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Kuska Recipe

Kuska is plain biryani cooked in onion, tomatoes and aromatic spices that tastes great with cucumber raita or Mirchi salan.
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Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: indian cuisine, south indian
Keyword: biryani, kuska biryani, plain biryani
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 1 Tomato) (chopped
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoon Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 2 Cardamom
  • ½ Cinnamon Stick
  • 10 Black Pepper
  • 4 Clove
  • 4 Green Chili
  • ½ teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Mace
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee
  • 2 tablespoon Coriander leaves
  • tablespoon Mint Leaves


  • Heat a pan and add 2 tablespoons of ghee in it. When ghee is hot start with adding the spices in the pan.
  • Add a teaspoon of cumin seeds, ½ cinnamon stick, maze, black pepper, bay leaf, fennel seeds, star anise, green cardamom, and clove.
  • After that add chopped onions in the pan. Stir the onions until they are golden brown.
  • When the onions are golden brown add green chili and stir.
  • Then add fresh tomatoes (chopped) in the pan and a teaspoon of turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt.
  • Keep the heat from low-to-medium and cook until the tomatoes turn soft and pulpy.
  • When the tomatoes are soft and the masala begins to leave oil, add 2 teaspoons of yogurt/curd in it.
  • Mix the yogurt with the masala and cook for another minute.
  • Now, add a teaspoon of garam masala and soaked basmati rice in the pan.
  • Add mint leaves and coriander leaves on top and mix well. 
  • Now, add 2 cups of water and cover and cook until the rice is done or pressure cook for 2 whistles on medium heat.
  • When the rice is cooked, turn off the heat, release the pressure. Serve the biryani hot with raita or salan.



  • I have used fresh yogurt, you can use coconut paste if you like.
  • You can cook Kuska in Arborio/medium grain rice or basmati/long grain rice for cooking Kuska.
  • If you are using coconut milk then add water accordingly, otherwise, the rice may be sticky and over-cook.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg