Kuska/Plain Biriyani

Ive posted Tomato rice recipe long back. This is almost like it, but ofcourse this is Biriyani, so addition of mint, yoghurt makes it more Biriyani like- how we get in Chennai restaurants when we order Kuska.

Basmati Rice: 2 cups
Oil; as needed (I use 3 tbsp)
Cinnamon: 1
Cloves: 5
Onion: 2 medium sliced
Tomato: 1 large chopped
Green Chillies: 3 slit lengthwise
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 heaped tbsp
Yoghurt: 2 tbsp
Mint leaves: a handful
Coriander leaves: a handful
Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp
Chilly Powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: as required
Water; 3 cups

Soak the Basmati rice in water for 20 minutes
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and saute for a minute on low flame
Add the onion sliced and green chillies and saute till onions are light brown.
Now add the ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell is gone and the onions are properly browned.
Add the tomatoes and saute till limp
Add the mint leaves, coriander leaves and curd, mix everything and immediately add the turmeric powder, chilly powder, required salt and saute for a minute on low flame.
Now add the 3 cups of water, the drained basmati rice and keep the lid.
When the steam starts coming out steadily, place the weight.
Wait for 20 seconds and turn off the stove and forget about it for another 20 to 30 minutes
Come back and open the lid and you will have perfectly cooked Kuska/Plain Biriyani.
Serve with raita, pickles and any non veg/veg dish of your choice.


  1. Yummy rice variety... Love any masala rice...

  2. What a great Biriyani recipe it is, Sojo! I'm sure my family will enjoy this if it will be partnered in curry. Though I think I'd have to add more of turmeric/curcumin powder. But I think that's okay, isn't it?

  3. om very tempting briyami,makes me hungry now...

  4. Can have this flavourful kuska with some fried chicken.

  5. Looks delicious and perfect biriyani.

  6. perfect one.. bookmarked.. i always loved khuska..

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  7. The briyani looks so tempting, this with some raitha, perfect..

  8. Simple yummy biryani...Flavor packed one..

  9. Am hungry all over again..Simply irresistible kuska...YUM, Thanks for dropping by my space n happy to follow u as well

  10. Thanx Soj for the delicious prawn biriyani, kappa, beef and chicken fry. Prawn biriyani was sooo good

  11. Thank you for this. This totally saved me today. I had the ingredients in my kitchen already and was desperately looking for a potluck dish. I love you! Do you have any idea how much you are helping us poor souls? One soul at a time!
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