Moti Mahal Delux

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"Moti Mahal Delux" is a chain of restaurants with over 90 franchisees in India starting with Moti Mahal restaurant established by Kundan Lal Jaggi, Thakur Das Mago and 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 1947 in Daryaganj, Delhi, in the newly born India by three Punjabi Hindus, Kundan Lal Jaggi, Thakur Das Mago and Kundan Lal Gujral.[2] The three owners with equal share of the restaurant moved to Delhi following the partition of India in 1947. Kundan Lal Jaggi and Kundan Lal Gujral migrated to India from Peshwar in modern day Pakistan.


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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