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Day 205 – Chicken Dum Biryani, Fried Chicken and Dates Pickle

Day 205 - Chicken Dum Biryani

I wanted to make this day special and so made chicken dum biryani, chicken fry and Dates pickle for lunch. Even for dinner we had the same.


I followed this recipe, this was the first time I made dum biryani. I cooked the rice to half done and then layered it on chicken and cooked on low flame for 30 minutes. Since I used stainless steel pan, the bottom layer got slightly burned. So, make sure to use non-stick cooking pan to avoid sticking to the bottom. The rice was cooked to perfection and loved the texture of it.

Chicken Fry Recipe:


  • Chicken legs or bone-in pieces- 6 no’s
  • Oil- to deep fry

To grind:

  • Garlic, chopped- 2 cloves
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 inch slice
  • Cardamom- 2 no’s
  • Cinnamon- 1 inch slice
  • Cloves- 2 no’s
  • Chilly powder- 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/8 tsp
  • Fennel powder- 2 tsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1 handful
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Lemon juice- juice of half 1/2 lemon
  • Salt- to taste
  • Water- very little to make thick paste


  • Grind all the ingredients and make into a smooth thick paste.
  • Make gashes over the chicken pieces.
  • Spread the ground paste over the chicken and let marinate for few hours or overnight.
  • Fry in oil till golden brown. You could put a few curry leaves in the hot oil for a nice aroma.
Dates Pickle Recipe:
  • Dates, pitted- 20 no’s
  • Small onions, cut long- 7 no’s large
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch slice
  • Green chillies- 4 no’s cut lengthwise
  • Tamarind juice from fresh tamarind- 4-5 tbsp
  • Water- 5 tbsp
  • Salt- little
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  1. Soak fresh tamarind 2 inch slice or small round in 1/3 cup water.
  2. Heat a saucepan, add oil, when it gets hot add onions and green chillies.
  3. Saute till onions turn tender, add ginger and cook for sometime.
  4. Add dates, cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add salt to it.
  6. Add tamarind juice and cook till dates get mashed up.
  7. If you are using concentrated tamarind, use less amount according to your needs.
  8. Add water and cook for a few more minutes till the mixture gets thickened.
  9. Have a taste and add more tamarind juice if needed. If you need it spicy you could add ground pepper to it.

Day 135 – Mussel Biryani

Day 135 - Mussel Biryani

Don’t ask me how my weekend was. The laziest weekend ever, blaming on the rainy weather. Just wondering, why does it have to rain most of the time during spring??? Hmm, the good thing was I just lazed at home watching TV, browsing etc. I guess unproductive weekends should be welcomed once in a while. I made mussel biryani for lunch and had that for dinner as well.


Mussel Biryani Recipe

Day 93 – King fish Biryani

Day 93 - King fish Biryani

It’s officially spring, really??? This weather is in deed deceiving. It was all warm and sunny yesterday and today it was fairly good till noon. All of a sudden it started snowing heavily. Damn weather! I screamed. Honestly, I am done with snow and want some sunshine. For today’s lunch, I made a huge pot of king fish biryani. Even for dinner I had biryani, which tasted much better than I had for lunch.


King Fish Biryani Recipe

Day 14 – Quick Fix Chicken Biryani with Raita

Day 14 - Quick fix Chicken Biryani with Raita

It took me almost an hour to decide on what to make for dinner. I was out of both ideas and energy, finally I had no other choice but whip up a quick fix Chicken Biryani.

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