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Summary Gourmet Indian Vegetarian with Atul Kochhar

Learn the secret blends of carefully balanced spices and culinary techniques that have won Atul Kochhar two Michelin stars.

If you want to reduce your meat intake, come and join Atul for a bespoke Vegetarian Masterclass and learn how simple it is to create satisfying, healthy, colour and flavour packed vegetarian dishes.

Atul will guide you through a fantastic cookery class dedicated to all things vegetarian, covering recipes inspired by his journey throughout India. You'll learn how to use a diverse range of ingredients (vegetables, spices, grains and pulses) to create food that is both sumptuous and nutritionally balanced.

The classes on Saturday 19th October and Saturday 11th January will be suitable for vegans.

Recipes may include:

  • Mango pickle-flavoured aubergine
  • Bengali cauliflower and potatoes
  • Squash and lentils
  • Spiced grated beetroot and coconut
  • Caldin mushroom curry
  • Chickpea and kale curry
  • Bengali egg and potato curry

Please note, recipes and ingredients may change.

Class structure

Cooking with your classmates is an integral part of your Leiths experience. You will cook some of your recipes in pairs, and some independently – whatever the ratio, there is always more than enough food, and often food to take home too (foil containers and bags provided).

Your day will comprise of a mixture of hands on cookery and demonstrations performed by the chef who is running the session. The exact format will vary from class to class depending on the style of cuisine and, in the case of visiting chefs, their individual teaching style.

Unless otherwise stated, you will be eating the food that you have cooked during your class for lunch, usually with wine or elderflower cordial around a communal table. If your class does not involve cooking lunch you will enjoy delicious sharing platters prepared by the school.

Allergies and dietary restrictions

Please call the school to discuss any relevant allergies with a member of staff. You can read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

Practical info Gourmet Indian Vegetarian with Atul Kochhar

What is included:

  • Refreshments on arrival
  • A recipe booklet
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance
  • Lunch of your own making or sharing platters prepared by the school, both with Louis Latour wines
  • We do the washing up!

What you need to bring:

  • Flat soled shoes
  • Long trousers and a long sleeved top are advisable

Allergies and dietary restrictions:

We are happy to make adjustments where possible. Some classes are however unsuitable for people with particular intolerances – where the menu would need to be completely different. We need 10 days' notice to be able to properly check the class and adjust the order accordingly. Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

Atul Kochhar

Atul Kochhar

Atul Kochhar’s unique talent as a twice Michelin starred chef has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. Taking inspiration from his native India, while continuously researching regional dishes, Atul has managed to combine his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create a unique and innovative modern Indian cuisine.

Since 1994, he has been at the forefront of Indian cuisine, achieving his first Michelin star in 2001. His contemporary style and love of traditional cooking techniques led him to open his own restaurant, Benares, which won him a Michelin star in 2007. Since then he has opened numerous successful award-winning restaurants including: Sindhu in Marlow; Hawkyns in Amersham and Indian Essence in Kent.

In 2018 Atul left Benares to pursue other independent ventures and welcomed the newest edition to his portfolio Kanishka, Mayfair, London in March 2019.

Having recipes featured in international publications and regular appearances on Amazon and television, including most recently BBC2’s Million Pound Menu, Atul has also written a number of successful cookbooks; Simple Indian; Fish, Indian Style; Curries of the World; 30 Minute Curries.

His work ethic and talent have not gone unnoticed as he has had the privilege to cook for Prince Charles at St James’s Palace, as well as having been personally invited to meet HM The Queen during one of the President of India’s official visits.

Dedicating time outside of the kitchen to philanthropic endeavours, Atul has worked with The Prince’s Trust and stands as an ambassador to The British Asian Trust to support high impact charities in South Asia and the UK. Atul is currently raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and in January 2019 he embarked on his second voyage to Antarctica for this fabulous charity, close to his heart.

When not busy with one of his various restaurants or projects, Atul enjoys spending time at home in London with his wife Deepti and their two children. Continuing to thrive, the next few years look full of exciting new projects for Atul and his team.


* All prices correct at time of publishing. Please note that prices are likely to change at the end of each financial year (April).

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