The Begenning (1920-1947)

Kundan Lal Gujral

The inception of this unique fine dining experience dates back in Peshawar in British India in 1920. The Founder, Shri Kundan Lal Gujral, converted underground pits used by local villagers to bake breads to one of the most iconic cooking means of today. Tandoor was conceived by Moti Mahal and continues to swell today putting Tandoori Chicken and Tandoori Cooking on world gourmet map

The Spark (1947-1970)

The long journey

When India partitioned in 1947, Gujral moved to Delhi and started Moti Mahal in his new home city, Darya Ganj.The place quickly proved popular and within a year and Kundan Lal Gujral turned his small road side eatery into a 400 seat restaurant. He deduced tomato gravy, lushed in butter and cream that softened his left over chickens. The combination proved to be a master stroke and thus, by accident or an act of genius, the Butter Chicken was born.

Dignitaries like former Indian Prime Ministers, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, former President Dr. Zakir Hussain and actors Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Soviet leader Mikhail Gobachev were among the famous patrons.

The Kick-Start(1970-2000)

About the company

Gujral served his iconic dishes, Butter Chicken, Dal Makhani, Chicken Pakora, Mutton Burrah here in Moti Mahal Daryaganj Delhi. Later in 1970’s Kundan Lal’s son, Nand Lal Gujral expanded Moti Mahal in South Delh to establish Moti Mahal Delux chain of Restaurants.


The Modern Era (2000-Present)

Ashim Gujral, Grandson of Late Kundan Lal Gujral

AshimGujral has placed MotiMahal on the international map of connoisseurs. Under his chieftain, MotiMahal has expanded to an empire with its own brands such as MotiMahal, China Wall, Malabar Café, Hook’d Terrace Lounge
Majoring in Business Studies from Delhi University and Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Ashim sweated out in the kitchens of MotiMahallearning first hand recipes directly from his grandfather.
Ashim Gujral endeavours for a unique make over – a magical blend of whimsical dishes, modern Indian culinary art and ecstatic ambience.
With a tempting platter of accolades, MotiMahal Group endeavours an enticing food span completing a century in 2020, in the Indian culinary arena and hospitality zone crowning it the best Indian dining place with over 150 restaurants around the globe. His passion for food and cooking continues to thrive with exclusivity as its core ingredient.