Restaurants by Monish Gujral

Motimahal Delux Franchise

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Our mission is to provide easy solution to our franchisee from customer handling , vendor management, billing solution, staff support .always holding our franchise’s hand for smooth operation. Owing to our international presence, our esteemed franchisee stands to gain from our vast experience and vast experience of national and international cuisine which is show cased in our menus With Motimahal`s brand pull , the franchisee will always have an edge over other competitors in the market

The company is ably managed by the Monish Gujral ,Grandson of the founder Kundan Lal Gujral(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundan_Lal_Gujral) https://web.archive.org/web/20170803162630/http://www.indiahospitalityreview.com/interviews/had-i-not-re-invented-brand-moti-mahal-would-have-become-thing-past-rather-legacy-future

Lala Kundan Lal Gujral is also known as the father of butter chicken, tandoori chicken and dal Makhani (https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/independence-day-special/story/20210830-kundan-lal-gujral-father-of-butter-chicken-1843143-2021-08-21)

Monish Gujral- a Restaurateur , Award winning Author, Food Columnist, A celebrity Chef and Tv Show Host.

Monish Gujral ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monish_Gujral) is custodian of the Moti Mahal brand, and Managing Director of   the Moti Mahal Delux Management Services, an international chain of  restaurants and franchises across India and the world. With an illustrious 10 -year old  history ,  Moti Mahal( can justly claim to be the representative face of North Indian cuisine  across continents.    He has launched Motimahal Delux Tandoori Trail restaurant concept as a tribute to his Legendary Grand Father Kundan Lal Gujral which he has expanded into a global chain

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.  

Within a short span of  7 years when he  assumed control  of the  family-run enterprise , Monish  has  expanded the Company holdings  from 4 restaurants in Delhi to  more than   a 100  outlets  chain , making Motimahal as the largest chain of Indian restaurants in the world

This  expansion  is driven not simply by a desire to establish   an empire,  but by the imperative mission to preserve the authenticity of  true  North Indian cuisine ,with its trademark substratum of Punjabi-Pathani  flavours .  With  a world hungry for Indian curries and tandoori  preparations,  it  is increasingly important that these dishes should  cross cultures and borders without losing their distinctive nuances and sub-notes.  Standardization, quality  and consistency are the hallmark of every  Moti Mahal  in the world.  In Monish’s   words , “This cuisine is a tradition to follow, a culture to preserve and a legacy to inherit”.

Monish  Gujral  inherits his passion for culinary integrity   from his grandfather Kundan Lal  Gujral, who conceived, created and gave  the world one of its most beloved cuisines –Tandoori Cuisine. Shri Kundan Lal migrated from Peshawar to Delhi during the Partition of the Subcontinent, and  set up the first Moti Mahal in 1947 , which  went on to become the stuff of legend in his own lifetime.   It was in these kitchens and under the close tutelage of his  grandfather, that the young Monish , at the age of 17,  learned the traditions, recipes and practices that today  continue to be  the bed-rock  of the  impeccable  Moti Mahal culture worldwide.

Monish’s  work-ethic  derives from a commitment to  integrity  coupled with a finely  developed business sense. And at the core of all he envisions ,  is his abiding  belief in the sublimating power of good food .

Monish   is one of the country’s foremost  food- writers and  is   a regular columnist with India’s leading newspapers – The Sunday Standard(Food Bytes Column)The Hindustan Times (‘Food Wise’) and The Hindu (‘Food Trendz).  He has hosted several well-received  cookery shows on television for    Food -Food Channel, CNEB, NDTV and National TV etc.

He is the author of   Three very successful, Gourmand best in the world award wining , cookery books  that have received wide critical acclaim:

 ‘Moti Mahal’s Tandoori Trail’ published in 2004,  besides being a treasure-trove  of recipes, includes  a compilation of rare archival photographs of  the Kennedys, Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Shah of Iran and other illustrious people  who have over the years , succumbed to the delights of the Moti Mahal kitchens. The  book was presented to the  then President of India , his Excellency  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,    who enjoyed it so immensely that he presented copies of it as national gifts to  visiting Heads of State  . The book went on to  top best-seller lists in  the Cookery genre for 4 consecutive years in several countries. In  2004 , it was a finalist for the 10th  Gourmand World Cookbook Awards , and in  2007,   it was voted  Best Book at the  Indian Curry Festival in  London

His second book, ‘On the Butter Chicken Trail’ published by Penguin India this year , bagged the   Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2010 , in the  Best Easy Recipe category , within a  few months of its release.

His third and latest book “Kebab Trail” published by Penguin India consecutively bagged the Gourmand best cook book in the world in Foreign cuisine category in 2014

In March 2010  Monish Gujral was invited by Le Cordon Bleu Paris to teach Indian Culinary art to the students there , making him the first Indian ever to be invited by the legendary culinary institute. He  was recently honored to be inducted as a part of jury by the Le cordon bleu Paris for the online chef completion to be held in January 2015.

In 2009 , in consonance with his conviction that Moti Mahal   is a  whole cultural heritage that goes  beyond cuisine, Monish Gujral compiled a collection of Qawwali  music ( a form that derives from  the Sufi tradition)  performed over the years  at the original  Moti Mahal restaurants in Delhi. The album  was cut  as a Music and Video CD in collaboration  with the T-Series music company ,  and was released by the Minister of Tourism Mrs Renuka Choudhuri

Monish  remains closely engaged  with his alma mater, the Pusa Institute of Hotel Management, using his extensive experience to teach and  train  students . He has instituted an annual trophy for the Best Student Chef , in memory of his late grandfather.

Monish Gujral and his Moti Mahal chain have been widely acknowledged and felicitated at a range of  forums  :

         . Times Hospitality icon of the Industry award 2019

  • NDTV Profit World travel brands for the most admired Indian  restaurant chain  in 2013
  • Asian Hotel Industry award for the restaurant and F&B retailer in Asia  for  the  year 2012
  • Awarded the BIZZ 2011- World Business Leader Award by Confederation of world        Business in Orlando USA in 2011
  • He received the Gourmand Best Easy recipe book in the  world for his book On the Butter chicken Trail for 2009-10 in paris
  •  Gourmand best cook book award in Foreign cuisine for his book “kebab trail” in 2014 in China
  • -Moti Mahal  is winner of  the Coca Cola Golden Spoon Award  2010  in  the category : Most Admired F&B Retailer of the Year, Dine-in Indian Origin.
  • -In 2006,  Monish was  honored at the International Chef Day celebrations  of the PHD-CCI . He was inducted as a member of Indian Culinary Forum 
  • -He is recipient  of   the prestigious  Carlsberg Award for creating  the Best Innovative Dish .
  • Moti Mahal was rated  Best Restaurant  in Delhi and NCR  by Mail Today, February  2010
  • Restaurant and nightlife magazine  awarded Monish Gujral as the top Indian restaurateur
  • www.monishgujral.com  his blog has been highly recognized in the culinary world and now has been nominated by Gourmand to compete for the Top   culinary blogs of the world .
  • Moti Mahal was rated  Best Mughlai Restaurant in Mumbai by Blurrp, 2008-2009
  • In 2006, the prestigious magazine Upper Crust ,   voted the Monish Gujral`s   Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail Restaurant , Nariman Point among the  Top Ten Restaurants of Mumbai.
  • The Ambassador India  H.E Mr.   Arun .K . Singh     to France invited Monish Gujral in October 2014 to  Paris to host an evening in Paris around Monish Gujral and released his book”On the kebab Trail “ in Europe


Monish Gujral
 was born in Delhi in  1965 .  He attended  Modern School, Barakhamba Road, going on to graduate in Business Studies from Hansraj College, Delhi University, where he topped the College in his final year.  He followed this up with an additional degree in Hotel Management from the Pusa Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, New Delhi. Here, once again he topped the College in the F&B Course.

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