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June 25, 2014

KUSKA BIRYANI RECIPE/KUSKA RICE-PLAIN BIRYANI RECIPE

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Kuska biryani recipe


I am a big fan of kuska biryani.Before marriage we used to have this rice from a nearby restaurant at least twice in a month during weekends.My appa calls this as”pattai sadam”.In hotels,they usually serve kuska with onion raita and salna or ennai kathirikai.I love that combo Smile.
Kuska,this term might be new to some you.I will tell u what it is.Kuskha is nothing but the plain rice cooked n flavoured with masalas without adding vegetables or meat.Usually muslim people do this for all their marriages and festivals.In urdu,”Kushk”means plain.It is very famous in Hyderabad and Tamilnadu.Thanks to Spiceindiaonline from where i got these details.In Tamil nadu,u get kuska mostly in small hotels or mess.In some big hotels,they serve chicken or mutton biryani as kuska just by removing the pieces.So my dad always buys it from vegetarian hotels.Its my long time dream to recreate kuska at home.I have tried several recipes but they were not satisfactory.Recently i was chatting with my reader Kirthiga devi in facebook.More than a reader,i should say she is like my sister.She calls me fondly as akka Smile.When we were talking,i just asked her about kuska biryani and she immediately shared her recipe with detailed steps.She suggested me pressure cooker as well as Dum method.I chose pressure cooker method as i felt it easy.She also said that this is the recipe of muslim style kuska.Then, what else i need to try this??.I tried it for my lunch today.It was awesome.I got the same taste as i expected.Thank u so much kirthiga Smile.Friends,whenever u run short of veggies,do try this kuska rice.Bachelor’s & working women can make this easy rice for their lunch box during busy mornings .Its a no grinding & less chopping rice variety .Just one onion, half tomato & biryani spices is enough to prepare this delectable dish for two people Smile.U can use either jeera rice or basmati rice as per ur liking.Lets see how to make Tamil nadu style kuska biryani.

Kuska recipe

Kuska biryani recipe


Kuska biryani recipe How to make kuska biryani recipe at home easily.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

  • Jeera rice or basmati rice - 1 cup
  • Water+coconut milk or water+milk - 2 cups
To add in the rice
  • Cinnamom - 1 small piece
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Bayleaf - 1no
  • Mint leaves – 10 nos 
  • Ghee – few drops
To saute
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamom - 1 small piece
  • Cloves - 1 no
  • Bayleaf - 1 no
  • Kalpasi/black stone flower – 1/2 tsp( click here to see the picture in stepwise pics)
  • Cardamom - 1 no
  • G&G paste – 1 tsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato - 1/2 no
  • Green chillies - 2 nos
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 - 1 tsp (adjust)
  • Dhania powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Curd – 1 tbsp
  • Mint leaves – 15nos (chopped)
  • Coriander leaves -  2 stalks (chopped)
METHOD

  • Wash the rice and take it in a bowl.To this rice,add the spices mentioned under”to add in rice”.Add equal quantity of water+milk or water+coconut milk and soak the rice for 10-15 minutes. ie Rice and water+milk ratio should be 1:2.( u can soak only in water too if u don’t want to add milk or coconut milk)
  • In the mean time,finely chop onions,tomatoes,mint leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Then in a pressure cooker base,heat oil and add all the spices,saute for a second.
Kuska recipe step1
  • Then add onions,g&g paste and saute till raw smell leaves it.
  • Add tomato pieces and saute till mushy.Now add red chilli powder,dhania powder and saute for sometime.Kuska recipe step2
  • Add mint,coriander leaves.Mix well.Now add the curd,soaked rice with water and spices.
Kuska recipe step3
  • Add the required salt.Check for taste and pressure cook in low flame for one whistle or 10 minutes.Open the lid after the steam is released.Mix with a fork once.Check whether rice is done else add 1/4 cup of water and allow it to cook for 1 whistle in high flame or keep it for 3-4 minutes in high flame.
Kuska recipe step4
Serve with onion raita and Enjoy !


Note

  • Rice takes longer time to cook in milk + water combo.So add more water and less milk if u want it to be quickly done.
  • U can add 1/4 tsp of fennel seeds while sauting spices.Its optional though.
  • Kuska i had tasted from hotels looks reddish orange in color.I think they add orange food color.But i used only red chilli powder to bring this color.So add food color if u wish.
  • For variations,u can add coconut milk instead of plain milk OR use water alone.
  • Remember the ratio of rice n water should be 1:2 even if u soak for 30 minutes.
  • If u use jeera rice,soak only for 15 minutes else rice will turn clumpsy after cooking.If u soak for more time,add 1.5 cups of water instead of 2 cups.

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Easy n tasty Kuska biryani is ready ! Smile
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29 comments :

  1. Never heard of this looks interesting.as usual nice presentation

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  2. Looks yummy and a pleasing colour too.Thanks for the useful cooking tips. Have bookmarked your recipe and shared in my fb page

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  3. This is very useful...it looks delicious

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  4. Looks Great.. My method is little different.. will try ur method very soon & inform you dear..

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  5. Love this plain Biryani...... very well presented!

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  6. I love this rice.. My mum does this too..

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  7. I make something similar to this, but with more tomatoes, would love to try this version..

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  8. thats very new to me.. never heard abt them . good insight abt the dish. well made n presented too..

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  9. colorful and delicious kuska...
    http://kurinjikathambam.blogspot.in/

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  10. Though I have heard a lot about kuska I have never tried it..looks delicious

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  11. delicious.i thought kuska is a non.veg item .dear would u please post recipe for brinji and kurma.which is famius in chennai small hotels and in weddings.i am a diehard fan of it.thanks in advance

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    1. Thanks Harini. Even I wanted to try it :)

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  12. Hi chitra tried ur kuska receipe today. Turned out very well, it was little bit spicy for me though.
    Thank you

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    1. Thank u so much.Please reduce chilli powder next time :)

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  13. Also tried ur easy nei appam receipe.it was also turned very well.first time I made a crispy bs soft nei appam.thank you

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    1. Thanks a lot for trying and taking time to write here :)

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  14. I tried this recipe, it was very delicious , thank you :)

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  15. Chitra, I tried this recipe. It taste great.

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  16. Chitra, I tried this recipe. It taste great.

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  17. I tried this recipe ... It tastes delicious ... u Chitra 😊

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