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Raw Jackfruit Pulav/ Kathal ka Pulao or Biryani

This is a delightfully tasty pulav or biryani made with raw jackfruit that has a meat like texture but is completely vegetarian.
Course One pot meal
Cuisine North Indian/ UP
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • ½ Kg jackfruit (chopped into squarish pieces sauteed in oil and salt
  • 2 cups Basmati rice washed and soaked in water for half an hour
  • For the rice:
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 pieces bay leaf 1 small cinnamon piece, 3-4 cloves, few peppercorns, 1-2mace
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the jackfruit:
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 10-15 black pepper
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 small stick cinnamon
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 mace
  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 2 tsp. each ginger and garlic paste
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. Kashmiri red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish

Instructions

  • Saute jackfruit pieces and keep aside.
  • Bring water to a boil for preparing basmati rice.
  • Add salt to it. When it comes to a rolling boil, add soaked rice along with all the spices and let it cook for about 8 minutes or till it is half cooked. It should not be completely cooked. Drain and keep aside.
  • Prepare the jackfruit masala by heating ghee in a wok. Add in the cumin seeds and other whole spices and saute for a couple of minutes. Now add the onions and cook till transparent. Add in the ginger-garlic paste and tomatoes and cook more till mushy. Add the sauteed jackfruit pieces and cook together for a few minutes. Add green chillies, turmeric powder, chilly powders, garam masala powder and salt and cook some more.
  • To assemble:
  • Take a thick bottomed pan and in the bottom layer spread out the jackfruit with the thick masala. Add some chopped coriander. Now add the layer of parboiled rice. Sprinkle some ghee all over the rice. Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves. Now close the top of the pan with a sealed lid.
  • Cook on low to medium flame for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Open the lid and mix the rice well with the jackfruit masala. Serve hot with raita. It is super delicious and tastes as good as any non-vegetarian biryani. Enjoy

Notes

You can add a few mint leaves and also fried onions to make this dish even closer to the non-veg biryani.
You can also serve with boiled egg if you so like.
To make it vegan, instead of ghee use mustard oil. It tastes equally good.