Black rice is also known as forbidden rice or emperor’s rice. Since it was only consumed by emperor’s, it is known as forbidden or emperor’s rice. Black rice is black in color, but becomes dark purple when cooked. It is a rare and old variety of rice that has been growing for centuries, in North East and South India which is commonly known as Kavuni Arisi in Tamil Nadu.
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It has nutty taste and little chewy like brown rice even after cooked. Since it consumes time to get cooked, it’s soaked overnight or for 12 hours before cooked. It’s sticky and juicy nature suits it best for the making of desserts and sweets.
Black rice pongal recipe / Kavuni Arisi Pongal recipe – Pongal special recipe
Health benefits: Black rice gives impressive health benefits when compare to other rice varieties. It fights inflammation fights cancer, improves heart health, reduce weight (rich in fibre and low in calories), helps to prevent diabetes, improves liver health and improves digestive system.
Black rice Pongal is very delicious and also healthier with little chewy and sticky nature it fits the concept of sweet Pongal very well. Black rice Pongal is also known as Kavuni Arisi Pongal or Karuppu Arisi pongal in tamil. Give a try and share your feedback…
- Black rice / Kavuni Arisi (கவுனி அரிசி) – 1 cup
- Crushed Sugarcane Jaggery / Vellam (அச்சு வெல்லம்) – ½ cup
- Cardamom powder (ஏலக்காய் பொடி) – ½ tsp
- Cashew nuts (முந்திரி) – 10 nos
- Raisins (உலர்ந்த திராட்சை) – 8 nos
- Ghee / Clarified butter (நெய்) – 2 tbsp
- Grated coconut (துருவிய தேங்காய்) – ¼ cup
Making of Black Rice Pongal / கவுனி அரிசி பொங்கல் –
- Soak black rice or kavuni arisi over night or for 12 hours, drain the water and keep it aside.
- Pressure-cook for 4 to 5 whistles or cook until it becomes soft and tender when you are cooking in a heavy bottom vessel.
- Once it’s coked completely make sure water is completely dried, then add the crushed jaggery and grated coconut.
- Cook in medium flame until the jaggery melts gets mixed well with the rice.
- Add in the cardamom powder followed by a tbsp. of ghee/clarified butter.
- Roast cashew nuts and raisins in the ghee / clarified butter and pour it to the Pongal, mix it well.
- Remove from fire.
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.
- 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 –
- 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.
With onions and green chillies
With coriander and mint leaves
with ginger-garlic paste
with coconut milk
Kuska / Plain Briyani / How to make kuska at home
Gently give a stir and serve hot.