Madhav – Riverside

Cardiff

My obsession with Indian cuisine is seriously getting out of hand. Only a mere two days after my trip to Kimi’s Indian Rajasthani food truck I found myself stood outside Madhav’s window, gazing in like Kevin Mcallister into the toy store window. Madhav is my idea of total heaven. A supermarket and a street food cafe combined, you can pick up your spices and ingredients in one side of the store and then stumble into the other for some freshly made, piping hot street food. I did just that.

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Madhav isn’t glitz and glam, the decor is basic and no frills, but the food speaks for itself. Firstly, if you are a fan of Indian cooking then look no further. Spices and ingredients here are a third of the price of the high street supermarkets. In my Christmas fuelled haze I paid an eye-watering £3.50 for a measly three cinnamon sticks in Tesco. After a short wander around Madhavs Supermarket, I picked up a large pack of cinnamon sticks (£0.79), fennel seeds (£0.79), Garam Masala (£0.99) and a large block of my absolute favourite, Paneer (£1.89). Now if you ask me, that is unbelievable value. Who says you can’t cook from scratch for cheap?

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As soon as I finished walking around the supermarket cursing Tesco as I looked at the price sticker on every single product I could lay my hands on, I decided to try a few Indian delicacies. I had every intention that evening of going home to make a crab and prawn stir fry so made the decision to get some Bhajees, Potato Balls and Samosa to-go so that we could enjoy them as a snack before dinner. Let’s just say I made a huge misjudgment and instead I’m enjoying my crab and prawn stir fry whilst I write this a day later.

The bhajees were crisp, sweet and delicious. Everything a bhajee should be. They seemed to have a mix of both red and white onions which gave them a lovely flavour. I loved the big pieces of green chilli too, it’s not often that you find bhajees with so many fresh ingredients but these hit the spot.

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The potato balls were a little bit cakey for my liking but I put that down to the fact that I transported them home in a carrier bag for 15 minutes so the crispness may have been the victim of some unwanted sweating. That being said, they were full of mustard and fennel seeds which provided a lovely crunch.

My favourite had to be the lamb samosas. It’s hard to believe these are deep fried because they taste unbelievably light. The crisp samosa casing was full to the brim with a warm-spiced lamb and pea filling. I often find with samosas that they taste of curry powder and not much else, but these had a real warmth. Hints of cinnamon and chilli made these a real winner for me.

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By the time Mr. PL and myself had consumed everything that we had bought there was no feasible way that we needed dinner. We sat in a deep fried Indian street food-induced daydream in front of the fire and barely moved all evening.

Places like Madhav are what make Cardiff for me, definitely worth a visit!

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