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How to make Kuska / Plain Biryani Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 10:34:00 PM

Kuska / Plain Biryani is a simple and easy rice recipe made without adding any meat or vegetables. Rice is flavored with whole spices and masalas which adds unique taste to the recipe. This recipe can be made in few minutes , it is a perfect lunch box recipe and a go to recipe without using more any meat. It has a same flavorful rice as biryani and its far easier to make.Onion Raitha, veg Salna or chicken Salna goes excellent with this recipe. Lets get started. 

Please click here to watch Kuska Recipe in Tamil - Madras Samayal


Serving Size                  : 4 people

Soaking Time               : 30 minutes

Cooking Time              : 30 minutes
Difficulty:Spice Level:

QuantityIngredients for Kuska Biryani Recipe
2 tbspOil
2 tbspGhee

2 Bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 star anise , 

3 cardamom, 4 cloves
1 tspFennel seeds
1 inchGinger
4 clovesGarlic
Green chilies
1/4 cupCurd / Yogurt
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp  Garam Masala powder 
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
2 cup Basmati Rice
3 cupWater
Mint Leaves

Coriander leaves

Salt to taste 

Cooking Method

Step 1) in a mortar and pestle or in a blender add ginger , Garlic, green chilies and grind it well.

Step 2) In a pressure cooker heat oil and ghee, then add the whole spices - bay leaves, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom, star anise and fennel seeds.
Then add Onions , pinch of salt and saute it until the onions turns golden.

Step 3) Once the onions turns golden add the ginger garlic and green chili paste and cook until the raw smell is gone.
Then add the masalas - Turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala powder. Cook for a minute.

Step 4) Then add sliced tomatoes and cook until everything turns into a paste. Once the onions and tomatoes turns soft add yogurt and mix well. Yogurt is added to get little sour taste (we can also use lemon juice instead of yogurt)

Step 5) Then add Basmati rice (washed and soaked in water for 30 minutes), Water , Mint and Coriander leaves. Finally add salt and mix well. while taste testing the water should be little salty.
Ratio of rice to water is 1:1.5 so for 2 cups of rice I have used 3 cups of water.

Cover and cook it for 1 whistle on a medium heat or until the rice is well done. That's it our easy and simple Kuska Biryani is ready to be enjoyed with Onion Raitha, veg Salna or chicken Salna.
Please do try this recipe at home and share it with your friends and family.
Happy Cooking and lets spread the Joy of Cooking !!!



About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. I tried this last Saturday, was a superhit ... cannot wait to cook again... paired this with the Chicken tikka masala(your recipe)and raita... Yum.

  2. Now to this add tomato and cook until oil separates. Now add bell peppers / Capsicum and cook for a couple of vidmate minutes.