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There are two methods of preparing Kuska rice, first method is home style by cooking rice in coconut milk and another method is restaurant style.
In this post let's see how to prepare Kuska Biryani in restaurant style.
In hotels and restaurants normally biryani are prepared as usual with meat( mostly chicken). When you order for Kuska biryani/ Plain biryani they serve the biryani rice without any meat in it. You can attain the same restaurant quality taste by cooking the rice with chicken stock or prepare it 100% vegetarian by adding few pinch of MSG( ajinomoto).
Kuska Biryani
India gate classic basmati rice- 4 cups
Onion large thinly sliced- 2 nos
Tomato large chopped- 2 nos
Green chilli broken- 4 nos
Ginger and Garlic paste- 2 tbsp
Thick curd/ yogurt- 2 tbsp
Mint leaves chopped- 1 bunch
Coriander leaves chopped- 1/4 bunch
Red chilli powder- 1 and 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Tiger brand biryani essence( optional)- 1/4 tsp
Water or Sawson Chicken broth- 4 cups
MSG/ Ajinomoto( optional)- few pinch.
Bay leaf- 2 nos
Cloves- 4 nos
Green cardamom- 4 nos
Cinnamon stick- 1" piece
Oil- 4 tbsp

*Note- if you are using chicken broth instead of water do not use MSG and also reduce the quantity of salt. If using water instead of broth you can use the MSG if required.

Plain Biryani
Soak basmati rice in water for 10 minutes.
Hear oil in a pan, when oil is hot add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and bay leaf, saute until the aroma of whole spice rise. Add the chopped onion and green chiili to the pan and fry until onion turns brown. Add ginger and garlic paste to frying onions and saute until raw smell of paste leaves. Now add the chopped tomatoes, mint leaves, coriander leaves, thick curd, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, ajinomoto( optional) and required salt. Saute everything for few minutes. Add water to the pan and bring the mixture to boil.
Add the soaked and drained basmati rice to the boiling gravy and stir well.
Cover pan with lid and cook the rice until soft and tender.
Garnish the Kuska biryani with mint leaves and serve hot with Chicken chalna or vegetarian chalna of your choice.

Restaurant- Hotel style Kuska Biryani/ Plain Biryani


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