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Kuska Biryani (Plain Biryani)

 Published 2009-Mar-26   Updated 2017-Sep-21

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Khuska Biryani, Biryani Rice, Khuska Biriyani)

Recipe For Kuska Biryani


  • Basmati Rice - 2 cups (soaked for at least 10 minutes and drained)
  • Onions - 2 (chopped)
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Green Chillies - 5-6 (chopped)
  • Ginger garlic Paste - 1 tbsp
  • Coconut Milk diluted with water - 1.5 cups
  • Chicken Stock - 1.5 cup
  • Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  • Mint Leaves (Pudhina) - handful
  • Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) - handful
  • Whole Garam Masala - (2 Bay Leaf, 4 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 3 Cardamom, 1 Star Anise)
  • Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp (crushed)
  • Saffron Strands - 2 pinches (you could also use kesari powder or orange food colour instead)
  • Butter/Ghee/Oil - 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt - as needed


  1. Heat the oil/butter/ghee in a pan and add the whole garam masala to it.
  2. Splutter the cumin seeds and fennel seeds.
  3. Saute the onions and green chillies for 10 minutes followed by ginger garlic paste for another 1 minute.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, finely chopped cilantro and mint leaves and cook for few minutes.
  5. Add the yogurt, coconut milk, chicken stock and salt and bring it to a boil.
  6. Add the soaked rice and bring it to a boil once again.
  7. Reduce the flame to low, cover and cook till the rice is completely done.(app. 25 minutes)
  8. Soak the saffron strands in 1 tblsp of milk and drizzle it over the cooked rice.
  9. Fluff up the rice with a fork, garnish with cilantro, fried onions or chopped nuts. 
  10. Khuska Biryani is ready to serve.

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve with some spicy curry and raita. This dish goes well with any kind of sidedish.


  • You could also transfer the ingredients to a pressure cooker(2 whistles) or rice cooker and cook it.

Kuska Biryani

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Comments (11)

Person   ()
hi dahlia, can u pls tell me how to prepare chicken stock that u mentioned in this recipe. thanks
Person   ()
Hi Vasinti,
I usually prepare chicken stock at home or use store bough chicken stock. To prepare chicken stock at home

1. Boil some chicken bony pieces in a pot full of water along with some chopped onions, celery, carrots, cilantro etc.
2. Add some salt and pepper for seasoning and simmer for about 1 hour.
3. After that drain the liquid alone and discard the chicken and vegetable pieces.
4. You can use this stock for making soups and other dishes and store the excess stock in the freezer for many many days.

Hope this helps,
Person   ()
i am having a prayer meeting at home a7 plan to make kuskha rice chicken curry.i have a do i get the right chicken stock & should i cook it only in curds, coconut milk & chicken stock & no water at all.....plz let me know.....thanky you.
Person   ()
Hi Monica, You can buy chicken stock in most grocery shops these days. If not, you can make it at home too. Cook some bony pieces of chicken in plenty of water, remove the pieces and use the chicken flavoured water as stock.
For khuska biriyani, you cook the rice only in curd, stock and coconut milk.
Person   ()
so good
Person   ()
so good
Person   ()
Thanks dear.
Person   ()
Hi could you please tell me which cup your referring to? Thanks
Person   ()
standard measuring cup... 1 cup = 235 ml..
Person   ()
amazing recipe. it turned out great. and im a novice cook.
Person   ()
Thank u..

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