Atul Kochhar

Indian Cuisine

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Course Description

Atul Kochhar teaches you how to create some of the most iconic Indian dishes in his Indian cookery course.

This course will teach you to cook recipes from across India, including some of Atul's favourite dishes from Kerala, West Bengal, Kashmir and Goa.

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By the end of the course you will have prepared four classic Indian dishes, and will have an understanding of the history and culture of each region, and how this feeds into the ideas, ingredients and flavours behind the dishes you have created.

You'll be going behind the scenes of Kanishka, the Mayfair restaurant run by two Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar which focuses on the unexplored cuisine from the so called 'Sister States' of India.

Atul is keen to highlight the regional differences in his home country’s food. ‘Indian cuisine doesn’t exist to be honest – we have very specific regional cuisines instead,’ he explains. ‘Sometimes the tastes are like chalk and cheese; it would be like comparing Finnish cuisine with the food of southern Italy. Calling food Indian is just as vague as describing a dish as European.’

People often shy away from Indian food, worrying that it’s too complicated and requires too many ingredients. Atul is here to debunk this myth – “If you cook along with me and follow my basic steps, by the end of the course you will be cooking these dishes exactly like me.”

Atul will personally oversee your cooking methods, and will give you feedback on your dishes as you progress through the lessons.

Course outline

  • South

    Starting in Kerala Atul will show you how to prepare a vibrant Meen Moilley – a Keralan fish curry, served with Keerai Poriyal and rice.

  • East

    Moving to West Bengal, Atul will make a Macher Jhol - a very different take on a fish curry, this time served with Begun Bhaja – spicy aubergine and a bhaath.

  • North

    Heading North all the way to Kashmir, Atul will de-mystify Roganjosh, served with a mushroom side and a paratha.

  • West

    Ending up in Goa, you will learn how to make a chicken Xacutti, paired with a black eyed bean curry and rice.

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    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Atul Kochhar
    • Certificate of completion
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    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students
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    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson

    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson
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    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors
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    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

Meet Atul Kochhar

Atul Kochhar - Food & Drink
One of the pioneers of Indian fine dining, two Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar was responsible for changing our perceptions of the cuisine and helping British diners realise how refined Indian food can be. Combining the flavours of north, east and south India with the finest produce, it’s his contemporary style and love for traditional cooking which have brought him his success. Today, he continues to showcase the incredible flavours of his home country in the UK.

Born in east India but growing up in the north of the country, Atul came to appreciate food from a young age thanks to his grandfather – a baker – and his father, who owned a catering business. ‘I learnt a lot of things form a young age,’ he says. ‘Going to the market, buying the right ingredients, looking at the melons and pumpkins – it was a part of my everyday life’.

Atul already had a good knowledge of northern and eastern Indian cuisine, so decided to study in southern India to expand his culinary knowledge even further. ‘It was like being in a new country,’ he says. ‘The language was different, the people were different, the food was different; I had to put my learning boots on and start all over again. I loved living there.’

In 1994, Atul migrated to the UK and opened Tamarind, which was soon known as one of the best Indian restaurants in the world. In 2001 it won a Michelin star – making Atul the first Michelin-starred Indian chef in the world. This spurred him on to leave Tamarind and open his own restaurant, Benares, which was awarded its own Michelin star in 2006. Since then he has opened numerous successful, award-winning restaurants; Sindhu and Hawkyns in Buckinghamshire and Indian Essence in Kent. In 2018, Atul left Benares to pursue other independent ventures, most recently Kanishka in Mayfair, London.
Atul has published several cookbooks, including Curries of the World and Indian Essence. He is also an International and UK nationwide TV personality – featuring on Million Dollar Menu and Saturday Kitchen and the first three series of Great British Menu.

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