My Review on ‘Come Easy- Go Easy’ by James Hadley Chase

7377_original_1Hi friends!! Finally, winter has set in. It’s so exciting to have a cool and pleasant weather instead of the hot and sweaty one. This is a very apt time for one to read mystery novels. Nothing can beat a James Hadley Chase novel! After deciding to become a member of a library for about a year, finally I enrolled myself. I am so happy that I did it. In the past two months or so, I have been able to read some really good mystery novels. I’ve always loved books written by James Hadley Chase. They are of a different category all together. The suspense in his books and the way in which he unfolds the mystery is something out of the world. One of the books which I read recently was ‘Come Easy- Go Easy’.

If you really love reading thrilling novels, then James Hadley Chase is a must try. Moving on to the review of the book Come Easy- Go Easy! It is about a guy, Chet Carson who is employed with the Lawrence Safe Corporation, a company which makes safes. He is an expert in opening safes. In the course of his duties he comes across a guy whose safe is loaded with money which Chet had not seen in his life together so far. He describes about it to his friend Roy. His friend suggests that they should break into the guy’s house. Chet hesitates, but then considering his poor financial condition agrees. On their mission, Roy almost kills the guy and Chet gets caught. He doesn’t reveal Roy’s name in the court and decides to face the punishment himself. The prison conditions are really bad. He makes a plan to escape and succeeds.

He happens to, by chance, meet this guy who owns a service station cum lunch place at a place called Point of No Return. He offers Chet a job. Obviously, Chet doesn’t reveal his real identity. He gets caught in a threesome. The wife of the owner finds out about his past and threatens him to reveal his identity if he doesn’t break open the locker for her. He doesn’t want to cheat the owner as he is a very sweet person. What follows is something which will keep you glued. I will not reveal anything more than this because the thrill of reading it is something which cannot be explained.

If at all you get an opportunity, you should read this book.

See you seen, with something different.

Till then, Cheers!!!

My First Attempt at making Masala Dosa

Hi friends. How is winter treating you and your taste buds? November has been one crazy month for me. So I couldn’t come up with anything during the month. Sorry for my long absence this time (I know, I’ve been doing this quite often now). I had been waiting to try out something new for the past few days but because of the hectic schedule I couldn’t squeeze in any time to make it. When I chanced upon the opportunity last weekend I just grabbed it. Weekend is the time when there is no rush at home in the morning. So I decided to make Masala Dosa . It was something which I’ve never been able to make (after several failed attempts). I just pulled out my mom’s recipe and followed it blindly. Are you ready to run through the yummy Masala Dosa recipe? Then, come let’s rush!

Ingredients

IMG_20151205_093613688For the batter:
2 cups Rice
¾ cup Urad Dal
1 tbsp Beaten/ Flattened Rice
1 tsp Methi seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
Salt – as per requirement
Water – as per requirement

For the potato onion bhaji:
½ kg Potato – boiled and mashed properly
3-4 onions – cut into long strips
4-5 green chillies finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric powder
Lemon Juice – squeezed out of ½ lemon
Salt as per requirement
Water as per requirement
For the tadka: 1 tsp jeera, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp Urad Dal, 2-3 red chillies, hing (as per taste), 7-8 curry leaves, 1 tsp Oil

For the Onion Chutney:
½ coconut – grated
1 onion
2-3 garlic flakes
1 inch piece of ginger
3-4 dried red chillies
1 marble sized piece of Tamarind
Salt as per requirement
Water as per requirement

Method:
DOSA BATTER:
IMG_20151205_091947176_HDR– Soak rice, urad dal and methi seeds in water for two hours.
– Just before grinding add the beaten rice and grind it in a mixer. The mixture has to be ground very finely (otherwise the dosa will become harder). Add water depending upon the consistency of the dosa.
– Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well ( I made this at night and did not refrigerate it).

IMG_20151205_091925695POTATO ONION BHAJI
– Take a large pan and prepare the tadka. To that tadka add the green chillies and fry for a minute.
– Add the onions, turmeric powder, salt and ½ cup water and close the lid. Bring it to boil.
– Then add in the mashed potatoes and mix well.
– Sprinkle the lemon juice and mix well.

IMG_20151205_091853943ONION CHUTNEY
– Take all the ingredients and grind it (Add water as per your requirement).

Then heat the dosa tava, spread the batter, sprinkle little chutney powder (it is the ready made powder available at all stores) and close the lid. After the dosa is cooked and little crispy, spread the chutney and add one tbsp of the bhaji and fold the dosa. Yummy Masala Dosa is ready to savour on 

Hope you like this recipe! Everyone at home loved it. Try it out and let me know how it goes.

Cheers!!!