potato) …

Spice Box

Spice An intelligent selection of spices for Indian cuisine can give exact flavor and taste in any regional recipes, a novice approach also can create any dish with a true distinction. Many dishes from the eastern region of India are not generally highly spiced. A wise handling of spices in a less amount balanced with salt, pepper  - green and red chilli as well as peppercorn with a dash of sugar can spread a five-course delicious meal. Older days in Bengal, spices were used to store in separate earthen pot wrapped in muslin cloth.  There were special corner of the kitchen or another room in the house called bharar ghor - ভাড়ার ঘর (store room) a cool and dark place. Now today, I chose to store my spice mixes in a box with small zip-lock pouches, labeled, inside my freezer. Believe me, I also help myself with easy food like these busy days and world, but like me foodie my spice gives me satisfaction on the table with house full of aroma.