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Kuska / Plain Briyani – How to make Kuska in pressure cooker

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Kuska or Plain Briyani is prepared by cooking long grain/basmathi or jeera rice with all the flavored spices and ingredients used for briyani. This briyani is very special and commonly known as poor man’s Briyani, since it costs very less because no vegetables and no meats are used in the making. Kuska / Plain Briyani is popular in and around Madurai and Virudhunagar. My hubby used say, that he used to have it in all this college functions, but this is the first time I am gave a try at home. I have followed a slight variation in the making, so do check out for perfect color in kuska – CLICK HERE.

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Kuska / Plain Briyani / How to make kuska at home

Kuska / Plain Briyani is mildly spiced, mildly flavored then Briyani, so kids like this a lot. This goes out well with any raita but I prefer onion raita, any curries may be veg or non-veg and a deep fry. I have accompanied it with chicken curry, onion-tomato raita and chicken 65.  Let me share the recipe…

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #176 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi / Long-grain / Jeeraga Samba / Jeera rice – 2 ½ cup (1 cup = 160ml)
  • Onions – 2 no’s (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 no (medium size)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 ½ tbsp or Ginger (1”inch stick) – 1 no and Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Cinnamon (1 “inch stick) – 1 no
  • Cloves – 4 no’s
  • Star Anise – 2 no’s
  • Stone flower / Kalpasi – 3 no’s
  • Cardamom – 2 no’s
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Fennel seeds / Sombu – 2 tsp
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Mint + Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Oil – 1 ½ tbsp

Making of Kuska rice / Kuska Briyani / Plain Briyani –

Preparation:

  • Peel and thinly slice the onions and keep it aside.
  • Finely chop the tomatoes and keep it aside. Slit the green chillies and keep it aside.
  • Rinse and finely chop the mint + coriander leaves and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter and oil in a pressure cooker, add the bay leaf, followed by flavored spices and wait until they crackle.
  • Add onions, green chillies and ginger-garlic paste, cook until the onions turn transparent.
  • Add the mint and coriander leaves, cook until they turn dark green in color.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they turn soft.
  • Pour the curd/yogurt, cook until the oil starts floating on the top.
  • Pour the coconut milk and bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile clean the rice and add the rice followed by water to the pressure-cooker, add required amount of salt.
  • Pressure-cook for 3 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure releases.

Gently give a stir and serve hot.

Fish Rice /Meen Sadham

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I just loved to try different food, so when it comes to lunch, I got to see few pieces of fish lying in my refrigerator and I am sure that it would not be enough for my family to prepare a curry or fry. Next to that found some dill leaves lying in the refrigerator, recently I have joined to master class with Chef Gordon Ramsay and I got remember that he told – Dill leaves goes out well with Fish. As a resulted thought of combining both fish and dill leaves together as a recipe, which resulted in my fish rice.

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Fish rice was delicious, aromatic with the strongly flavored dill leaves. Fish with little bones are highly recommended for this recipe, whereas it consumes time when there more bones. A perfect rice for kids, where fish comes without bones. Give a try, let me share the recipe…

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Fish Rice / Meen Sadham

Ingredients:

  • Fish pieces – 6 nos (250 gm)
  • Dill leaves – 5 stalks
  • Steamed Rice – 2 ½ cups
  • Fennel seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Onion – 1 no
  • Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Preparation:

  • Clean the fish and keep it aside.
  • Heat 2 cups of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add the fish pieces once the water starts boiling.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic into pieces, keep it aside.
  • Once the fish is boiled, drain the water and wait until the fish comes to room temperature.
  • Take of the skin, carefully remove the bones and crumble the fish, keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add the fennel seeds followed by onion and garlic, cook until they turn golden brown color in color.
  • Add the crumbled fish, followed by pepper powder, cumin powder and salt, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  • Pluck the dill leaves from the stalk, finely chop them and sprinkle half the quantity of it to the fish.
  • Add the rice, salt if required for rice and stir it well.
  • Make sure that the rice becomes dry and blends well with fish.
  • Sprinkle the leftover dill leaves, give a stir and remove it from fire.

Serve hot with any gravy. You can pair this fish rice with coconut prawn curry.

Zarda Pulao / How to Make Zarda Pulao at home

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Zarda Pulav or Sweet Rice is prepared as a dessert most commonly during Ramzan and at times of Holi. This is most commonly prepared as a dessert in north Muslim weddings, also called as a Meeti Chawal, as it is sweet.

Zarda Pulao is very simple and easy to prepare, and a richest dessert whereas is flavored with cardamom, saffron, flavored spices and consists of dry fruits like cashew nuts, kalonji, badam/almonds and raisins.

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Zarda Pulao / Zarda Rice / How to make Zarda Rice

Due to the beautiful color and wonderful aroma thought of preparing it for Holi. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Basmathi rice – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Saffron strands – 10 to 15 strands
  • Desiccated coconut or slices of dry coconut – ½ cup
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – ½ cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Bay leaf – 1 no
  • Cinnamon (1”inch stick) – 1 pieces
  • Cloves – 4 nos
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cashew nuts – 20 nos
  • Raisins – 15 nos
  • Chironji – 1 tbsp

Making of Zarda Pulao / Zarda rice –

Preparation:

  • Soak saffron strands in ¼ cup of warm water and keep it aside.
  • Blanch the almonds/badam and slice them to pieces.
  • Heat 3 cups of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and cardamom to it, wait until it boils.
  • Add the rice to the boiling water and cook for almost 90%.
  • Drain the water from the rice and keep it aside.
  • Heat ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add the cashew nuts, chironji, almonds and cook until they start turning golden brown in color.
  • Add the raisins, desiccated coconut and cook until they double in size, make sure they don’t get burnt.
  • Add the sugar and cook until the sugar melts.
  • Pour in the saffron water and mix it well (make sure no lumps are formed).
  • Add the rice once the sugar gets melted, stir it well so that the sugar syrup will coat the rice.
  • Cover the vessel with a lid, keep in low flame and cook for 10 to 15 mins.
  • After 15 mins, remove the lid from the vessel, stir it gently with a ladle.

Serve hot. Garnish with roasted nuts.