Atul Kochhar's perfect curry night

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
02 November, 2015

Chef and restaurateur, Atul Kochhar, along with other Cooked authors Anjum Anand, Cyrus Todiwala and Vivek Singh, is an ambassador for the annual Curry for Change campaign, which aims to raise thousands of pounds to change the lives of rural families in Africa and Asia who suffer from hunger. We caught up with him to talk home-style chicken curry, Thai food and why he will never be able to make a red kidney bean curry that tastes as good as his mum's.

 

What are your go-to recipes for a curry night with friends or family?

Always home-style chicken curry – it’s really simple and easy to do. I combine cumin, ginger, garlic, bay leaves and cinnamon together with caramelised onions, coriander, garam masala and red chilli powder. I then add chicken, some water or stock, add tomatoes and then cook slowly. I like to then garnish it with chopped coriander and green chillies – delicious!

 

If you could pick one chef to cook a curry for you, who would it be, and why?

David Thompson; he cooks Thai food, one of my favourite cuisines. There is nobody in this world who cooks Thai food like him.

 

What made you want to get involved with Curry for Change?

The Curry for Change campaign really resonated with my upbringing in India. I faced struggles in my childhood and so to see Find Your Feet’s campaign help people create a better life for themselves is really important to me. For many people, all it takes is for a little step up and it can change your life completely. 

 

What Indian dish do you always order on restaurant menus?

That’s easy; dhall!

 

What dish is never quite as good when you make it at home?

My mum’s red kidney bean curry. There is something about my mum’s cooking which is impossible to re-create; believe me, I have tried many times.

 

Is there a particular story experience that has touch you by working on this project?

It would have to be when I went over to India with Find Your Feet in 2007 and visited some of the people who have been directly helped by the money raised by the Curry for Change campaign. I was so touched to meet confident people – who have nothing – gain something from working with the charity. It was really special and makes me very proud to be Patron.


 

Twice awarded Michelin Starred Chef Atul Kochhar has been Patron of Find Your Feet since 2008 and is ambassador to their annual Curry for Change campaign, which runs from June – October.  The campaign aims to raise thousands of pounds to change the lives of rural families in Africa and Asia who suffer from hunger. To sign up and take part please visit www.curryforchange.org.uk.  

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