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biryani rice or kusks served in a ceramic plate
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Biryani Rice- Kuska

Biryani rice or kuska is a delicious rice recipe from Indian cuisine with very few simple ingredients. This recipe is made across India in various names and with minor change in ingredients. It is the prepared in the same way we prepare rice while making biryani recipe and served with any spicy curry. Kuska on the other hand has a simple masala with onions and tomatoes. Here I am sharing detailed biryani rice recipe along with instructions for making kuska.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: biryani rice, kuska
Servings: 3
Calories: 355kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 cup rice long grain, basmati
  • 2.5 cups water 2.25 cups for IP
  • 3 tablespoons butter Or oil or ghee. I used vegan butter.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste or freshly minced ginger and garlic
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron

For Fried Onions

  • 3/4 cup onions thinly sliced
  • oil for frying


Making Fried Onions For Biryani Chawal

  • Pick 2 large onions and remove the outer peel. Cut them into thin slices.
    thinly sliced onions
  • Heat oil in small pan. Once the oil is hot add the sliced onions. Fry in low heat until they turn crispy and golden brown.
    frying onions
  • Remove to a strainer and set aside.
    fried onions or brista

Making Biryani Rice

  • Heat oil or butter in a large skillet or pan. Add the bay leaf, cloves, green cardamoms, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick and fry for a minute.
    sauteing spices in butter
  • Next in goes minced ginger garlic or ginger garlic paste, chopped mint leaves, coriander leaves.
    minced ginger garlic and herbs added to sautéed spices
  • Mix well and fry them in medium heat for a minute.
    fried spices and herbs for making biryani rice
  • Now add the drained rice and mix well.
    soaked and drained rice added to sautéed herbs and spices
  • Saute gently until all the moisture from the rice is absorbed.
    water added to rice for kuska
  • Add 2.5 cups water and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Mix gently
    salt and saffron strands added to water
  • Next add few saffron strands and salt to taste.
    salt and saffron strands added to water
  • Bring the water to a gentle boil
  • Cover the lid and cook the rice for 6-8 minutes or until the rice is well cooked. Cook in low heat and use a sturdy heavy pan to prevent burning of the rice at the bottom.
    cooking biryani rice
  • Fluff up the rice grains gently with a fork.
    fluffed up biryani rice
  • Divide the rice among serving plates and top with fried onion as required. Serve biryani rice immediately with side dish of your choice.
    biryani rice or kusks served in a ceramic plate


The recipe can be doubled, use a bigger pan.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg