Only a few chefs in the history of gastronomy have been credited for inventing a cuisine or even a dish. Kundan Lal Gujral is one of them, who gave the world Tandoori chicken, butter chicken , and dal Makhani . He put the Indian cuisine on the world’s culinary map. The India – Pakistan partition forced great chefs to move to India. This led to the emergence of a new culinary chapter. One such man was Kundan Lal Gujral, who started Moti Mahal in 1920 in Peshawar (undivided India)
The Peshawari phenomenon set up his second eatery in Darya Ganj (Old Delhi India) in 1947, following the Indian partition and soon acquired worldwide patronage and became an institution. Moti Mahal’s guest list in India consisted of great people Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Former President Zakir Hussain, the Shah of Iran, Kennedys and ex-USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev, amongst others.
Khrushchev was so impressed by the Indian tandoori food served at Moti Mahal that he invited Kundan to set up Moti Mahal in Moscow at a trade fair for a month in 1960’s
Kundan Lal Gujral`s Grandson Monish Gujral has launched Tandoori Trail restaurants as a tribute to Motimahal`s founder and his Grandfather Mr. Kundan Lal Gujral`s culinary journey, show casing kundan Lal`s legendary inventions and innovations.
Tandoori trail restaurant also boasts of having its official cook book called Motimahal`s Tandoori trail authored by Monish Gujral which has been a global best seller and won many international awards
The legacy of kundan Lal Gujral (founder of Motimahal) continues as tandoori trail.
And the Tandoori trail has now reached the United states of America.
The father of tandoori cuisine, the legend.
The founder of Moti Mahal, the man who gave us tandoori chicken and the Butter Chicken!