Khushka (Biryani)

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Khushka (Biryani)

How long it takes -1 hour

Number of servings –  4-5

Khushka is a Muslim-style Biryani prepared by the people of Tamil nadu.  Vegetarians and non-vegetarians can enjoy this delicious rice meal cooked in coconut milk. Some people use tomatoes and some prefer lemon juice instead.  Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Basmati rice – 1 cup

2. Sliced onions -2 (Big)

3. Slit Green chillies – 4

4. Water – As needed

Basmati Rice


Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Bay leaves – 2-3

2. Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 Teaspoon

3. Cardamom – 2-3

4. Cloves – 3

5. Cinnamon -1 piece(2″)

6.Star anise – 1

7. Chopped Cilantro – A handful

8. Chopped Mint – A little

9. Lime juice – 2 Teaspoon

10. Oil/Ghee – 2 Tablespoon

Ingredients of Seasoning

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, drain water from Basmati rice and keep it aside as shown in image-1.

2.Wash, peel, chop onions and chop it lengthwise, slit green chillies, wash chop cilantro, mint and keep it aside separately as shown in image-2, and 3 respectively. I ground the fresh coconut and extracted coconut milk as well. (One can grind 3/4 cup fresh grated coconut add water in steps in the mixer and grind it to a fine consistency and strain it in a strainer and the coconut milk is ready).

3. Place a cooker with 2 Tablespoons of oil in it on medium flame.  When heated, fry all dry masala items one after the other in a row.

Dry masala being fried

4. When done add slit green chillies, raisins and chopped onions and required quantity of salt to the dish and keep stiring so that onions do not get burnt.

Chopped onions being fried in the seasoning

5.. Add chopped cilantro, mint from step-1 to it and fry well on simmering the flame, and add rice from step-1 to it and coconut milk as well and fry for 2 minutes.

Basmati Rice being added to the seasoning

6. Finally add required quantity of water and lemon juice to it and cook till done.  Serve with a spicy kurma or any dish.

Coconut milk and water being added

Ready to serve Khushka with Onion Bhaji

How long it takes -1 hour

Number of servings –  4-5


10 thoughts on “Khushka (Biryani)

    Satya said:
    January 14, 2011 at 9:01 am

    biriyani with coconut milk … never thought of this…super idea …i must try it
    Super Yummy Recipes

    mallugirl said:
    January 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    A nice spicy coconut flavored biryani.. we have a coconut rice that is similar to this but not so spiced up. thanks!

    anu said:
    January 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    thank u…

    Deepti Satish said:
    February 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Dear Pratibha Aunty,

    Tried this recipe of Khushka, tasted just heavenly. Never ever thought coconut milk could be used to make biryani. Had it with raitha, papad and aloo gobhi subzi. I tried making rice in the cooker for the first time in my life. Feel confident. Thanks Aunty.

      prathibalrao responded:
      February 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Hi Deepti Satish,

      Long time i have heard from you. Thanx a lot for ur feed back.

    nagaraja said:
    February 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm


      prathibalrao responded:
      February 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Hi Nagaraja,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments.

    Deepti Satish said:
    February 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Dear Pratibha Aunty, Indeed a long time that I responded back but be rest assured that I am making your recipes in my kitchen and ciculating the same among my friends and family. Doing my masters, busy with studies hence the non availability.I shall keep you posted as and when time permits. Keep inspiring us, we love every bit of it.

    Veena said:
    August 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Please let me know how many whistle need to give..since it is a basmati rice so wanted to know that is not mentioned….:(

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Veena,
      I never wait for whistle while preparing any Biriyani/pulav. I just cook it for exactly 25-30 minutes on sim flame and switch off, which will be the best option as per my experience.

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