Mohali, Oct 7 : Acting on Prime Minister Narender Modi's call to NRIs to invest in India, Amardeep Singh, NRI in New Zealand, who owns a popular food chain in New Zealand 'Ethnic Coriander's Mint '(ECM), has come back to his roots and opened first outlet here in state of Punjab.
Amardeep owns the ECM chain of restaurants in New Zaland’s South Island in Rolleston, Bushinn and St Asaph. It is noteworthy that Amardeep apart from being the Founder of ECM is also its Head Chef. His enterprise became immensely popular in New Zealand and he cherishes the day Prince Charles along with the Duchess of Cornwall visited his stall at the A&P show in New Zealand and showered praise on his cooking.
Amardeep modestly says, “It was the aromas of the Indian spices that attracted the Prince and Duchess to his stall.” Speaking to media while unveiling his first restaurant here on Monday, Amardeep said " the restaurant, sprawling in over 4500 sq. ft having 5 star ambiance., is our first such venture outside of New Zealand and talks are underway to open outlets at Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune in a year time. We will mainly focus on Metros and other big cities for opening of our outlets."
"Our USP is that we procure organic ingredients from the best sources just keeping in view the health of our customers and maintain the richness of flavour. Jeera comes from Rajasthan and spices from Goa. All the chicken and mutton is cooked with the process of marination & fermentation. We select the finest cuts and seasonal veggies that go into our dishes.”
He said the menu is just on the pattern of New Zealand and mouth watering. The signature dishes such as Murg Kadhai, Chicken Posht, Murgh Dum Biryani and Vegetable Jalfrezi, Fish Malabari, Lal Mirch Ka Paneer, Tikka Bharwan Golgappe, Palak Patta Chaat, Chicken Madras & of course the quintessential Butter Chicken, the restaurant has brought its in-house recipes from New Zealand for this all the time favourite.
The other genres of cuisines available include Ajwaini Soya Chaap, Coriander's Special Tikka and Gosht Roonaki Seekh, Chocolate Naans, sumptuous Malabar Paranthas, Kulfi Faluda and sea food, he added.(UNI)