India | West Bengal


A specialty of West Bengal, Shukto, is a thin, soupy, and bitter sweet item. This is a vegetable curry made with bitter gourds and other vegetables and flavored with mustard seeds, nigella, fenugreek and cumin. This is a must in a Bengali full course lunch menu. It is usually eaten at the starting course of a Bengali fare and not eaten at night. The Bengalis believe that the bitterness of this item helps in purifying their blood.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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