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jackfruit biryani
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Jackfruit Biryani

Jackfruit biryani is a vegetarian take on Chicken biryani.For making it instantly, marinate the jackfruit and freeze it earlier in the week.Thaw & use as required.
Prep Time4 hrs
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: jackfruit biryani, kathal biryani, kathal ki biryani
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For marination:

  • 500 gms jackfruit pieces before peeled and diced
  • ½ cup yogurt/curd
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp each ginger,garlic and green chillies

For Biryani

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 big cardamom crushed
  • 2 small cardamom crushed
  • 1 tsp each ginger,garlic and green chillies
  • 2 cloves crushed
  • 2 -3 large onions finely sliced
  • ½ cup each fresh coriander,mint chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 7-8 saffron strands in 2 tbsp warm milk/water
  • 2 tbsp ghee optional
  • 2 cups basmati rice soaked in water for 30 mins
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • Salt as per taste

Instructions

  • Steam the jackfruit pieces for 15 mins or pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Mix the curd with spices and marinate the jackfruit. Keep it in the fridge for 4 hours/overnight.
  • Heat a pan with heavy bottom and add 2-3 tbsp oil.
  • Add the whole spices with cumin seeds.
  • Add Onion with ginger,garlic and chillies with little salt,let it cook on medium flame until golden brown.
  • Add the jackfruit pieces with the curd mix.Cook for 10 mins.
  • Add the chopped coriander and mint with remaining spice powders and salt.
  • Add half of coconut milk and let it cook.
  • Meanwhile, heat a pot with good 5-6 cups of water and salt.
  • Once its is boiling,add rice and let it cook for 7-8 minutes(or until its around 70% cooked).
  • Once the jackfruit is partially cooked(70%), start taking out the rice and stack it in the biryani pan.
  • Spread the ghee and saffron milk using a spoon on top of the rice.
  • Add remaining coconut milk on top of rice,this will help jackfruit to be more moist.
  • Cover the biryani pan/pot with a lid and add some heavy item(like 1kg flour/pressure cooker etc) on the lid.This will help you give the dum.
  • Let it cook on the lowest flame for 5 mins and then move the pan to cook at different places for 5 minutes at least 2-3 times i.e cook for 15-20 minutes at lowest flames, changing the position every 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, let the pan be covered for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and slowly mix the rice and jackfruit pieces,serve warm..