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Arcot Kuska/Kushka

The first time I heard the word "Kuska" was a few months back, while we were driving down from Hyderabad to Chennai. Before starting the journey early in the morning, we had decided on having breakfast at some decent restaurant. By the time we decided to stop for breakfast, we couldn't find a "decen


  • 2 cups Basmati rice or any
  • 6 Cloves
  • 4 Cinnamon
  • 6 Cardamon
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 Star anise
  • 3 tablespoons butter Clarified
  • 8 - 12 Green chillies Slit
  • 2 Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 2 Tomato Chopped
  • 1/2 lemon Juice of
  • 1 tablespoon Mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander leaves
  • 4 cups Mutton broth (I used a beef stock cube with 4 cups water)
  • to taste Salt

For Mutton stock/ Broth

  • 1 cup Mutton bones
  • to taste Salt
  • 4 - 5 Peppercorns
  • 6 cups Water


  • To make the mutton stock, take all the ingredients for the stock in a pan and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Strain so that you get only the liquid.
  • Heat ghee in a pan. Put the whole spices and green chillies into fry till the chillies turn whitish in colour.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook till golden brown in colour.
  • Add the ginger-garlic pastes.
  • Saute till the raw smell goes.
  • Add the chilli powder and turmeric powder and stir for a few seconds.
  • Tip in the tomatoes till well cooked and oil separates.
  • Add the washed rice into it and fry for a minute.
  • Add salt, the mint and coriander leaves and mutton broth. Mix well.
  • Cover and cook till the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.
  • Serve hot with Cucumber Raita or any Raita of your choice.


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