Kuska Recipe | Kuska Rice
Kuska rice is a South Indian style spiced flavorful biryani rice served as an accompaniment with a gravy dish. It is basically an aromatic plain biryani version made without veggies. It's a good alternative to plain steamed rice and you can serve it with any gravy like a korma or a masala gravy or even with dal.
2 cups basmati rice
3.5 cups water
2 Green cardamoms
1 Star anise
1 Bay leaf
1 inch Cinnamon stick
½ cup onion sliced
2 green chilies - sliced or slit
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
½ cup tomato chopped
¼ cup curd(whisk)
½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
½ tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
1 tsp biryani masala
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons Mint leaves chopped
3 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
Rinse and soak the basmati rice in enough water for 30 minutes. Later drain it completely and keep the rice aside.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker or a heavy bottom pan,add whole spices (cloves, cardamom, star anise, bay leaf, cinnamon stick), saute for 30-40 seconds.
Then add sliced onions, green chilli and cook till they become soft and start turning light golden.
Then add ginger-garlic paste. Stir and saute on a low flame till the raw aroma of ginger and garlic goes away.
Now add chopped tomatoes, mix and cook for 2 minutes or till the tomatoes become soft.
Keeping the flame on low, add whisked curd and saute till the curd combines well without curdling.
Now add turmeric, chilli powder, biryani masala and salt. saute on low flame till it turns aromatic.
Additionally, add mint and coriander leaves and mix well.
Add water and bring water to a boil. Add drained rice.
Then cover with a lid. Cook on low flame for 17-18 minutes. Then turn off the stove and let it stand for 10 minutes without opening the lid.
Then gently fluff the rice with a fork. Serve hot with onion raita.
- Instead of oil, you can use ghee because it gives a nice rich and aromatic flavor.
- The addition of biryani masala is purely optional.