BM #131 Week 2 Day 2 - 

Khuska Pulao is a spicy pulao with no vegetables in it and a handy and flavorful addition to any meal. It is best served with any vegetable kurma and raita.  It is a one pot Pulao and Instant Pot makes it easier.

I served Khuska Pulao with Navratan Kurma and Raita.

Ingredients - 

Basmati Rice 2 cups
Oil 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp of Ghee
Onions sliced 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic-Green Chili Paste 3 tsp
Cloves 4-5
Cinnamon 2 inches
Cardamom/Elaichi 3-4
Star Anise 1 
Shahjeera 1 tsp
Japatri / Mace 1 strand
Nutmeg Powder a pinch
Tomatoes 1/2 cup
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp
Mint and Coriander leaves 2-3 handfuls

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak basmati rice and set aside for 30 minutes.

Set the Instant Pot to Saute mode. In the inner pot of Instant Pot, add 2 tbsp of oil + 1 tsp of ghee, sauté sliced onions, ginger-garlic-green chili paste, cloves, cinnamon, elaichi, star anise, shajeera, japatri, nutmeg powder, red chili powder, salt, and turmeric.

After the onions are sautéed well add chopped tomatoes and allow the tomatoes to cook well. 

Add 1/4 cup of yogurt, coriander-mint leaves, cook well on low heat.

After the oil separates, add the soaked and drained rice. Add about 2 cups of water and close the lid.

Set it to Manual or Pressure Cook for 4 minutes.

Quick release after 6-7 minutes. Open the lid after a couple minutes and gently fluff.

Serve with Vegetable Kurma and Raita.


Preparation Time 45 minutes
Serves 3-4


  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. This is surely an excellent biryani to enjoy Harini...Khuska biryan is a popular one in our place!

  3. Radha Says:
  4. Love this recipe! I guess this is great to make for a crowd too! Sounds yummy with kurma!

  5. Rafeeda AR Says:
  6. That is a delicious looking pulao. All I will need is some achaar and yogurt to go on the side... Yum!

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