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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.

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