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Kuska Briyani (Plain Briyani)

Kuska Briyani
How many Briyani Lovers there?? Today's recipe is Kuska Briyani or Plain Briyani which is prepared with very basic ingredients that are usually available at home and yet has awesomeness with it and you can prepare it instantly. With no more wait, the recipe follows..

kuska briyani

Recipe For : 2

Preparation Time : 40 minutes


Basmati Rice              - 1.5 cups
Big onion                    - 2 (medium size)
Tomato                        - 2 (medium size)
Salt                              - As required
Turmeric Powder        - 1/4 tsp
Chili Powder               - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder       - 2 tsp
Yogurt                         - 1/4 cup
Whole Garam Masala - Each 1
Coriander Leaves        - few
Mint Leaves                - few
Oil                               - 2 tbsp

To Grind:

Whole Garam Masala  - Each 1
Chopped Ginger           - 2 tsp
Chopped Garlic            - 2 tsp
Green Chili                   - 2
Coriander Leaves          - a handful


  • Boil 3 cups of water in  a sauce pan. When the water boils, add washed Basmati rice. When the water boils again, reduce the flame and switch it off in another 8 minutes. By this way, rice would have cooked only 3/4 th.. When you take out the rice it should be mashable with hands but it should be little chewy when you eat.. Drain the excess water and let the rice cool. Sprinkle lemon juice over the rice and keep it aside.
  • Chop Big onion lengthwise. Chop tomatoes, coriander leaves and mint leaves finely. Grind everything under ' To Grind' to a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan. When its hot, add whole garam masala. Whole Garam Masala includes Bay leaf, Star aniseeds, Cardamom, Cloves and Cinnamon sticks. 
  • After a minute, add chopped onions to it.
  • After the onions turn translucent, add chopped tomatoes. Add also salt and turmeric powder.
  • When both onions and tomatoes are cooked together well, add ground masala, chili powder and coriander powder.
  • Mix everything well and add yogurt .Add also 1/2  cup of hot water to the gravy. When everything boils together switch off the flame. Your Briyani gravy is ready now.
  • Take a baking pan. Grease it. Place half of the rice. Then Gravy.. and throw some coriander and mint leaves.
  • And then add rest of the rice, gravy and again Coriander, mint leaves.
  • Cover the pan. I used baking sheet for it.
  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. Bake it for 15 minutes. Let briyani sit in the switched off oven for 10 more minutes.
  • If you wish fry onions, cashews and add it to the Briyani. Mix everything and serve it hot with Raita.. Adding fried onions really give nice taste to this  Kuska Briyani.
  • If you don't have oven, simply heat a dosai pan. Place rice,gravy,coriander leaves in layers in a Pan and place it over the dosai pan.. By this, Dum briyani can be done on stove top.
  • Enjoy your Kuska Briyani with Raita..
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