Thursday, July 04, 2013

Stir Fried Bitter Melon with 5 Vegetables - Shukto

2 Chinese bitter melons or 3 ucchay, deseeded and chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 russet potato, peeled and chopped
1 daikon radish, peeled and chopped
2 Oriental eggplants, chopped and tossed with salt

4 Tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. radhuni (wild celery seeds)
2 tej pata (bay leaves)
2 tsp. ginger paste
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. roasted panch phoron powder (Bengali 5-Spice)
sliced green chillies
1/4 tsp. sugar


  1. Heat oil in a pan and sputter radhuni and tej pata.
  2. Add radish, sweet & russet potatoes, salt and ginger paste.
  3. Stir well and cook over medium heat until vegetables are partly cooked.
  4. Add karela and salted eggplant, stir well, cover and cook until vegetables are soft.
  5. Make a slurry with the flour and milk. 
  6. Add sugar & green chilies to vegetables along with the slurry and stir.
  7. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and garnish with ghee and panch phoron powder.