Khushka  refers to " Khushk " in Urdu, which means plain or dry
This is a staple in most Hyderabad Muslim households and served with an accompaniment of spicy dry or wet curry. The same rice when cooked with spices, takes the form of Khushka / kushka / Kuska Biryani

Bagara Khana or khushka is a rice delicacy prepared in Hyderabad, India. The long grain rice, along with spices and green chilies, is used to prepare the rice

  • Basmathi/Long grained rice-500gms
  • Sliced onions-1cup
  • Slit Green chillies-5nos
  • Ginger garlic paste-2tsp
  • Cinnamon stick-2"
  • Cloves-3nos
  • Cardamom(elaichi)-2nos
  • Shahjeera-1tsp
  • Mint leaves(pudina)-1cup
  • Oil-4tbsp
  • Ghee-1tbsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Water-1 liter
Wash and Soak rice in water for about an hour.
Heat oil and ghee in a heavy bottomed pot.
Add the cinnamon,cloves and cardamom and saute till the aroma arises.
Add sliced onions and green chillies and saute till translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and salt and saute well.
Add the shahjeera and mint leaves and saute for a minute and add water and bring to a boil.
Now add the soaked rice and let it boil till around 80% of the water is absorbed.Stir occasionally.
Now close with a lid and keep something heavy on the lid.Let it cook on low flame for about 15mins.

The dish makes up for the vegetarians who miss out on the Hyderabadi Biryani
 Having this Rice while it is warm is so comforting, but if wish to serve it later and want to prepare it ahead of time, just microwave reheat it covered for 2 or 3 minutes adding a few drops of water to the rice. You can store left over rice in a microwave safe bowl for easy reheating in the refrigerator for upto a week. It stays good and is as fresh when reheated in a microwave just before having it.

My perfect Meal-Khushka,Korma and Fried Fish :-)

Option: If using a rice cooker,follow the same procedure and after adding water and rice,transfer the contents to a rice cooker and cook hassle free.

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    Nithya said...

    Sounds great. I love it.. We make vegetable kurma to go with it. :)

    Thanks for visiting my space. will keep coming. you have a great blog too. :)

  1. ... on February 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
  2. kitchen queen said...

    Hi Anju thanks for stopping by my blog and giving a lovely comment.You too have a wonderful blog.You can visit my blog anytime and give ur valuable comments.

  3. ... on February 6, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
  4. Jagruti said...


    You have a nice blog and good recipes too...rice looks lovely..:))

    cheers and do visit me if you can

  5. ... on February 7, 2010 at 1:00 AM  
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