Kuska is a plain biryani which is generally prepared using basmati rice, ghee and spices without adding veggies, meat or fish. In my today's diet friendly series, I have prepared this aromatic rice using brown rice and without an addition of ghee. This can be served along with low fat curd raita or kurma. The texture, flavor and taste will be same as the regular kuska, additionally very healthy too. So, no more guilt while craving for biryani during dieting days. Here comes my style of guilt free delicious and flavorful biryani recipe....
1 Cup Brown Basmati Rice ( I have used Dawaat brand )
1 Big Onion, Sliced
2 Green chillies, chopped
1 Tomato, chopped
Handful of Coriander leaves
Handful of Mint leaves
2 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Gingelly Oil
2 Bay leaves
1 Star anise
1/2 Tsp Shajeera
1 inch Cinnamon stick
3 Cups Water
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
Salt to taste
2 Tsp Ginger Garlic paste
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp Red chilli powder
2 Tbsp Curd
Wash and soak the brown rice for 2 hours.
Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaves followed by star anise, elachi, shajeera and cinnamon stick.
Add little mint leaves ( reserve the remaining for garnishing ) along with the sliced onion and fry it for half a minute.
Add ginger garlic paste along with chopped tomato and saute well, till the raw smell goes off.
Meanwhile, grind green chillies and coriander leaves into fine paste.
Add the green chilli paste to the onion - tomato mixture followed by turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt.
Saute and cook by adding 2 tbsp of water and curd till the masala blends well or till the oil starts separating from the pan.
Drain the water from the brown rice and add it to a electric rice cooker.
Evenly spread the masala on top of the rice and add the remaining water.
Adjust salt, add lemon juice and close the lid.
Cook till the electric cooker turns to warm mode.
Switch off the cooker and keep it aside for 5 - 10 minutes.
Garnish with the remaining mint leaves and serve hot.
Serving Options :
Serve hot with Low fat curd Raita.