Moti Mahal Delux

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Moti Mahal Delux
Industry Hospitality
Founded c.1920 Peshawar, Pakistan
Founder Kundan Lal Jaggi
Headquarters Delhi, India
Key people
Products Restaurants
Website Moti Mahal Delux

Moti Mahal is a global chain of restaurants with over 120 franchises in India and around the world.[1][2] Moti Mahal was founded c. 1920 in Peshawar, Pakistan.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Moti Mahal was the first to introduce tandoori cuisine, butter chicken and dal makhani to the world.[9][10]


The story of Moti Mahal dates back to c. 1920 when Mokha Singh Lamba started a small eatery in Peshawar, Pakistan. Kundan Lal Jaggi worked for Mokha Singh in Peshwar, Pakistan.[11] Moti Mahal was the first to dig up a tandoor right in the middle of the eatery and since then Peshawar was introduced to the culinary art of tandoori chicken by them. This was a success and soon there was in demand for Tandoori at social gatherings and wedding feasts where they would use an improvised tandoor.

After the partition in 1947, Kundan Lal Jaggi and Gujral fled to India. Uncertainty faced them as they had neither money nor the resources to start afresh in life. They dropped off in Delhi to try their luck. Roaming the streets, they chanced upon an abandoned thara in Daryaganj, and then considered a newer part of Old Delhi. Kundan Lal Jaggi and Gujral then started Moti Mahal, Daryaganj with another partner, Thakur Das Mago.[12] Moti Mahal further went on to invent butter chicken and dal makhani.[13][14][15][16][17] This brought about a revolution in taste and a place on the International Gourmet Map.[18][19]

Thus was born the Moti Mahal Restaurant, which contributed significantly to putting India on the food map of the world. Indian leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Zakir Hussain among various world leaders like Benazir Bhutto, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi etc. have visited Moti Mahal to sample Kundan’s innovations – its tandoori delicacies on various occasions.[20][21][22] And M. Maulana Azad, the great Muslim leader, reportedly told the Shah of Iran that while in India he must make two visits - to the Taj Mahal and Moti Mahal.[23] Later in 1970`s Kundan Lal’s son Mr Nand Lal 'Bila' Gujral, upon the exit of Thakur Das Mago from the partnership, expanded Moti Mahal Delux in south Delhi to establish Moti Mahal Delux Chain of Restaurants.

However, Gujral's grandsons Monish and Ashim Gujral have significantly expanded the chain in the last decade via the franchisee model.[24][25]

Monish Gujral[edit]

Monish Gujral is the grandson of Kundan Lal Gujral. He is a graduate of Delhi University and studied hotel management at the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, Delhi, before joining his illustrious grandfather, Kundan Lal Gujral, at his restaurant, Moti Mahal Delux. Not only has Monish kept his grandfather’s legend alive, he has expanded the brand and launched the Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail, Moti Mahal Delux & Moti Mahal chain of restaurants with pan India and international operations, spread over a hundred franchises.

Monish’'s first cookbook was a bestseller in several countries and was chosen as the finalist for the 10th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2004. On the Butter Chicken Trail, his second cookbook, won the Gourmand World Best Easy Recipe Cookbook 2009. His third, "On The Kebab Trail" has won the Gourmand Cook Books Award for the Best Foreign Cuisine Cookbook in India.

He is also an avid food blogger and his blog won a special jury award in 'Best in the World' category which will be presented to him at the Gourmand Awards in Chinese wine capital Yantai on June 8.[26]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Moti Mahal, Daryaganj has made a great contribution towards taking Indian culinary to the world. Kundan Lal's contributions also augmented the tourism industry both nationally and internationally. He has been awarded several awards and recognition namely:

  • IATO (Indian Association of Tour Operators) - Lifetime Achievement Award for introducing tandoori cuisine to the world in 1991.
  • H&FS Award for his life time contribution to food and beverage industry in 1995.
  • World Tourism Promotion Award in recognition of his innovation, the tandoori chicken, and contribution to the hospitality industry.
  • Trans Himalayan selection Award Gold Medal for introducing to the world tandoori cuisine.
  • World Business leader award for inspiring companies by a confederation of world business in USA.
  • NDTV Most Admired Indian Restaurant Chain - 2014
  • World Travel Brands Winner - 2014
  • International Chefs Day - Indian Culinary Legend "Kundan Lal Gujral" - 2014

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.
  • Most Admired F&B Retailer of the Year: Dine-in Indian Origin.
  • 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.
  • Winner the BEST of Best Restaurant in Delhi and NCR by Mail Today 2009- 2010.
  • Awarded the Best Restaurant in Mumbai by 2008-2009.
  • 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
  • International Chefs Day - Chef Awards 2007 by Indian Federation Associations.

List of restaurants in India[edit]

Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail

In Delhi/NCR:

  • 159 Arjun Nagar near Bara Gurudwara, Safdarjung Enclave New Delhi
  • D-6/24, Raghunath Mandir Road, Lal Quarter New Delhi
  • BA-142A, Janakpuri, Near Tilak Nagar/Jail Road New Delhi
  • M-30, M-Block Market, New Delhi
  • 3C’S Food Court Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
  • J-158, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
  • G3-G4, Royal Vardhman Plaza Gujrawala Town-1, New Delhi
  • Fun Mall, Netaji Subhash Place, New Delhi
  • Hotel La Saphire, Mahipalpur, New Delhi
  • R -551 Shankar Road, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi
  • Restro Bar, Ground Floor, Metrowalk Unitech Mall, Rithala, New Delhi
  • 18/28, East Patel Nagar Market, New Delhi
  • C7, 1st Floor Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
  • Shop No. 2, 1st Floor, V3S Mall, Laxmi Nagar District Center, New Delhi
  • Shop No. 34-35, 2nd Level, West Gate Mall, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
  • Q-25, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi
  • D.T City Center Mall, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi
  • S-12, St Soldier Tower, Vikas Puri, New Delhi
  • Gaur Central, FC-4 3rd Floor, RDC, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad
  • D-38, RDC Ground Floor, Raj Nagar (Restaurant), Ghaziabad
  • D-38, RDC Ground Floor, Raj Nagar (Banquet), Ghaziabad
  • D-38, RDC Ground Floor, Raj Nagar (Lounge & Bar), Ghaziabad
  • 2nd Floor, Pacific Mall, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad
  • Shop No. 32-33, 2nd Floor, Shipra Mall, Indrapuram, Ghaziabad
  • 2nd Floor, Opulent Mall, Ghaziabad
  • SD 189, Ground Floor, Jaipuria Sunrise Plaza, Inderapuram, Ghaziabad
  • Shop No. 310, 3rd Floor, The Great India Place, Sector 38, Noida
  • Wave Centerstage Mall, Sector 18, Noida
  • Centarl Market, Sector 50, Noida
  • H-224K, 1st Floor, Sector 63, Noida
  • 2nd Floor, D.T City Center, Gurgaon
  • 7 & 8, Ground Floor, Tower C, DLF Cyber Green, DLF City Phase 3, Gurgaon
  • Amba Residency Hotel, Plot No. 383, Old Delhi Road, Sector 14, Gurgaon
  • 10, First Floor, B Block Market, Sohna Road, Sector 49, South City 2, Gurgaon
  • G18 G-Floor Central Plaza Mall Sector 53 Gurgaon
  • S-14, 15, 16, 2nd Floor, Ansal Plaza Mall, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon
  • Shop NO.9,10. Eros Garden Charmwood Village, Faridabad
  • Badkal, Faridabad

In Jammu & Kashmir:

  • GS MAll (P) LTD, Counter No. – 7, Channi Rama
  • Bahu Plaza

In Haryana:

  • Balaji Tower, Sagwan Chowk (Restaurant), Sirsa
  • Balaji Tower, Sagwan Chowk (Banquet), Sirsa
  • Plot No.4, Opp. Pla.Camp Chowk, Hisar
  • MG Club & Resorts, Mirzapur Chowk, Delhi Bypass, Hisar
  • TDI Mall, Kundli
  • Shop no-126, Brass Market, Rewari
  • Daana Paani Food Court, CHD City, NH – 1, Karnal
  • SCO -17 ,1st Floor ,Sec -13, Main Market, Karnal
  • Sheela Byepass Chownk, Rohtak

In Uttrakhand:

  • Walkway Mall, Near Tehri pulia, Nainital road, Haldwani
  • Silver Arch Hotel, Sylverton Estate, D Mall Picture Palace, Mussoorie
  • Anand’s Awe-spring NH-74, Kashipur Road, Rudrapur

In Uttar Pradesh:

  • Landmark Mall, 2nd Floor, Centre Point, Aligarh
  • Chat Trail, 1st Floor, Om Arcade, 7-Park Road, Golghar, Gorakhpur
  • 421, 4th Floor, Sahara Ganj Mall, Shahnazaf Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow
  • Vinayak City Center Mall, Sardar Patel Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad
  • Food Court, Fun Republic Mall, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
  • 70-71, Gandhi Nagar, Bye Pass Road (Restaurant), Agra
  • 70-71, Gandhi Nagar, Bye Pass Road (Banquet), Agra
  • 112, Mahalaxmi Tower, Civil Lines (Restaurant), Bareilly
  • 112, Mahalaxmi Tower, Civil Lines (Banquet), Bareilly
  • Phonix Mall, Bareilly

In Punjab:

In Rajasthan:

  • SHOP NO – 6, Ground Floor, Sunrise Galleria, Alwar Road, Bhiwadi
  • 5, Kamal Mansion, Mirza Ismail Road, Ashok Nagar, Jaipur
  • 2nd & 3rd Floor, Plot No. 657, 11th C Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur
  • A K Hotels, Sri Ganganagar
  • GF-1, Ansal Courtyard, Sushant City, Ajmer

In Himachal:

In Gujrat:

  • 1st Floor, Siddarth Patel Square, Malhar Point, Lions Circle, Opp Vaccine, O.P. Road, Vadodra

In Madhya Pradesh:

  • Ground Floor, Arpit Apartment, Near Nagrath Chowk, Jabalpur
  • Food court, Ashima Mall, Bhopal
  • Restro & Bar, Ashima Mall , Bhopal

In Chhattisgarh:

In Bihar:

  • Opposite P & M Mall, Industrial Estate Road, Patliputra, Patna

In Jharkhand:

  • Karni Heights, Near Milan Palace, Club Road, Ranchi
  • Crystal Square Kharkai Link Road, Bistapur, Jamshedpur

In Assam:

  • Rajawas Hotel, Chhota Gola, A.T Road, Dibrugarh
  • 6-11, Ground Floor, Anil Plaza, GS Road, Bhangagarh, Guwahati

In Maharashtra:

  • Shop No-5, Rustomjee Ozone, Goregaon Mulund Link Road, Goregaon (w), Mumbai
  • A-7, Optionz, Nahar Shopping Complex, Nahar Amrit Shakti,Chandivali, Powai, Mumbai
  • Shop No. 102, 1st Floor, CR2 Mall, Nariman Point, Mumbai
  • 21-A, Level-2, Inorbit Mall, Malad West, Mumbai
  • 2nd Floor, Oberoi Mall, Mumbai
  • R-2, 3rd Floor, Neptune Magnet Mall, Living Point, L.B.S. Marg, Bhandup (W), Mumbai
  • Phoenix Mall Kurla, Mumbai
  • Unit No-T6,3rd floor,Magaratta City,Hdasar, Pune

In Andhra Pradesh:

  • R.K. Towers, 18-1-45A, R.K. Enclave. Near Annarao Circle, Santhi Nagar K.T. Road, Tirupati
  • 1st Floor , Millennium Square, Lumbini Avenue, Gachibowli, Hyderabad
  • F-6, 3rd Floor, Manjeera Trintiy Mall, Kukatpally, Ranga Ready, Hyderabad
  • Sun Towers, Above Axis Bank, 4 th Floor, Hitech City, Hyderabad

In Karnataka:

  • No – 331, 27th Main, Sector – 2, HSR Layout, Bengalluru
  • No-63,2 nd Floor, Behind Estime Mall, Red Shore Plaza, Chiranjeevi, Hebbal, Bengalluru

In Tamil Nadu:

  • Ambit IT Park, 32 A/B, Ambattur Industrial Area, Chennai
  • No 2 Vaikund Govardhan, Second Floor, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai
  • 41/42, Race Course Road,Opp. Collector’s Bunglow, Coimbatore

In Kerala:

List Of Restaurants Outside India[edit]

In Qatar:

In Oman:

In Tanzania:

External links[edit]


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