Food Review – My Local Indian
Gifted – this review forms part of a collaboration with My Local Indian. In return for feedback, a selection of dishes were provided free of charge. A blog post was not a requirement of this collaboration.
Don’t fancy getting those saucepans out after a busy day? Want something easy to cook, and tasty to eat? The ‘dine at home’ options are numerous at the moment, with a number of businesses continuing to offer takeaways as we carry along the Covid roadmap to hospitality fully re-opening.
Launched in 2020, My Local Indian is an extension of the takeaway arm from Mattancherry. With its flagship South-Indian restaurant based in Taunton, the business has now expanded to open its second outlet in Canton, Cardiff.
Initially established when a group of ex-pats gathered to reminisce over the home cooking they’d enjoyed in their youth, the answer was to recreate those fondly remembered dishes by opening their own restaurant: to reflect and celebrate the diverse culinary influences that create the unique and exciting food of South India.
My Local Indian embraces this restaurant concept, and delivers it to your doorstep. It’s certainly not about filling a gap between restaurant dining and takeaway, it’s about providing an alternative.
Unlike supermarkets and larger outlets, My Local Indian’s ready meals are prepared in smaller batches by experienced chefs, and following traditional recipes- not in large industrial units. The result: restaurant-quality, authentic Southern Indian food, freshly cooked and frozen, to seal in and preserve the aromas and flavours.
Ordering in itself is easy, as you simply head online and are provided with options of local delivery (Cardiff), national delivery, or you can click and collect from Mattancherry on Cowbridge Road East.
But why should I order this over my usual Indian takeaway, we hear you say?
Well, for one thing you skip the inevitable wait for the delivery driver. In terms of convenience, it’s no more arduous than a ‘take out of the freezer, and pop into the microwave or oven’ job. So very much minimal fuss, (and minimal washing-up too!)
The choice of dishes is far from your typical Indian takeaway menu- from Malabar Prawn Curry to Railway Lamb Curry and Beef Ularthiyathu; the My Local Indian choices are very much in keeping with the in house restaurant/takeaway menu, with additional dish selections available.
Happily, portions for the main courses are available in single or double sizes, so whether it’s just a quiet night in for yourself, a family meal or a full-on Indian feast, there are options for everyone. That’s one of those ideas which makes you wonder why more don’t offer that choice and adds to the appeal.
From the selection of dishes we received, highlights included a Kochi Prawn Curry- aromatic butterflied prawns with green mangoes and coconut milk tempered with mustard and curry leaves. It states ‘serves two’, although if you’re a fan of larger portions it’ll see you both fighting over 3 and half prawns each. Solution: order two: at £10 each, it’s a little pricier than your usual curry house takeaway, but you’ll appreciate the difference in quality.
The Railway Lamb Curry edges on the hotter side than the medium heat stated on the sleeve, although we find this across the dishes, with even mild having a decent kick. That’s not an issue for a chilli fiend, but worth recognising if you struggle with heat. This aside, the lamb is beautifully soft and the portion generous. The flavours are all there, from cardamom to clove and coriander, and the wonderful aromatic spices tempt you as it cooks away.
The majority of the dishes on the My Local Indian website provide options for either a microwave or oven cook – although we preferred oven-heating the biryani. The basmati rice is flavoured with fragrant spices, saffron and fried onion, and layered with lamb shoulder, chicken or vegetables, depending on your selection. Just don’t forget your raita- unfortunately you aren’t able to purchase this on the website, so it’s worth having some ready in the house.
There are good options for vegetarians too, from the biryani mentioned above, to paneer butter masala, beetroot thoran and a dal tadka- smooth, creamy and comforting. Add to the mix generous portions of pulao rice, coconut rice and garlic naan, and My Local Indian provides an enjoyable at-home dining experience.
The My Local Indian outlet is now open in Cardiff – allowing you to order online for local delivery, or pickup from 4pm to 9.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday) at Mattancherry restaurant on Cowbridge Rd East.
At present, My Local Indian are offering free next day national delivery, when you spend £35 or more. To view the current dishes on offer at My Local Indian, and place your order, simply visit their website.