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biryani recipe | kuska biryani | plain biryani rice recipe | kuska rice

Plain biryani recipe can be prepared at iftar or any occasion or weekend in less time. It is an easy and tasty recipe. This biryani can be served with any non-veg gravy, gosh ka salan, chicken korma or even with any veg gravy, special bhaji recipe.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword biryani recipe, kushka, kushkha, kuska biryani, kuska rice, plain biryani recipe, plain biryani rice recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
soak time: 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


Ingredients for plain biryani recipe:

  • basmati rice - 3 1/2 cup
  • ghee - 2 spoons
  • oil - 4 spoons

Dry spices:

  • Shahi jeera - 1/4 spoon
  • cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon (jeera)
  • star anise - 1 (chakri pool)
  • black cardamoms - 2
  • cloves - 6 (laung)
  • cinnamon - 3 (dalchini)
  • cardamoms - 3 (elachi)
  • bay leaves - 2 (tej patta)

Main ingredients:

  • onion slices - 4
  • slit green chillies - 4
  • ginger & garlic paste - 1 spoon
  • tomato slices - 4
  • mint leaves - 1 cup (pudina)
  • chopped coriander leaves - 1 cup (kotimeera)
  • water - (6-7) cups
  • salt - 2 spoons(as required)
  • lemon juice - 1 1/2 spoon


  • Mint leaves - 1 spring


Step by step procedure for plain biryani recipe or kuska biryani:

    Soaking rice:

    1. Wash and soak rice for at least 20 minutes. Drain the rice and set aside.

    Preparing kuska biryani recipe:

    1. Heat a pan over a medium flame add ghee and oil.

    2. Add all the dry spices 1/4 spoon shahi jeera, 1/2 spoon cumin seeds, 1-star anise, 2 black cardamoms, 6 cloves, 3 cinnamon, 3 cardamoms, 2 bay leaves mix well. Let them splutter.

    3. Add onion slices and slit green chillies stir well.

    4. Fry till the onions turn a golden brown colour.

    5. Add ginger and garlic paste. Tip to avoid burning add a spoon of salt and stir well. This is optional.

    6. Fry till the raw smell disappears.

    7. Add tomato slices mix well.

    8. Close the lid and cook for 2 minutes till it turns little mushy.

    9. Add mint leaves and chopped coriander leaves mix well.

    10. Fry for a minute till nice aroma occurs.

    11. Pour approximately 6-7 cups of water according to the rice stir well. For 1 cup of rice measure 1 1/2 cup of water.

    12. Add salt by tasting the water. The water should taste a little salty. Adjust the water according to the rice and salt according to the taste.

    13. When the water gets boiled add drained rice mix well. Let it cook.

    14. When 3/4 of water is dried add lemon juice mix well.

    15. Close the lid and let it dum for 15 minutes in a low flame.

    16. Mix or fluff the rice close and leave the biryani for 5 minutes.

    17. Take biryani the into serving plate.


    1. Garnish with fresh mint leaves 

    2. Serve kuska biryani recipe with ghosh ka salan/raita or with any veg curries.

    Recipe Notes

    Can use basmati rice or sona masuri rice for kuska biryani recipe.

    For 1 cup of rice measure 1 1/2 cup of water. 

    Adjust the water according to the rice as well as adjust the salt according to the taste.

    The exact measurement of water and salt makes our biryani super tasty.