Chef vikas Khanna pays a tribute to Motimahal and Kundan Lal Gujral for inventing tandoori chicken& butter chicken


1920 -2020

An Iconic restaurant turns 100 this year

It’s celebration time as we celebrate Culinary journey of Motimahal and It’s Founder Kundan Lal Gujral – A Maestro whose culinary passion and inventions are unparalleled

A   Culinary trail  that was started in Peshawar in1920 by Kundan Lal Gujral which crossed all borders and placed India on the world culinary map

The legend, The Man, The Punjabi-Pathan – Shri. Kundan Lal Gujral
“This is the story of a man who set on a culinary adventure and changed the face of Indian cooking. This is a story of a man and a recipe which internationalised the Indian taste of succulence and spice in its food. A man who turned the plebeian village tandoor for baking into a royal mode for his innovation – “The Tandoori Chicken” and then came the Butter chicken. The result: a revolution in taste, a change in Indian eating habits, and a place on the international gourmet map. This man was Kundan Lal Gujral. The restaurant where he housed his innovations was Moti Mahal-“The Palace of Pearls”. The two became a legendary mix.
Kundan Lal not only made Tandoori cuisine popular throughout India but also strengthened the appeal of Indian food in many parts of the world. The Tandoori Chicken has become a draw card for Indian tourism. What more convincing words can be said, as were said by our very own Maulana Azad, former education Minister, who said to Shah of Iran on one of his state visits that, “coming to Delhi without eating at Moti Mahal would be like visiting Agra without seeing Taj Mahal.
– Uma Vasudeva (First Editor, India Today)

Monish Gujral

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

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