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Home Made Jackfruit / Kathal Biryani Recipe

Home Made Jackfruit / Kathal Biryani Recipe


Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

30 min

1 hour 15 min

Serves 2-3 people

It won't be wrong if I say, We all are just ardent biryani lovers. But vegetarians, somehow fall short of alternatives to this popular dish, when it comes to different types of vegetables and vegetarian ingredients. however, there are some meat alternative biryani recipes too and this jackfruit biryani recipe is one such easy and simple mutton biryani alternative.

Kathal or Jack fruit biryani is a unique and flavoured rice biryani recipe made with young jackfruit and biryani masala. it is often known as a meat substitute biryani specifically to the famous mutton biryani lovers for its striking similarities. Therefore, Unripe jackfruit is also known as vegetarian meat. When cooked it has a soft meat like texture. It is generally prepared during the early monsoon season of India, as young and tender jackfruit is easily available, during these days. Though not popular worldwide Jackfruit or Kathal biryani is is quite a delicacy in India.

Kathal or Jack fruit is a popular vegetable and enjoyed in many parts of India. It is a very good source of dietary fibre so a good option for vegetarians. It is also used as a fruit and to make exotic curries and pickle. They are also deep fried as chips. Jackfruit chips are popular in the southern parts of India.

This recipe of Jackfruit / Kathal biryani is like the way my mom makes biryani. Making biryani itself is time-consuming. So my Mom always cook/fry the jackfruit / kathal separately, and assemble it with the layers of rice. Once you assemble the layers, then you can microwave it in pre-heated oven.

Peeling jackfruit skin has always been an issue for me, so I always ask the vegetable vendor to peel it. My Mom is a pro at it although. :-) I chopped the jackfruit and kept the seeds aside. If the seeds are tender, you can add them to the biryani.

Please note, When chopping the jackfruit/ kathal, please apply oil on your palms, knife and the cutting board. It is not easy to remove the sticky substance present in Jackfruit/Kathal from your hands and other equipment. Applying oil makes the cleaning process a bit easy.

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  • 1/2 kilogram kathal /jackfruit, peeled, sliced and deep fried
  • 1 cup rice, almost cooked
  • 1 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Biryani Masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves, finely chopped- to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Salt as per taste


  1. Heat oil and add cumin seeds.
  2. Add the onions, garlic-ginger paste. Saute till golden brown.
  3. Add fried kathal, over low heat.
  4. Add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), coriander powder, garam masala, biryani masala and green chillies. Add 1 cup of water.
  5. Cook, covered for about 7-10 minutes. The water should be absorbed and the gravy should be considerably thick by now. Add lemon juice and half the coriander.
  6. Spread a layer of half the rice in a microwave safe bowl. Add jackfruit gravy. Add another layer of the rice above it. Cover with the rest of the jackfruit gravy and the rice again.
  7. Microwave it for 2-3 minutes and serve garnished with the coriander.


  1. For best results always cook with Basmati rice. .
  2. It is always best to use fresh Jackfruit. If using canned jackfruit, wash, drain and fry.
  3. Adjust the spices as per your taste
  4. You can also marinate jackfruit with yoghurt along with other spices and lemon juice for 1 hour, prior cooking or simply add yoghurt along with spices while cooking Jackfruit. Adding yoghurt gives a rich texture to the jackfruit.
  5. Make sure to marinate the jackfruit thoroughly. in addition, while you marinate, you may feel the taste very spicy, but it would reduce gradually once it is properly rested.

    6. You may prepare this biryani with tender jackfruit slices along with other vegetables such as capsicum, carrot and beans. in that case, you may have to double the quantity

    7. Do not ever try this recipe with sweet or ripe jackfruit slices. it would spoil the taste.

    8.I have used ready-to -use biryani masala in this recipe, If ready -to- use biryani masala is not your thing then, you can also make biryani masala at home. Just dry roast green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves, anise seeds, pepper corn and fennel seeds and then blend them altogether in a jar. Sieve it and store it in an airtight container.

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