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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.

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Chicken Kabsa

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Arabian cuisine is my all-time favorite, which was introduced by my bestie to me. There are list of foods in Arabian cuisine which I like the most, one among those was Pitta Bread and chicken kabsa. Recently I got to have Chicken Kabsa in fattoush restaurant, my kids liked it to the core. As of Ramadhan, thought of trying out the dish and so called one of my neighbor (my hometown) who has worked in a Restaurant in UAE, got the recipe from him and prepared it at home.

Chicken Kabsa was delicious, aroma filled not only our house but also my neighbor’s: P. A easy, simple and delicious recipe which can be made at home. The key ingredient here is the kabsa masala – mixture of spices. Let us move on to the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • For Kabsa Masala:

o   Cinnamon – 2 sticks

o   Cloves – 6 nos

o   Star Anise – 5 nos

o   Cardamom – 5 nos

o   Bay leaf – 2 nos

o   Coriander seeds – 3 tbsp

o   Black peppercorns/ Black Pepper – 1 ½ tbsp.

  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Carrot – 2 nos
  • Onions – 4 nos
  • Tomato – 2 nos
  • Green chillies – 2 nos
  • Garlic – 6 cloves
  • Chicken Stock – 6 cups
  • Basmathi/Long grain rice – 2 cups
  • Lemon – 1 no
  • Salt to taste
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 10 nos
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – 5 tbsp.

Preparation:

  • For Kabsa Masala: Dry roast all the ingredients given under the Kabsa Masala, until they start crackling or turning dark in color. Remove from fire, bring it room temperature, grind to a fine powder in blender and store it in an air-tight container.
  • Peel and thinly slice the onions, halve the green chillies (lengthwise) and finely chop the garlic.
  • Peel and thinly slice the carrots and keep it aside.
  • Roughly chop the tomatoes and blend them to a fine paste.
  • Prick 3 to 4 holes in the lemon and keep it aside.
  • Heat a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter, add in the cashew nuts and fry until they turn golden brown.
  • Add in the raisins and fry until they turn doubles in size, remove both cashewnuts and raisins to a plate. Keep it aside.
  • Add in ¼ th portion of sliced onions, fry until they turn brown in color and remove to the plate.
  • Add in the leftover onions, green chillies and garlic, fry until they turn brown in color.
  • Add in the carrots and chicken pieces, along with the tomato puree, lemon, 2 tsp of kabsa masala and salt. Cook until the chicken gets ¼ th portion cooked.
  • Now pour in 4 cups of chicken stock and cook until the chicken is perfectly cooked. Remove the chicken and transfer it to a plate.
  • Now add in the basmathi/long grain rice along with salt, 1 tsp of kabsa masala and 2 cups of chicken stock. Cover and cook until the rice is done.
  • Meanwhile fry the chicken pieces with a tbsp of ghee or grill in microwave, for few mins or until you get the glassy appearance.
  • Transfer the rice to a large bowl, sprinkle the fried onions, cashew nuts and raisins over the rice along with the chicken pieces to the side of the rice.

Serve hot.

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Andhra Style Chicken Biryani

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In spite of being a food blogger, at times I get of bored of cooking, by that time we use to order food and when it comes for lunch we would prefer Biryani, in that I call up a neighborhood Andhra Style restaurant “Plantain Leaf” for biryani. Usually we go for Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani, but this time when I heard of Andhra Style Biryani, we ordered both to spot out the difference between those. I loved the Andhra Style Biryani and as a foodie I could smell the ingredients used in that Biryani and thought of trying out. Finally tried out for my Diwali Lunch, it was awesome.

Now would say a one another delicious, yummilicious biryani entering my Biryani Collections. Let us move on to the recipe…

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Chicken Briyani - Andhra Style

Chicken Briyani – Andhra Style

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium size)
  • Long grain / Basmathi Rice – 2 ½ cups (¼ kg) (I have used Jeera rice)
  • Curd / Yogurt – ½ cup (2 ½ tbsp)
  • Cloves – 5 nos
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cinnamon – 2 nos (2”inch stick)
  • Bay leaf – 3 nos
  • Star Anise – 4 nos
  • Coriander leaves – two fistful;
  • Mint leaves – two fistful
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 3 tbsp
  • Green chilies – 5 nos
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Ghee/Clarified butter – 2 tbsp.

Preparation:

  • Clean and chop the chicken to large pieces. Keep it aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and keep it aside.
  • Wash and finely chop the mint and coriander leaves, keep it aside.
  • Slit the green chilies into two equal halves and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil and ghee/clarified butter in a pressure cooker, add in the spices (cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and star anise) and cook until they start turning dark in color.
  • Add in the onions along with ginger-garlic paste and green chilies. Cook until the onion turns golden brown.
  • Add in the chopped mint and coriander leaves, cook until they turn dark green in color.
  • Add in the coriander powder until raw smell goes off and pour in 1/2 cup of water, let it boil and thicken.
  • Add in the chicken pieces followed by turmeric powder and little salt. Cook for few mins or until the chicken turns pale white in color.
  • Pour in the curd/yogurt followed by pepper powder and cook for few mins or until it gets blends well with the chicken.
  • Clean the rice, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Pour in a cup of water and cook until the chicken is half-cooked.
  • Add in the rice along with 4 ½ cups of water, allow it to boil.
  • Pour in 2 tsps of lemon juice, give a stir, cover with the lid and wait for 2 whistles.
  • Remove the lid when the pressure subsides, give a stir and serve hot.

Serve hot with raita (onion-tomato raita). I have served it with onion-tomato raita, chicken fry and chicken salna.

Note: I have used jeera/jeeraga samba rice, but basmathi or long grain perfectly matches this biryani.