Feb 19, 2008

Kuska With Veg Kurma

Kuska – is a very common dish prepared in tamil-Muslim homes and my all time favorite Sunday meal during my college hostel days. .Whenever I remember my hostel days first thing comes in my mind is food, especially kuska.It would be delicious with chicken kurma. Since we guys sacrificed chicken for our diet ,,,, I am presenting this kuska with veg kurma.

INGREDIENTS (for kuska):

Basmati rice – 2 cups
Green chili – 3
Sliced onion - 1
Star anise - 2
Cloves(Grambu) - 3
Cinnamon(patta) - 1" piece
Cardamom(Elakka) - 3
Bay leaf - 1 no
Coconut milk – 1 cup
Ginger,garlic paste – 2tsp
Butter/ghee – 2tsp
Oil – 4tsp
Mint and coriander leaves – 2 springs


Wash and soak rice for 15-20 minutes. Drain rice and keep aside. Heat ghee and oil in a heavy in a thick bottomed Pressure Cooker. Add cinnamon, bay leaf, cardamoms, star anise and cloves and allow them to splutter. Now add onion and green chili. Fry it well and add ginger, garlic paste and sauté it well. Add coriander and mint leaves and sauté it for while.Now add 1 cup of counet milk and 2 cups of water.Allow them to boil well.Now add the drained Rice and mix well.Add salt for taste and pressure cook for 3 whistle.

INGREDIENTS (for Veg kurma)

Carrot,peas,Potato,Beans – 2 cups
Cinnamon, Lavangam cloves - 3
Mustered seeds -1tsp(optional)
Ginger, garlic paste- 2tspGreen chili - 3
Chopped onion and tomato (each) - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Curry leaves - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - 3 tsp
Coconut milk - 2tsp
(To grind):
Coconut grated – 3tsp
Fennel, cumin seeds, Dania seeds,gasagasa,pepper corns,Urad dal(each) - 1tsp
Chili, Coriander powder,Garam masala(each) - 1 tsp


Heat the pan with the oil and add Cinnamon, Lavangam cloves when it pops add green chili, onions, Ginger garlic paste and fry until it becomes brown. Then add chopped tomato and fry for 3 mins. Add all the vegetables, turmeric powder and sauté for a while. Allow them to cook well. Grind all the ingredients above. Now add this paste ,coconut milk and water, bring to boil well. Remove from fire. Season with curry leaves and mustard seeds.Granish with coriander leaves.
Serve hot with kuska.

This post is my entry to Think spice-Star anise by sunita.


Superchef said...

never heard of khuska!! i like the combo of coconut milk with rice and all the spices!!!

vimmi said...

First time i heard this name. very sinilar to simple pulav we make, but with coconut milk.

Kalai said...

This dish is new to me, but looks yummy. I love anything with coconut milk! And the kurma looks creamy and delicious. :)

Cham said...

Very good combination, U called it Khuska, i call it Coconut milk rice :)

Mona said...

At my house, Khushka means the plain boiled rice with a lil pinch of salt. Khushka does not have anything else than that in our house :-) I guess the Tamilian Khushka differs from the Hyderabadi Khushka.


Laavanya said...

Dhivya, my kuska recipe is similar too.. I love the vegetable kurma you have served it.. creamy and makes for a great combination.

Maya said...

Hi Dhivya, Firstly Happy Anniversary !!..Kuska and kurma seem like a great combination..And yes, Please take my cake over, ur most welcome..Enjoy ur special day !!

Mythreyee said...

Kurma looks just out of the world. great recipe.

Meera said...

First time, heard of Kuska. I have bookmarked it. i can imagine the flavor imparted by coconut milk. looks awesome. Thanks for sharing a regional classic.

SpicyTasty said...

My husband loves kuska . Nice combination kuska and veg kurma. The pictures makes me to crave for it. Nice recipes dhivya.

VINI said...

This is the first time I came across "kuska"..very similar to my jatpat pulao :). Looks delicious.

easycrafts said...

I too have never heard of kuska...thanks for the new recipe

Red Chillies said...

I have not heard of the word Khuska either. The Kurma looks yumm!

Srivalli said...

Both look good...nice pictures

Lavanya Raj said...

Dhivya..nice recipe's..Today iam going to try out your vegetable kurma. and i love to eat in PADMAM.
(see..how foodie Iam).

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solai said...

Nice snaps of recipes dhivya.nice presentation too.great going

Asha said...

Beautiful entry D, both are delcious! Love the Khushka!:)

Daily Meals said...

Kuska sounds new to me. Looks great with veg kurma.

Jaya said...

something new to me Kuska ,but i guess coconut milk does give rice some unique flavor ,also the gravy seems so rich and yum ..
both the combo seems great
huga and smiles

Laura said...

Oooh, this looks yummy. Thanks for writing about it and sharing the recipe.ct

Rosie said...

A new dish to me but look at all those beautiful ingredients - it's got to be delicious! Thanks for sharing :D

Rosie x

sunita said...

Dhivya, thanks for this unique recipe...a very new one for me.

sandhya said...

khuska looks yummy.. thanks for sharing.

KF said...

Looks delicious!!Both make a favourite combination for me

Dhivya said...

Superchef -Yeah coconut milk give excellent taste to kuska..do try some time

Vimmi - Yeah..this is similar to pulav which is made in tamil-muslim homes

Kalai - Thank u kalai..

Cham - Ohh..coconut milk rice..sounds great too

Mona - Thanks for the information mona

Lavanya - Thank u
Maya - Thanks for ur wishes..

Mythreyee - Thank u...do try

meera - thank u meera...would love to hear ur feedback

spicytasty - U can come anytime and grab ...

Dhivya said...

vini - never heard abt jatpat pulao...glad u like this

easycrafts - U r welcome

redchillies and srivalli- Thank u

lavi - Do try lavi...it would be delicious with chicken

solai and daily meals - Thank u
jaya - yes jaya...do try sometime

laura - u r most welcome
rosie - Thank u

Sunita and sandhya - thanks for dropping by

Kf - Thank u

Uma said...

Wow, Kuska and the veg.kurma both look so yummy. Love the pics.

Sagari said...

It looks so festive divya and beautiful pics too

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Cooking and the City said...

This looks lovely, i've really enjoyed looking through your blog, its great :-)

sekar said...

hi this is southindian dish,everything s k but i dont lik veg khurma recipe mam, can u change recipe pls n

Abirami said...

Dhivya it,s very useful to me.......its also called "Pulav Rice"