Yesterday we met some friends for a picnic lunch in Fremont, so we picked up some food from Madhuram. I was intrigued by some of the Keralan/Malabar specialities on the menu. We placed order on the phone for pickup.
Masala Dosa – Large, flavorful filling, and remained relatively crispy even after 20-30 mins of transport. Sambar was excellent – lots of curry leaves, on the thinner side and with noticeable bits of dal. Chutneys were also great – coconut chutney tasted fresh and homemade.
Chicken (and Egg) Kothu Parotta – Sort of like fried rice, except instead of rice it’s bits of torn up parotta. Low level of spice, also lots of spices, and very good.
Shrimp Masala - I wanted to order kannava (squid) masala, but they didn’t have squid, so I got shrimp instead. This dish included several plump shrimp in a fairly large container of tomato/onion curry mixture. This reminded me of similar Burmese shrimp or fish cake curries. Very good.
Idiyappam - I wanted to order regular appam, but they aren’t making them currently. Ordered a side of idiyappam instead, which is basically just rice noodles. They didn’t hold any shape particularly, so this was nearly indistinguishable from a container of boiled rice noodles. But it was good for soaking up the curry.
Prices were very reasonable, and it looks like a nice place for indoor dining once that’s back again.
Located in the same strip mall as a Malaysian place (Layang Layang Express) and a Halal Chinese place (Li Zhou Chinese), this little adventure made me think I need to be visiting Fremont more often!