Kuska Biryani (Dindugul Style) | Plain Biryani Without Vegetables

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Kuska is a kind of biryani without any vegetables and it is a popular food in southern part of Tamilnadu. This is my grand ma’s recipe, whenever I go to her house in Dindugul, she makes this biryani for me. In this recipe, the long grain rice is cooked in a pressure cooker along with some aromatic spices, mint leaves, onion, tomato and ginger garlic paste. The outcome of the biryani is just flavorful, spicy and yummy. You can make this easy biryani, if you run out of veggies at home. Best accompaniment for this biryani are some vegetable gravy or protein rich gravy like mushroom curry or soy chunks curry and raita.

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 10 Mins
Makes : 2 Servings

    Ingredients

1 Cup of Basmati Rice
1 Big Red Onion, Finely Chopped
2 Tsp of Ginger Garlic Paste
4 Green Chilly
1 Tsp of Coriander Powder
1 Small Tomato, Finely Chopped
3/4 Tbsp of Dried Mint Leaves, You can use Fresh Mint Leaves(Handful)
1 Tbsp of Coriander Leaves, Finely Chopped
1 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Milk
Salt to Taste

    To Grind

2 Cloves
1 Inch Cinnamon Stick
2 Green Cardamom

    To Temper

3 Tsp of Oil
1 Bay Leaf
1 Star Anise
Pinch of Stone Flower
4 Curry Leaves

    Other Ingredients

1 Tbsp of Coriander Leaves, Chopped
2 Tsp of Ghee

    Method

  • Soak the rice in water for 20 mins. Drain and wash it in tap water. Keep it aside.
  • Grind cloves, cinnamon and cardamom in a spice grinder or mixie to a fine powder.
  • Finely chop the onion and tomato. Slit the green chilies. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add bay leaf, stone flower, curry leaves and star anise, fry for a min. In a medium flame, add the ground spice powder, fry it for 30 secs. Add chopped onion and green chilly, fry it for 2 mins  until it changes golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste, fry it until the raw smell vanishes. Add tomato, fry it until it turns soft and mushy.
  • Now add mint leaves, coriander leaves and coriander powder, fry this for a min. Add rice, fry for another min, add water, milk and salt. Cover and cook it for 2 whistles in a cooker. Turn off the flame, let the pressure releases on its own.
  • Open the cooker, add chopped coriander leaves and ghee, give a gentle stir with a fork.
  • Hot, yummy kuska is ready to serve with spicy mushroom gravy and raita.

    Tips

  • If you don’t have stone flower and star anise, just use bay leaf for tempering.
  • If you have small onion(shallots), you can use that in place of large onion.
  • Increase or decrease the number of green chilly according to your taste.
  • You can also use 3 green chilies and 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder to this rice.
  • Don’t add turmeric powder to kuska.
  • Adding ghee after pressure cooking gives a nice taste and flavor to rice.
  • You can use jeeraga samba rice in place of basmati rice.
  • For basmati rice, the water ratio is 1 : 1.5 Water. You can use coconut milk in place of water or you can use 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of cow’s milk, like I did.
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27 comments to this article

  1. Harini M

    on November 30, 2013 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Yummy dish,I love your shots

  2. Meena Kumar

    on November 30, 2013 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Oh that is such a yummy looking biriyani and the veg curry on side looks like non veg …yum …

    • Gayathri Ramanan

      on November 30, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

      ya..it looks like non veg..but it’s a soy chunk mushroom curry..

  3. nandoos Kitchen

    on November 30, 2013 at 5:35 am - Reply

    Very inviting biryani. Very nice presentation.

  4. Sona S

    on November 30, 2013 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Flavorful and aromatic biriyani, looks very delicious.

  5. Nithya Naveen

    on November 30, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Yummy aromatic biryani.. Easy one pot meal

  6. Divya Pramil

    on November 30, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    That looks so yummy.. Nice presentation too, neat clicks.. there are some places where they still serve biryani made with chicken as kuska, they just remove the meat from it. This is the better option, very useful for vegetarians :)

  7. Navaneetham Krishnan

    on November 30, 2013 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Delicious rice dish. Never heard of it yet I am impressed with the preparation with interesting ingredients.

  8. Rekha Vengalil

    on November 30, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Rice looks so delish and cooked to perfection :-) love it

  9. Shweet Spicess

    on November 30, 2013 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Never thought of make it this way!! nice and interesting recipe :)

  10. Sapana Behl

    on November 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Kuska is all time fav , looks yummy !

  11. sangeetha pn

    on November 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    The clicks r fabulous.. Lovely biryani, New to me, but good one indeed.. :)

  12. Sona - quick picks/pick quicks

    on December 1, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    surem, this shud be soo rich in flavours, what if there is no veggies added. lovely rice, Gayathri.
    Hadnt been to blogsphere for quite some time. Hope you doing good. Keep in touch :)

    rgds…

  13. Yes Cook

    on December 1, 2013 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Very tasty khushka. So well prepared. Bookmarked to try.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Kitchen Riffs

    on December 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Terrific looking dish! This looks wonderfully flavorful – thanks so mluch.

  15. sripriya vidhyashankar

    on December 2, 2013 at 12:20 am - Reply

    My fav Kushka.. last week i made it with little changes .. post it soon. thanks for sharing,..will try ur method next time..

  16. Anupa Joseph (Palaharam)

    on December 2, 2013 at 1:10 am - Reply

    Wow it does have a tempting look…esp. the side…. looked so much like a non veg side

  17. Sangeetha Priya

    on December 2, 2013 at 4:37 am - Reply

    such a tempting biryani with crystal clear pictures!!!

  18. Reni

    on December 3, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Kuska looks real yummy and perfectly cooked !

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