Jackfruit Biryani Recipe

Biryani is a popular dish in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine that originated in the Indian subcontinent. The dish is believed to have been introduced in India by the Mughals, who ruled India from the 16th to the 19th century.

Biryani is said to have been an important part of the Mughal royal cuisine, and it was served to soldiers during the war as well. The dish evolved over time with the addition of various spices and ingredients, and different regions in India have their own unique biryani recipes.

Today, biryani is enjoyed all over the world and is considered a staple in Indian cuisine.

But with changing times, people have started to look out for healthier versions of it.

Jackfruit biryani is a popular vegetarian alternative to traditional meat-based biryanis in Indian cuisine. It is a flavorful and aromatic dish made with a mix of spices, basmati rice, and tender pieces of jackfruit that resemble the texture of meat.

And today we will guide you through the steps to prepare this delicious jackfruit biryani recipe, perfect for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

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Ingredients for Making Jackfruit Biryani:

  • 1 kg of raw jackfruit
  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of Vegan yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup of chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons of red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of biryani masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 5-6 cloves
  • 5-6 green cardamoms
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups of water

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  1. Clean and cut the jackfruit into small pieces. Remove the seeds and discard them. Rinse the jackfruit pieces thoroughly with water and set them aside.
  2. Soak the basmati rice in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water and set the rice aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt and add the red chilli powder, biryani masala powder, and salt to taste. Mix well and set the bowl aside.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, bay leaves, cloves, green cardamoms, and cinnamon sticks to the pot. Sauté the spices for 1-2 minutes or until they become fragrant.
  5. Add the sliced onions to the pot and cook until they turn golden brown.
  6. Add the ginger-garlic paste to the pot and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the jackfruit pieces to the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they become tender.
  8. Add the yogurt mixture to the pot and stir well. Cover the pot and let the jackfruit cook for 5-7 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves to the pot and mix well.
  10. In a separate pot, add the 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add the soaked rice to the pot and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the rice is partially cooked. Drain the excess water and set the rice aside.
  11. Layer the partially cooked rice on top of the jackfruit mixture in the pot. Make sure that the rice is evenly spread out.
  12. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook the biryani on low heat for 10-15 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
  13. Turn off the heat and let the biryani rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  14. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
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If you are using canned jackfruit, make sure to rinse it thoroughly with water and drain it well before using it in the recipe.

You can adjust the spice level according to your taste preference by increasing or decreasing the amount of red chilli powder and biryani masala powder.

You can also add vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and green peas to the biryani to make it more nutritious.

It is important to cook the rice partially beforehand.

Also, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of cleaning and chopping Jackfruit, you can easily replace it with sliced Sudo Foods Burger Patty which has Jackfruit in it as well and mimics the meaty bite.

Experimenting with recipes like this just goes on to show the spectrum of ways to incorporate healthy alternatives in your favourite go-to dishes.  So go on and make healthy cooking ever so exciting!

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Benefits of Jackfruit Biryani:

Jackfruit has many benefits, such as:

  1. Low in Fat and Calories: Jackfruit biryani is a healthy alternative to traditional meat-based biryanis, as it is low in fat and calories. Jackfruit is a rich source of dietary fiber, which keeps you feeling full and helps in weight management.
  2. Good for Digestion: Jackfruit is also rich in dietary fiber, which helps in promoting healthy digestion and prevent constipation.
  3. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Jackfruit is a good source of vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These vitamins and minerals are essential for maintaining health and preventing chronic diseases.
  4. Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly: Jackfruit biryani is a vegan and vegetarian-friendly dish that can be enjoyed by people who follow a plant-based diet.

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Q1. What not to mix with jackfruit? 

Jackfruit should not be mixed with alcohol, as it can cause adverse reactions in some people. It is also recommended to avoid consuming jackfruit with milk or dairy products, as it can cause digestive issues.

Q2. What is the best way to soften jackfruit? 

The best way to soften jackfruit is to boil it in water for 20-30 minutes or until it becomes tender. You can also pressure cook it for 10-15 minutes to soften it.

Q3. How many minutes should I boil jackfruit seeds? 

Jackfruit seeds should be boiled for 20-30 minutes or until they become tender. You can also roast or fry them for a crunchy texture.


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