A vegan biriyani which tastes like non-vegan.
Some points to the jak/kathal. It can be a fruit,nut, or vegan meat .
Frui…..tastes sweeter than honey which no one can resist.It’s seed is a protein rich nut.
A gourmet vegetable,and a superfood .It is known as ‘Kathal’ in North India ,and in
Bengal it is considerd to be the mutton tree.
Known in tamil as ‘palapalam’and ‘kos’ in Srilanka
This breadfruit is highly consumed by Keralites,and Srilankans.
The flesh of the fully grown Jak, when cooked raw is one delicacy served with rice and
Some consume it with only coconut which is also superfood.
Today the recipe is with the tender Jak
Moving on to the recipe
1 small tender Jak ( outer skin and core removed)
2-3 onions sliced
3-4 slit green chillies
1 tblsp ginger- garlic,green chilli paste(4-5 green chillies,10 cloves garlic,1 inch piece ginger)
1 tblsp biriyani masala powder
3 black cardamons
1 tblsp fennel/ saunf
1 tblsp cummin seed powder
2 pieces cinammon
1 tsp chilli powder
A handful of curry leaves
Mint and coriander leaves
Dried fenugreek leaves.
Juice of 1-2 lemons
1/2 cup curd
Salt to taste
Oil for frying
500 gm basmati/ samba rice (soak for 10-20 minutes)
Preparing the jak
Cut into slices and soak in buttermilk , salt,and turmeric till you prepare the rest of the
Wash again well, add 1 tsp chilli powder( not listed) and salt.
Fry till light golden brown
and set aside.
Note : Fry half of the onions in oil for garnish and set aside .In the same oil you can fry the kathal pieces.
Heat ghee and some of the remaining oil.Add saunf,curry leaves and the whole spices.
Next add the remaining onions till translucent.
Add the slit green chillies,green chilli- ginger garlic paste,salt,tomato,chilli powder and
cook till tomatoes are soft.
Next add the fried Jak,curd and the rest of the ingredients and cook for 5-10 minutes .
Add the washed and soaked rice to the mixture .
Add warm water till 1″above rice level and cook on a slow fire till done.
Garnish with fried onions ,some ghee,mint and coriander leaves.
Another method of cooking rice.
Heat some water ,add whole spices and rice.
Parboil rice and add to Jak mixture and cook on a slow fire till done.
Serve with Raita.