However, 1947 brought the tragedy of partition, forcing among others Kundan to flee to India. Uncertainty faced him as he had neither money nor resources to start afresh in life. Kundan dropped off in Delhi to try his luck. Roaming the streets, he chanced upon an abandoned Thara in Daryaganj, and then considered a newer part of old Delhi. Some inner voice told him this was the spot, which would not only rehabilitate him but also, who knows, the Dilli wallas would see merit in his Tandoori chicken.
Thus was born the now internationally acclaimed Moti Mahal restaurant, which contributed significantly to putting India on the food map of the world. Our leaders like Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Former President Zakir Hussain among various world leaders like Bhutto, Former American President Nixon, Kennedy, Shah of Iran etc have visited Moti Mahal to sample Kundan’s innovations – its Tandoori delicacies on various occasions.Later in 1970`s Kundan Lal son Mr Nand Lal Gujral expanded Motimahal in south Delhi to establish Motimahal Chain of Restaurants by MOnish Gujal.
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