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Kathal Biryani

Kathal Biryani or Raw Jackfruit Biryani is a plant-based biryani which is cooked using raw jackfruit pieces along with varieties of spices and mix with the cooked basmati rice in layers.
Prep Time40 mins
Active Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Biryani Recipes, Jackfruit Recipes
Yield: 3
Author: Amrita


  • Heavy Bottom Pan


  • 2 cups Raw Jackfruit, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups Long grain rice (Basmati rice)
  • cups Onion, sliced
  • ½ cup Sliced onion, fried
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Paste
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Green Chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 Cinnamon Stick, 1 inch
  • 2 Cardamom
  • 2 Clove
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 Mace
  • few Black Peppercorn (Whole)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 tablespoon Milk
  • a pinch Saffron
  • 3-4 drops Food Coloring Agent (Red)
  • 3 tablespoon Ghee
  • 3-4 tablespoon Refined Oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and soak the rice for 20 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon of oil and fry the boiled jackfruit along with salt and a pinch of turmeric powder. Avoid stirring often, otherwise the jackfruit will loose its shape and will become mussy. After frying keep them aside. 
  • Drain the water and cook the rice along with whole spices (half of black peppercorn, 1 mace, 1 star anise, 1 clove, 1 cinnamon, 1 cardamom). Cook the rice till 85% and drain the water and spread it in a plate. Allow to cool and sprinkle salt on the rice.
  • In a heavy bottom pan, add 2 tablespoon of ghee and 2 tablespoon of oil and heat it. 
  • Next add the remaining whole spices and stir for few minutes.
  • Add sliced onions and keep stirring until they are translucent.
  • When onion becomes translucent, add ginger paste and garlic paste and cook for few minutes.
  • Now add all the dry spices, salt to taste and cook for few minutes.
  • Meanwhile beat the curd adding a pinch of turmeric powder and add into the masala and start stirring it immediately.
  • Now add the fried jackfruit pieces and mix with masala. Avoid stirring vigorously.
  • Soak a pinch of saffron in warm milk (1 tablespoon) and keep aside. Add food colouring agent in another tablespoon of milk and keep aside.
  • Take a heavy bottom vessel and grease it with ghee and add a part of jack fruitmasala at the bottom.
  • Add a layer of rice on top masala and also add fried onions and saffron milk (part of it) and milk with food colour (part of it).
  • Similarly,using remaining jackfruit masala and rice add layers. 
  • Finally, close the lid of the vessel tightly and keep it on low heat for 10 minutes. 
  • After that, fluff the rice using the fork because long grain rice might break. 
  • Serve hot Kathal biryani with curd or raita.


Fluff the rice using fork otherwise  the long grain rice will break.