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kuska rice recipe - south indian style spiced flavorful biryani rice served as an accompaniment with a gravy dish.

4.67 from 3 votes
total time:
45minutes

kuska biryani recipe with step by step pics – south indian style spiced flavorful biryani rice served as an accompaniment with a gravy dish.

kuska biryani recipe, plain biryani

kuska biryani is quite known in south india and served in many hotels there. its a good alternative to plain steamed rice and you can serve with any gravy like a korma or a masala gravy or even with dal.

there are many variations of preparing kuska biryani. the word kuska is derived from the urdu word ‘khushk’ which means dry. so this is a dry biryani preparation where there is no veg masala gravy in the biryani. though like biryani the rice is dum cooked in a pot. but there is no layering.

kuska biryani is very simple and easy to prepare like ghee rice or a veg pulao. there is one more north indian recipe of biryani rice i have already posted. you can check it here – biryani rice.

you can serve kuska biryani with any gravy or dal. i also at times make it be served with rajma recipe or dal makhani.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check:

kuska biryani

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:45 mins
kuska rice recipe - south indian style spiced flavorful biryani rice served as an accompaniment with a gravy dish.
kuska biryani recipe, kuska rice recipe
Course:main course
Cuisine:south indian
Servings:2 to 3
Calories:481kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR kuska biryani

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

main ingredients for kuska biryani

  • 1 cup heaped basmati rice or 215 grams basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 50 grams onions or 1 medium onion or ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions
  • 65 grams tomato or 1 medium to large tomato or ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch) - sliced or slit
  • ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves (pudina patta)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 cups water or 2.25 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt as required
  • few coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnish

whole spices for kuska biryani

  • ½ teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 to 2 single strands of mace (javitri)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)

HOW TO MAKE kuska biryani

soaking rice

  • rinse 1 cup heaped basmati rice (215 grams) very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. soak rice in enough water for 30 minutes. later drain all the water and keep the rice aside.

making kuska biryani

  • heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a pot or pan.
  • add the following spices and let them splutter - 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera), 1 inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 to 2 single strands of mace and 1 tej patta.
  • then add 1/3 cup thinly sliced onions.
  • saute the onions on a low to medium flame stirring often, till they start turning light golden.
  • then add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.
  • stir and saute on a low flame till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.
  • add 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute. you can even skip tomatoes if you want.
  • then add 1 or 2 green chilies (sliced or slit), 1/2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves and 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves. mix very well.
  • now add 2 cups water. instead of water you can also use veg stock. depending on the quality of rice, you can add 2 to 2.25 cups water.

cooking kuska biryani

  • cover the pan with its lid.
  • on a medium flame, bring the entire water mixture to a boil.
  • when the water starts boiling, then add the rice.
  • season with salt as per taste and mix very well. check the taste of the water and it should taste a bit salty. if not, then add some more salt.
  • add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. again stir.
  • place a cotton kitchen towel or napkin on the pan. you can also seal the pan with an aluminium foil. now place the lid on the pan.
  • keep the flame to a low or sim and dum cook till the rice grains are tender and cooked. it will take about 7 to 8 minutes for the rice to cook. do use a thick bottomed pan, so that the rice grains do not stick to the bottom of the pan. if you want you can check the rice grains once while cooking. if all the water has been absorbed and the rice grains do not look cooked, then add some hot water in the pan. cover and continue to cook.
  • when the rice grains are cooked, then allow resting time of 5 to 7 minutes. then gently fluff the rice with a fork.
  • serve kuska biryani garnished with a few coriander or mint leaves along with a veg gravy or dal of your choice.

RECIPE TIPS

- you can also use seeraga samba rice instead of basmati rice.
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how to make kuska rice or kuska biryani

1. rinse 1 cup heaped basmati rice (215 grams) very well in water till the water runs clear of starch. soak rice in enough water for 30 minutes. i have used basmati rice. you can also use seeraga samba rice.

rice to make kuska biryani recipe

2. heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a pot or pan.

ghee to make kuska biryani recipe

3. add the following spices and let them splutter – ½ teaspoon caraway seeds (shah jeera), 1 inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 to 2 single strands of mace and 1 tej patta.

spices for kuska biryani recipe

4. then add ⅓ cup thinly sliced onions.

onions for making kuska biryani recipe

5. saute the onions on a low to medium flame stirring often.

onions for making kuska biryani recipe

6. saute till the onions start turning light golden.

onions for making kuska rice recipe

7. then add 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste.

onions for making kuska rice recipe

8. stir and saute on a low flame till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.

ginger garlic for making kuska rice recipe

9. add ½ cup chopped tomatoes and saute for a minute. you can even skip tomatoes if you want.

tomatoes for preparing kuska rice recipe

10. then add 1 or 2 green chilies (sliced or slit), ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves and 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves.

herbs for preparing kuska rice recipe

11. mix very well.

preparing kuska biryani recipe

12. now add 2 cups water. instead of water you can also use veg stock. depending on the quality of rice, you can add 2 to 2.25 cups water.

preparing kuska biryani recipe

cooking kuska biryani

13. cover the pan with its lid.

preparing kuska biryani recipe

14. on a medium flame, bring the entire water mixture to a boil.

preparing kuska biryani recipe

15. when the water starts boiling, then add the rice.

rice to make kuska biryani recipe

16. season with salt as per taste and mix very well. check the taste of the water and it should taste a bit salty. if not, then add some more salt.

salt to make kuska biryani recipe

17. add 1 teaspoon lemon juice. again stir.

lemon juice to make kuska biryani recipe

18. place a cotton kitchen towel or napkin on the pan. you can also seal the pan with an aluminium foil. now place the lid on the pan.

making kuska biryani recipe

19. keep the flame to a low or sim and dum cook till the rice grains are tender and cooked. it will take about 7 to 8 minutes for the rice to cook. do use a thick bottomed pan, so that the rice grains do not stick to the bottom of the pan. if you want you can check the rice grains once while cooking. if all the water has been absorbed and the rice grains do not look cooked, then add some hot water in the pan. cover and continue to cook.

kuska biryani recipe, kuska rice recipe

20. when the rice grains are cooked, then allow resting time of 5 to 7 minutes. then gently fluff the rice with a fork. serve kuska biryani garnished with a few coriander or mint leaves along with a veg gravy or dal of your choice.

kuska biryani


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