Brown rice kuska

Main Dish
2 servings
15 min
45 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 2
Brown basmati rice, 1 cup.

Onions, medium-size, 3.

Green chilies, 1-2.

Ginger-garlic paste, 1 tablespoon.

Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.

Chopped mint leaves, ½ cup.

Curry leaves and cilantro for garnishing.

Cinnamon, 1 small stick.

Bay leaf, large, 1.

Cloves, 2.

Star anise, 1.

Cardamom, 2 pods.

Fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon.

Briyani masala powder, 1 teaspoon.

Chicken broth or vegetable broth for cooking the rice, 1 cup mixed with 1 cup of water. The broth can be store bought or homemade, even fat-free versions are available in the groceries.

Yogurt,1 tablespoon.

Salt as per taste.

Cashews, 1 tablespoon.


  • Wash the rice well and soak it for 30 minutes and cook the rice in the chicken or vegetable broth until the grains are fluffy.
  • The rice can be cooked either in pressure cooker or microwave. If pressure cooker is used for cooking, cook the rice just up to 3 whistles. Let the rice cool.
  • Meanwhile dice the onions and tomatoes finely. Heat a thick bottomed pan, with 2 tablespoons of oil. When the oil turns hot, add all the spices and cashews and let them fry for a minute.
  • Then add the chopped onions and curry leaves and sauté them for a few minutes until the onions turn brown. Now add the chopped tomatoes, slit green chilies, ginger-garlic paste and keep sautéing until everything is blended.
  • Add the chili powder, briyani masala, yogurt, and salt and let it cook for a few more minutes. When the mixture is well blended and good smell starts coming from the mixture.
  • Add the cooked brown rice, chopped mint and cilantro leaves, mix everything and lower the flame. Cook closed for 15 minutes under low flame and switch off the stove.
  • Another method is at this stage, the contents can also be transferred to a baking dish and closed with an aluminum foil as tightly as possible and cooked in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve hot kuska with raita and any spicy vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes and enjoy.




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