Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Keralan Karavan, Cardiff delivery review

Lockdown guzzling is a constant tightrope walk.

On the one hand my already sedentary lifestyle is more lethargic than ever and I don’t want to emerge from quarantine in a few months with cholesterol levels higher than the Hamburglar.

On the other hand I want to support Cardiff’s independents as much as possible. It’s impressive to see how they’ve adapted their business models to support self-isolators and meet social distancing restrictions.

We’ve had belting beer and wine deliveries from The Bottle Shop and Pop ’n’ Hops.

Even more booze and charcuterie has been supplied by Curado Bar.

Pettigrew Bakery’s daily delivery round has brought us first rate sourdough, a Ty Caws cheese selection and the gooiest of brownies. 

Hard Lines’ delicious coffee was cycled over from their Canton HQ. 

And we’ve had cracking pan-Asian meals delivered by Da Ling Kitchen (highlights include the sambal king prawns and wasabi squid) and KatiWok

Other businesses in my sights include Leyli Joon, Mr Croquewich, Da Mara, Hoof, Dusty Knuckle, Moo Moo Thai and Saray.

On a balmy Easter Saturday, the Indian-inspired street food of Keralan Karavan was top of my list as they’d just started delivering around Cardiff via Uber Eats from Thursday to Saturday (as well as slightly further afield via preorder email).

Krish’s spice-packed cooking at Nomad Kitchen is one of my go to City Centre independents and many of his headline dishes have transferred over to his delivery menu.

Kaleidoscopic poppadom tubes (£1.50) were dusted with addictive vinegar powder. 

Stuffed to the brim samosas (£1.50) were golden, crisp and totally grease-free. Mint-fragranced, pea-studded lamb keema and a soft textured pea and potato filling were both excellent.

They were lovely accompanied by pots of tangy yoghurt and mango and coriander chutneys. 

I wasn’t sure how well a Bolly Sholly burger (£8) would travel but it held up on its journey admirably.

This Indian-American fusion is one hell of a burger; the juicy JT Morgan beef patty stuffed into a squidgy brioche bun with a golden onion bhaji and a sweet, spicy, fragrant and tangy mix of mango, mint and coriander chutneys. 

A Keralan nadan chicken curry (£7) was the star of the two curries we ate. Medium-spiced with a huge depth of flavour from a blend of 6 Keralan spices, it was loaded with tender pieces of dark meat. 

A coconut-based chickpea curry (£7) was big on chilli heat and slightly less complex in flavour than the chicken. Both were lovely with sunshine yellow, fluffy turmeric fragranced pilaf rice (£3). 

We had a delicious dinner from Keralan Karavan. Whether you’re craving a belting burger and fries or a cracking curry, these guys have got you sorted.

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