Atul, renowned for his pragmatic approach to representing Indian cuisine across the globe, with the launch of NRI, has turned his attention back home to India, where he wishes to provide a similarly fresh and innovative offering to diners in India.
Born out of his passion for discovery and travel, and his extensive knowledge of the evolution of Indian dishes throughout history, at NRI, Atul serves a selection of the star dishes that were originally brought over by immigrants to the far corners of the British Empire. Dishes that have since developed in style and taste, becoming hero dishes in their own right.
When discussing his inspiration, Atul says; “NRI is about Indian food that has travelled outside of the country. As people didn’t have access to the same ingredients they once used in India, dishes had to be adapted and adopt a new environment.” Today, not only the diaspora, but the locals have also embraced this food, he further notes. It is the modern interpretation of these dishes that has helped to cement Indian cuisine as one of the most popular in many countries worldwide, in particular the UK. Keen to brings these culinary treasures back from their adopted countries, full-circle, to India, Atul comments “each dish has a beautiful story and I believe it’s a good time to bring them home.”
For Atul, the idea of NRI started out as a recipe book. Whenever he travelled for work, or leisure, he made it a point to eat Indian food and collect the recipes of dishes he loved. As result of this, NRI will showcase dishes that draw inspiration from not just the UK, but everywhere that Atul has ventured, from Malaysia and Japan to South Africa and beyond.