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Kathal ki biryani

Kathal ki biryani is my guru Sanjeev Kapoors invention.I adapted his recipe and modified as per my needs.This is a killer biryani.It came out  so well ,I just want to prepare it again and again.Our house was filled with the aroma of spices when the preparation was on.My husband was out of station,as it is he is simply a amchi food fan,so I got an opportunity to prepare this awesome biryani which was in my list long back.My sister prepares this often and I had tasted it at her place.I have made major changes in the recipe. Kathal means  raw Jackfruit.Jackfruit season has already begun and we are getting showered with the fresh jack crop from our relatives.We too have a tree at our factory and our house ofcourse.We prepare lots  of Amchi delicacies  with the fruit.The list is endless.Stay tuned for more Jack recipes.

Ingredients for the rice:
Basmathi rice-1 ½ cups
Bay leaf-2
Onions-2,slit lengthwise
Ghee for the rice-1 tbsp
Water-3 cups
Salt-to taste

Ingredients for the gravy:
Unripe jackfruit-1/2 kg, cut into chunks
Onions-2,slit lengthwise         
Coriander powder-2 tsp

Roasted Cumin powder-1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste-2 tsp
Tomato sauce-4 tsp(or 3 medium tomatoes)
Garam masala powder-1 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder-1 tsp
Yogurt-1 cup (fresh and whisked)
Oil-for deep frying
Ghee or oil -2 tbsp(I used ghee)
Salt-to taste
Coriander leaves-few to garnish(2 tsp)
Mint leaves-few to garnish(2 tsp)

Ingredients for the garnish:
Saffron – few strands,soaked in 2 tsp milk
Brown onions-1 cup
Coriander leaves-2 tbsp.fresh and chopped
Mint leaves-2 tbsp.fresh and chopped

Method for rice:
  1. Soak the rice in 3 cups of water for half an hour, drain it and keep it aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a cooker,fry onions until translucent,add in the whole spices, Cashewnuts and saute for a minute.
  3. Add the rice,salt to taste and water.
  4. Take exactly one whistle and off the flame,once the pressure releases open the lid and gently separate the grains with a spatula.

Method for the gravy:
  1. Grease a knife with oil and cut the jackfruit into one and half inch chunks,wash it thoroughly and drain the water completely,apply salt and keep it aside.
  2. Heat the oil and deep fry the  Jack chunks until crisp and light,drain and set aside.
  3. In a separate pan heat ghee and fry onions for sometime.
  4. Add in the ginger garlic paste and  all the powders one by one by lowering the flame and saute it.
  5. Add in the tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes and saute for few more minutes.
  6. Last but not the least  add curds and cook unitl the gravy gets dry.
  7. Lastly add,fried jack and  cashew paste and cook for few seconds and garnish with mint and coriander leaves.

To assemble:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C/400 deg F for 10 minutes.
  2. Take a large borosil dish or a oven proof dish arrange a layer of rice,sprinkle saffron milk,add the curry,garnish with brown onions ,coriander and mint leaves.
  3. Repeat the same procedure ,where the final layer should be of rice,garnish with remaining brown onions ,saffron milk,coriander and mint leaves.
  4. I just did one layer,rice,curry and rice,that’s it.
  5. Cover the dish with an aluminium foil and cook in the oven for about 20 -25 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with raita.
  7. If you are giving dum in a microwave you may cover the biryani with cling film.

About SaiGeetha Pai

I am Saigeetha, a homemaker, food blogger, baker and a cook. Cooking is my passion.


  1. wow what a lovely biryani 🙂 so good

  2. Wow briyani looks so delicious….I love raw jackfruit….mom makes gravy n poriyal…would try when I get hold of this sometime….

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