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Plain Biriyani or Kuska

Kuska or Plain Biriyani recipe with step by step images.

Kuska or Plain Biriyani has always been my favourite ever since I had it in my college canteens and during my friends’ weddings.Being a pure vegetarian this would only be the option for me to choose in a lavish non-vegetarian menu.Mom doesn’t make this as it bit too spicy than the usual level we use at home. My sister was the one who first tried a kuska recipe from here during our last vacation and from then I got glued to it.I just tweaked a bit to adjust to family’s taste and now this has become one of my standard recipes.You can make it with even plain rice or basmati or seeraga samba.Hubby loves it when made with seeraga samba.

Kuska Rice or Plain Biriyani recipe with step by step images.


Serves 2

  • Basmati Rice/jeeraga Samba Rice-1 cup
  • Onion-1 big(Sliced)
  • Curd-3 tbsp
  • Water-1/2 cup
  • Chilly Powder-1/4 Tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder-1/2 tsp

To grind into a smooth paste:

  • Green Chilly-1
  • Ginger-A small piece
  • Garlic-7
  • Tomato -2 (Medium)

To Temper:

  • Bay Leaf-1
  • Cardamom-2
  • Cinnamon-A stick
  • Fennel -1/4 Tsp
  • Poppy Seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Clove-2

Plain Biriyani or Kuska


1.Measure and keep all ingredients ready.

2.Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes.If you seeraga samba rice, soak in warm water for 10-15 minutes after rinsing.

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

3.Grind the items under “To grind into a smooth paste” and keep it aside.

4.In a pressure cooker, add oil+ghee and heat it.

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

5.Now add the tempering elements and let it splutter.

6.Add the onions and fry till they turn translucent and add the masala powders and mint+coriander

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

7.Now add the rice after rinsing and draining the water

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

8..Measure the paste and add it now and saute well.

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

9.Mix everything well and add curd+water, salt.

10.Pressure cook for two whistles.

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

11.When the pressure gets released, fluff with a fork

12.Serve with any raitha of your choice.

 Plain Biriyani or Kuska

My observations:

The images are from two different attempts.

Alternatively, you can saute finely chopped tomatoes and add instead of blending into a puree.I avoided as hubby dislikes tomato skin in rice.

The right measurement for a fluffy biriyani is a total of 1.5 cups of liquid(be it coconut milk or puree or plain water) for 1 cup rice, soaked for 30 minutes. So kindly don’t alter it.

Adjust spices according to your wish and taste.

Skip salt for babies less than one year of age.

This can be given to babies above six months

Ensure to have introduced all items before and eliminate allergies.

Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to babies

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 Plain Biriyani or Kuska


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