Fortnum & Mason Clock

Clicked by kashyapnimisha

This pic was taken in the summer of 2016 in London. The pistachio green colour clock which is on the wall is known as “Fortnum & Mason Clock”. The colour of the wall ( i would say brick red colour), white windows and pistachio green clock all compliment each other. But do you know this building and clock has a little story behind it. I dont know how much true is the story behind the clock, but its quite an interesting story.

Fortnum & Mason happens to be a luxury department store in Piccadilly, London. It was established in the year 1707, by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason. It was founded as a grocery store. The store’s reputation was built on supplying quality food and it saw huge growth in Victorian era. Later, the store developed as a department store, but it continued to focus on stocking a variety of exotic, speciality and basic provision.

William Fortnum was a domestic worker in the household of Queen Anne. The royal family would use new candles everynight, resulting in the surplus amount of half used wax candles. Fortnum used to sell these half used royal candles and make huge profit out of it. Fortnum also had his side business of grocery store. Hugh Mason was Fortnum’s landlord and Fortnum somehow convinced him to be his associate. With this they founded the Fortnum and Mason store.

The famous landmark “Fortnum & Mason Clock” was established in the loving memory of their founders. Every hour, the founders come out of the pavilions to bow the public of Piccadilly and then they greet each other and go back to the pavilion, until next hour. It is said that the founders come out of the pavilion to check if everything is going good or not.

This Fortnum & Mason clock is in itself an attraction. People stand on the opposite side of the road to see the clock and the founders.

Source: Wikipedia and other platforms.

Chicken Dum Biryani

You know there are few recipes which you don’t want to try specially when you have just started cooking. Dum Biryani is one of them, at least for me. But then there has to be a first day of something new, then only you learn. My to-do list for Saturday Sunday includes “Cook something new/special”.

So last saturday i decided to cook biryani for lunch. Now to make the process little easy, i divided the whole process into parts. And when each part was getting over i was feeling happy and near to the goal. Below is the pic of Biryani i prepared. First pic is just when i had put everything on Dum. Second pic is when the process of Dum was complete and third is how the biryani was looking in the plate.

If you find the pics appealing then go ahead and check out how a naive like me prepared Dum Biryani for the first time.

So before i start with the recipe, i will divide the process in six parts. They are as follow:

  1. Marinate the chicken
  2. Golden brown onion
  3. Prepare Rice
  4. Cook chicken
  5. Put everything on Dum
  6. Serve
  1. Marinate the Chicken

Time required: 3 hours


  1. Chicken (washed properly) – 500 gms
  2. Turmeric Powder – 1 tbsp
  3. Chili Powder – 1 tbsp (depending on how much chili you want)
  4. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  5. Curd – 1 tbsp
  6. Lemon – medium sized half lemon
  7. Salt – 1/2 tbsp
  8. Finely sliced onion – 1 medium size
  9. Finely chopped mint leaves – 10 leaves
  10. Biryani masala – 1 tbsp


  1. Take a bowl, add chicken pieces, turmeric powder, chilly powder, ginger garlic paste, curd, lemon juice, salt, finely sliced onion, finely chopped mint leaves and biryani masala. Mix everything and keep it aside for 3 hours.


  1. Here, instead of finely sliced onion, we can use golden brown onion as well. But i have used finely sliced onion.
  2. If you have home made Biryani masala or you know how to make biryani masala, you can use them. Since i don’t know how to make biryani masala, i bought it one from the market.

2. Golden Brown Onion

Time to prepare: 20 mins approx.


  1. Finely sliced onion – 1 medium size
  2. Ghee – 5 tbsp

How to prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put ghee in it and allow it to heat.
  2. Once the pan is heated, add finely sliced onion.
  3. Do not put lid on the pan or add salt.
  4. Just keep frying the onions till the colour changes to brown and it becomes little crispy.
  5. Once done, take out the onions and keep it aside.

3. Prepare Rice

Time to prepare: 30 mins


  1. Rice
  2. Bay leaf – 1
  3. Cardamom – 4
  4. Cloves – 3

How to prepare:

  1. Take a container, add water, bay leaf, cardamom and cloves in it and allow it to boil.
  2. Once the water starts boiling, set the flame to medium and put rice in it.
  3. Keep stirring the rice so that it does not settles at the bottom of the container.
  4. Once the rice is cooked till 70%, put it off the flame.
  5. Strain water from the rice and spread it out in a plate, so that it does not becomes sticky.


  1. Please note, we do not have to cook the rice fully. Here i have cooked only 70%.
  2. I have used normal rice, you can always use basmati rice.

4. Cook Chicken

Time to prepare: 45 mins


  1. Marinated chicken
  2. Ghee – 2 tbsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp
  4. Finely chopped onion – 1 medium size
  5. Finely chopped green chili – 5
  6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tbsp
  7. Red chili powder – 1/2 tbsp
  8. Cumin powder – 1/2 tbsp
  9. Coriander powder – 1/2 tbsp
  10. Ginger Garlic paste – 1/2 tbsp
  11. Biryani masala – 1/2 tbsp
  12. Salt to taste

How to prepare:

  1. Take a pan, put ghee in it and allow it to heat.
  2. Once the pan is heated, add cumin seeds in it.
  3. Add onion and green chili once the flavour of cumin seeds start coming.
  4. Put some salt in it so that onion becomes little mushy mushy.
  5. Cover the pan with a lid.
  6. Once the onion becomes translucent, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
  7. Put some water in case the onion becomes dry after adding spices.
  8. Saute the mixture till it is properly cooked.
  9. Add ginger garlic paste to it. Cook till the raw smell of the paste goes away.
  10. Add marinated chicken.
  11. Cook till the water of the marinated chicken becomes dry.
  12. Add biryani masala to it.
  13. Cook till the time chicken and the mixture becomes semi dry.
  14. Now switch off the flame and put the chicken aside.

5. Put everything on Dum

Time to prepare: 20 mins


  1. Cooked chicken
  2. Rice
  3. Golden brown onion
  4. Mint leaves
  5. Ghee
  6. Salt

How to prepare:

  1. Take a big container, add a layer of chicken, add a layer of rice on top of it.
  2. Add mint leaves, golden brown onion, sprinkle ghee (1/2 tbsp)
  3. Add another layer of chicken and then add a layer of rice on top of it.
  4. Repeat step 2.
  5. Sprinkle a pinch a of salt on it.
  6. Cover the container with a lid.
  7. Set it to low flame.
  8. Allow it cook for 20 mins. Do not touch the container.
  9. Also, make sure that the container is properly sealed or covered.
  10. After 20 mins, set the flame off.


Serve the prepared biryani in a plate and enjoy.

Do let me know in the comment how did you like the recipe and if you tried.

Next Monday i’ll be back with a new recipe. 🙂

Learning Faux Calligraphy

Faux Calligraphy by Kashyapnimisha

Faux Calligraphy is not an actual calligraphy. Its fake calligraphy. It simply imitates the effects of actual calligraphy. The actual calligraphy is a unique combination of thick and thin strokes within letters where as in Faux calligraphy, we just imitate the effect by making the down stroke thicker than the upward strokes. I am still learning Faux calligraphy. Will keep posting my work here.