For the first marinade

  • 1 kilo raw jackfruit
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste

For the second marinade

  • 400ml Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp ginger paste
  • 3 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 100ml oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 white onion, chopped

For the rice and pastry top

  • 1 kilo white rice
  • 60ml double cream
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 pre-rolled piece of pastry

For the garnish

  • 1 handful chopped mint
  • 1 handful chopped coriander
  • 1 sliced green chilli
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and sliced


  1. 1

    Remove the outer skin of the jackfruit and chop up the meat into chunks using an oiled knife to prevent it from sticking.

  2. 2

    Add the jackfruit to a large bowl with all the ingredients for the first marinade. Leave for a minimum of two hours, to allow the jackfruit to soak up the flavours.

  3. 3

    Fry the jackfruit in the marinade until it has a thin, crisp coating all over.

  4. 4

    In a large bowl, mix the jackfruit with all the second marinade ingredients. Leave for a minimum of 2 hours. 

  5. 5

    Soak the rice for 45 minutes and then drain, washing away all the starch. Boil the rice and cook it until al dente.

  6. 6

    In a heavy bottom dish with a lid, quickly heat the jackfruit for two minutes, then layer the partially cooked rice over the top. Mix the double cream, butter and saffron and drizzle over the surface of the layers. 

  7. 7

    Ensure the pot is tightly sealed with the pastry so no air or moisture can escape – use a strip of dough to seal the lid on, or cover with foil and place a tight-fitting lid over it. Cook for 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 200°C. Serve hot, sprinkled with the chopped mint, coriander, sliced chilli and ginger.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 3856kj 921kcal 46%
  • Fat 36.3g 52%
  • Saturates 14.7g 74%
  • Sugars 21.0g 23%
  • Salt 2.0g 33%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 829kj/198kcal

Each serving provides

131.4g carbohydrate 3.7g fibre 15.4g protein

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