Kathal- Biryani or Jack-fruit Biryani, the not so popular biryani in the biryani-series like Chicken or Mutton Biryani, but I must say Kathal-Biryani is an equally delicious vegan version of non-veg biryani.
You all know cooking a perfect biryani involves so much expertise. It should be perfect in flavor, color & texture. Although this rule applies to every delicacy, however biryani as one of the exceptions, goes through so delicate at the same time intricate method of cooking like Dum-cooking that obtaining “The Perfect Biryani” seems like a great triumph, may not be for professionals but at least for an amateur cook like me.
First time when I had got my by far best mutton biryani after trying several times, I had shared with you all here. It made me felt so nice.
This time also, while preparing Kathal-Biryani I tried to take in consideration all the essentials of Biryani and the result is in fore. This time also trying things simpler and easy, I have followed same method of cooking I used for Mutton Biryani. As you may know the two kinds of biryani on the basis of their cooking method- Kachchi/Kacchi-Biryani and Pakki Biryani. In Kacchi Biryani, rice and other key ingredient like mutton/chicken/ jackfruits are cooked simultaneously in Dum while in Pakki Biryani both ingredients are partially or wholly cooked separately and then after combined to get cooked together for a while. If you’d like to challenge yourself to test your cooking skills Kacchi Biryani is best option, where one key ingredient may get overcooked and other under cooked and vice versa, sometimes. But once you get expertise you’ll have no probs. The other one is Pakki biryani where Key ingredient like Jack-fruit/mutton is cooked before rice and jackfruit/mutton are kept under Dum-cooking. This one is best for me, doing things on safer and simpler,easy peasy, no fuss! But the day I get my Kacchi Biryani I’ll be too prompt to share here.
So let me just quickly remind you the essentials/features of a good Biryani I kept in mind for my first try with Jack-fruit Biryani. Though I had discussed earlier but no probs have a fresh look again for Jack-fruit Biryani.
1) Jack-fruit pieces must be marinated for right time no less, minimum is 1 hour and if possible leave it to get marinated 4-6hrs in refrigerator, so that it absorbs all flavors well. Longer the time of marinating, more enhancement in flavor. For Jackfruit 4-6 is more than sufficient.
2) Both jack-fruit pieces and rice should be rightly cooked in proper moisture; no undercooking or over-cooking of any of both.
3) While doing dum, there should be right amount of moisture to cook rice with just right bite, each grain separated at the same time the moisture right enough so that jack-fruit pieces don’t get burnt at bottom (so use heavy bottomed vessel).
I like Biryani too much be it Chicken or Mutton or mixed vegetables and now Kathal Biryani is a new addition to the list. You all also try it I am sure you’d like it if you are biryani lover.
So… what are you waiting for? Make your own scrumptious Kathal Biryani & for your help I am always here with its recipe, here it goes-
Time-Taken- For Preparation- 1 hr or more
For Cooking- 30 min
Category- Main- Course (Rice-side Dish)
Basmati Rice- 1¼ cup
Jack-fruit- 250 g Unripe/Raw or Semi-ripe unsweetened (Peeled, cut in cubes, with seeds and pods intact)
Yogurt- ¾ cup
Coriander Powder-2 generous tsp
Red chilli Powder- 2 generous tsp
Turmeric- 1/8 tsp
Garam masala Powder- 1½ tsp
Roasted Cumin Powder- 1 generous tsp
Fried Onions- 1 tbsp
Salt- a pinch or two
Whole Spices used in Parboiling Rice
Green Cardamoms- 7
Cinnamon sticks- 1.5 inch (torn in 2)
Black Cardamom- 1
Salt- 2 pinch
Into the Vessel for Biryani
Oil/Butter- 1.5 tbsp
Onion- 1 medium (sliced)
Ginger Paste- 1½ tbsp
Garlic Paste- ¾ tbsp
Desi Ghee/Butter- 1 tbsp
Saffron- 5-6 strands
Milk- ¼ cup
Coriander leaves- 2 tbsp+ for Garnish
Mint leaves- 2 tbsp+ for garnish
Roasted Cashew nuts- 10-12 + for garnish
Fried Onions- 1.5 tbsp
Salt- ¾ tsp
Steps to follow-
- Deep fry the cubed jack-fruit pieces until they start browning (no need to brown much). Drain them on a kitchen towel & set aside.
- Take all the ingredients under “For Marination’ in a bowl and throw in fried jack-fruit pieces. Mix all of them well with marinating ingredients for 1 hr minimum or more if possible in refrigerator.
- Meanwhile parboil rice with all the whole spices and some salt mentioned under “Whole Spices for Parboiling Rice” (Don’t cook it for getting ¾ done, just cook till it starts boiling and gets ¼ or half done because sometimes there are chances of its overcooking when gets cooked under dum/steam). Drain it (don’t discard whole spices) and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a thick bottomed deep vessel or pressure cooker; put in sliced onions, and when they start caramelizing add in ginger- garlic paste. Sauté it for a while.
- Now add in marinated jack-fruit along with marinade.
- Stir cook for few minutes and then add around ¾ cup of water to let it cook closed until jack-fruits get tender coating all spices. (In pressure cooker, cook for 3 whistles).
- Now add fried onions, coriander leaves and mint leaves in layer over jack-fruit pieces, followed by layer of parboiled rice & finally top it with some more coriander and mint leaves along with roasted cashew nuts , clarified butter/desi ghee, sprinkle of salt and saffron dissolved milk.
- Add around 1 cup of water to moisten the rice and cook lid closed under dum/steam for 10-12 min (3-4 min on high flame and then 7-8 min on low flame). (You can dum by sealing the joining edges of lid & vessel with dough & let it cook for 10-12 min). If cooking in pressure cooker, then let it cook for 1 whistle on high flame and then let it simmer on very low flame for 8-10 min more.
- Turn off flame, take out and plate up garnished with roasted cashew nuts, coriander and mint. Relish with your choice of Raita.
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