The Telegraph
Thursday , October 11 , 2012
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Add real butter chicken to capital’s dining out menu
- Tandoori cuisine’s original champion to debut on Club Road ahead of festive season, KFC you’ve competition

The world would not have known tandoori and butter chicken had it not been for a man called Kundan Lal Gujral who dished up the fare for foodies way back in 1920 in Peshawar. Now, Ranchi will be able to bite into a slice of that history when Gujral’s Moti Mahal Delux restaurant opens its doors in the capital in time for Durga Puja.

Thanks to the initiative of city-based entrepreneur Aditya Sahu, the Delhi restaurant will debut at Karni Heights on Club Road sometime between October 16 and 20.

“We are in the process of finalising the date for the opening. It will be an original Moti Mahal, but we can only talk about it once all details are finalised,” a slightly cagey Sahu told The Telegraph.

Huge hoardings announcing the arrival of the culinary giant are already up in the city and the much-wanted buzz has well and truly been generated.

From Peshawar to Daryaganj to Ranchi, with numerous other franchises in between, it has been a long journey for Moti Mahal. Over the years it has catered to both national and global statesmen, winning accolades all the way. Its list of fans includes such names as Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Zakir Hussain, Richard Nixon and the Shah of Iran.

So what exactly can the foodie in Ranchiites look forward to?

Other than the signature butter chicken and tandoori chicken, on offer would be a lavish spread of both Indian and international favourites, with enough to satisfy both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

“The menu will include our signature butter chicken, dal makhani, paneer butter masala, tandoori chicken, besides a host of breads and rice dishes. To start with, there would be paneer tikkas, paneer kebabs, non-vegetarian kebabs and our trademark tandoori salads. Lassis and shakes will be there to wash the food down with, while for desserts there will be special kulfi, rabri malai and kaju rasmalai,” said a restaurant staffer on condition of anonymity.

For those not too fond of Indian fare, there will be Mexican, Chinese and even Brazilian to choose from.

After KFC, Amul and Dosa Plaza, Moti Mahal would be the next big name to entice the Ranchi foodie this year. According to unconfirmed reports, Pizza Hut and McDonald were also testing waters.

What’s bringing the brands to Jharkhand in the time of an economic slowdown?

“A host of taxes have been invoked in the last one year, but that has not stopped people from spending. Once you step out of the house, you tend to eat. Moreover, the city has a good number of youngsters who love to try out new cuisine. That is where we come in,” said the official.