Plain Biryani/ Khuska

 Khuska, those who love biryani will never say no for this rice bowl, i love this plain biryani to the core, when ever we have food from Kabab restaurant,  i prefer plain biryani, huh the flavour, and taste had a special technique they used.. once i was browsing in google found a wonderful kuskha recipe in chitra’s page

Her recipe inspired me to give a try, from then I’m doing this often in home, yes in the first time itself i came out really well. and the special thing, it need a plain raita or onion raita to finish the complete bowl of recipe.. simple recipe with great taste, preparation took very less time.. before trying this recipe, i thought i need some stock or some other ingredients to make a perfect khuska as like form the restaurants, i alter few steps here from the original recipe, hope this post help you guys to learn a easy tasty healthy rice bowl..

Plain Biryani/Khuska

Recipe Cuisine:Indian  |  Recipe Category: Rice bowl
Prep Time: 30 mins    |  Cook time: 40 mins    |  Serves: 4

Ingredients to Soak Rice


Jeera Samba Rice 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Coconut milk 1 cup
Fennel seeds 1/2 tsp
Jeera 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon 1 inch
Cardamon 2 nos
Cloves 2 nos
Bay Leaf 1 leaf 
Ghee 1 tsp
Mint Leaves 2 tsp chopped
Coriander Leaves 1 tsp chopped


Other Ingredients 


Oil 3 tsp
curry masala 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon 1 inch
Cloves 1 nos
Bayleaf 1/2 leaf
Cardamon 1 nos
Ginger Garlic paste 1.5 tsp
Onion 1 large
Tomato 2 medium sized
Green Chillie 2 nos
Chillie powder 1/2 tsp
Dhanya Powder 1/4-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Curd 2 tsp
Mint Leaves a hand ful chopped
Coriander Leaves a handful chopped



  1. Wash and clean the Rice, soak the rice in water and coconut milk with fennel seeds, jeera seeds, i crushed the cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and added here, and bay leaf, soak this for 20 mins.

2. Heat a pressure pan with oil, temper with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, bayleaf and saute the onions till they turns translucent.. 
 3. Add in the freshly crushed ginger garlic paste to the pressure pan.
 4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
 5. All done, tomatoes are cooked well, and the oil ooze out here, i didn’t use much oil here.. 
 6. Add chilli powder, Coriander powder, Turmeric powder, curry masala(கரம் மசாலா) and saute well..
 7. Add the soaked rice and mix them well, in the masala..
 8. Followed by soaked water +coconut milk, and curd too.. Add salt in this step.. 
 9. Add the chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves to it.. Bring this to boil and close the pressure pan.. pressure cook it for 2 whistles.. 
 10. Once the pressure released open the pressure pan, poke with the forks..


  • Adding coconut milk is essential don’t skip it. 
  • Fennel seeds is a optional one. 
  • The ratio for the water and rice is very important..
  • Soak only for 15 mins.. 


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  • Maha Gadde

    Spicy n tasty luking biryani ..nicely explained.

  • Drashti Dholakia
    Drashti Dholakia

    What a lovely and nicely explained recipe. Really like the combination of flavours in it.

  • shobhakeshwani

    Delicious one pot meal.. just love them.

  • Priya Suresh
    Priya Suresh

    Plain briyani is calling me, couldnt stop myself drooling here. Havent prepared Khuska since a while. Now you are tempting me to the core. Such a flavourful dish.

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    Soma Mukherjee

    Lovely recipe of khuska. Briyani rice, I always thought they used some stock to make this recipe, now have to try this recipe of yours, I just love khuska rice.

  • Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    Just something to make when you run out of ideas with biriyani or don’t have anything to go with it… sounds really flavorful…

  • Jagruti

    I have never heard of Plain Biryani, but now sure I’ll make it 🙂

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    Mayuri Patel

    I’ve not tasted plain biryani but would definitely love to make this aromatic and full of spices rice dish.

  • Aruna

    I love recipes with coconut milk and this will be such a fabulous one pot meal on a summer day.

  • Nand – I love to create, click, share, serve, eat and everything to do with food!

    Oh Wow! This plain biryani looks and sounds easy peasy and yet delicious. I am gonna try this recipe soon

  • Vidya Narayan
    Vidya Narayan

    This looks and sounds flavourful. The coconut milk must be lending a lot of flavour to the biryani. Sometimes, simple is the best! Loved the recipe,

  • bjyoti

    Wow. Biriyani is a pressure cooker! Great one pot meal. I will love that with curd or onion riata

  • priya satheesh
    Priya Satheesh

    Flavourful and simple biryani. Feel like having with raita and chicken curry 🙂

  • marianasir1973
    Maria Nasir

    Adding coconut milk to biryani is a new idea for me. But it sounds interesting and your biryani looks delicious. I’ll try it for my girls who leave out chicken anyways from their biryani.

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    Kushka is my favorite rice dish whenever I have any party or get together. I love making this simple yet flavorful biryani. Looks so delicious.

  • Uma Srinivas – San Diego – Vegan food blogger.

    Looks like easy and healthy bowl of rice! Last time I used jeera rice for Biryani. I am not big fan of that rice. But your recipe looks good.

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    Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    Lovely step by step details. will try this weekend.

  • Lathiskitchen – Hey.. I am a mother of two. Interested in cooking, reading thriller novels, struggling to keep energy levels up to my kids.

    What a flavorsome one pot dish…I love this

  • Jayashree

    This looks like a quick fix menu, nicely presented. Would love to have with onion raita.

  • Sasmita

    Its one of our fav dish after the pulao variety. Yours is looking so tempting 🙂

  • themadscientiststskitchen

    I love these with just about anything. simple yet delicious and aromatic rice. They go well

  • Ruchisvegkitchen

    Love one pot meal.. easy and quick

  • theyellowdaal – Mumbai – Hey! I am Avin Kohli. Welcome to my space. I use this blog to update my most recent food adventures, DIY stuff, parenting tips and mommy stuff.

    Looks so flavorful. I love such recipes that have whole spices as they give such a nice taste to the dish ?

  • preethi76

    Loved the detailed recipe dear.Bookmarking this recipe to try later.