Moti Mahal Delux

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Moti Mahal is a chain of restaurants with over 90 franchisees in India starting with Moti Mahal restaurant established by Kundan Lal Gujral in Daryaganj, Delhi.[1] It was the first Indian restaurant to introduce tandoori cuisine to the world[citation needed].


Moti Mahal was first set up in Peshawar(Modern day Pakistan) in undivided India in 1920 by a Punjabi Hindu, Kundan Lal Gujral.[2] Gujral moved to Delhi following the partition of India in 1947 and opened a restaurant in Daryaganj, Delhi.


Gujral's grandson, changed the name of the restaurant chain from Moti Mahal Restaurants to Moti Mahal Delux -

Awards and accolades[edit]

Kundan Lal Gujral has received several awards and recognitions, such as:

  • Indian Association of Tour Operators lifetime achievement award.[citation needed]
  • H&FS Award for his lifetime contribution to food and beverage industry in 1995.
  • World Tourism Promotion Award in recognition of his innovation, the tandoori chicken, and contribution to hospitality industry.
  • Trans Himalayan Selection Award -Gold Medal for introducing to the world tandoori cuisine

Other awards given to Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail Restaurants[edit]

  • Winner Coca Cola Golden Spoon Award for the Most Admired F&B Retailer -chain of restaurants of the Year 2009-2010[3]
  • A Moti Mahal cookbook authored by Monish Gujral was awarded the Best Easy Recipe Book of the World by Gourmand Book PARIS on 11 Feb 2010.[citation needed]
  • Winner the BEST of Best Restaurant in Delhi and NCR by Mail Today 2009- 2010
  • The Franchise India Holding Ltd. – Franchise Awards 2006 on 3 December 2006 for the best in food and beverage category
  • Awarded as “Best of the Best” Delhi-NCR’s Finest Restaurants by Antiquity and Mail Today
  • Editor’s Choice Award – HT City Eating Out Guide


  1. ^ "100 years of Dilli Khana". Business Line. 2011. 
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  3. ^ Most Admired F&B Retailer of the Year: Dine-in Indian Origin Winner: Moti Mahal

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