Wednesday 12 March 2014

Kuska Biryani Recipe/Plain Biryani [Without any vegetables or meat]/How to make Kuska Biryani with step by step photos

Today I am going to share with you all a very simple and quick Kuska biryani. This is a plain biryani without any vegetables or meat, yet very flavourful and delectable. This kuska biryani was a special request from my readers for quite some time. So friends without much introduction I am moving on to the aromatic kuska biryani. Check out other delicious Vegetarian Rice varieties here.

Here’s how to make Kuska Biryani with step by step photos….

Basmati Rice

1 cup


1 cut to thin slices


1 finely chopped

Ginger & garlic paste

2 tsp

Green chillies

4 slit lengthwise

Mint & Cilantro

One fist full


½ cup


1 cup

Red chilli powder

½  tsp

Coriander powder

1 tsp


As needed

 For Grinding


For Tempering
Oil+ ghee
2 tbsp
Bay leaf
Star anise
Curry leaves
Preparation time: 10 minutes                             Recipe Category: Main Course   
Cooking time: 20 minutes                                    Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Serves: 2-3
Author: Priya Anandakumar    
Wash and soak the basmati rice for about 15 to 20 minutes. Grind the ingredients mentioned under grinding in a mixer.

Heat oil + ghee in the pressure cooker, add bay leaf, star anise and fry for about a minute.

Add the ground powder and fry about 30 more seconds. Then add the curry leaves and fry for another 20 seconds.

Now add the onions, green chillies and sauté until it turns golden brown colour.

Add the ginger & garlic paste and fry until the raw smell vanishes. Add the tomatoes and saute really well until they turn really mushy.

Now add the washed and chopped cilantro and mint leaves and fry for about a minute.

Add the red chilli powder,coriander powder and fry for another minute.

Now add the milk + water and let it come to rolling boil.  [The ratio of rice: water is 1: 1 ½ cup].

Add the basmati rice, close the lid and cook for one whistle or without whistle for 10 to 12 minutes.

After the steam releases open the lid and fluff it up with a fork or gently with wooden spoon.

Serve it hot with a cucumber raita  or with vegetable kurma.

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  1. looks good.. perfect for the times wen u r in a hurry.. no need to chop veggies too

  2. Very flavourful kuska briyani, love to enjoy with some fried chicken.

  3. super Priya. Biryani looks extremely delicious. Perfect for a busy day

  4. Simple , quick and tasty biryani!!

  5. Very flavorful and tasty rice. Love to have it with chicken curry.

  6. easy to prepare n no need of any side dish!!!!!!!!! Looks tasty...

  7. my most fav biryani, we usually add yogurt adding milk is new...kuska biryani looks really inviting..nice :)

  8. Looks yummy dear ..very tasty !!

  9. Nice and easy to prepare! I have heard about this biriyani but read the recipe only now, thank you!

  10. Simple yet delectable.. Looks inviting.

  11. Easy but very delectable biryani.

  12. Quick and tasty biriyani...

  13. Perfect, Flavorful...Delicious briyani

  14. Awesome biriyani with rich celebration of flavors in it.....

  15. In fact i do prefer sometimes a normal biryani rather than a veg biryani or meat one ;) thanks for sharing :)

  16. How milk is added.? Does milk doesn't get worse while adding salt....

    1. No, milk will just enhance the taste of biryani, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  17. Just last month during poratasi , I chanced upon your recipe and have been making Kuska quite a few times now. I follow your instructions to the T and am never disappointed. All of us at home love this biriyani 👌Awesome 👍..

    1. Thanks a lot, pls keep coming back and support Priyas virundhu


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