Delhi High Court is set to unravel the mystery:Determining which restaurant can truly claim the invention of Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani.

In the culinary world, there’s a legal battle unfolding in Delhi over who deserves credit for creating Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani. Two well-known restaurants, Moti Mahal and Daryaganj, are at odds. Moti Mahal claims Daryaganj is misleading people by saying they’re the “Inventors of Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani.”

Moti Mahal says its founder, Kundal Lal Gujral, created these dishes that became famous worldwide. Daryaganj argues that its predecessor, Kundan Lal Jaggi, is the true innovator.

The legal process started on January 16 when the court asked Daryaganj to respond to the accusations within a month. They’ll discuss an interim decision on May 29.

Both restaurants have long asserted their roles in creating these beloved dishes. Moti Mahal explains that Gujral, facing the challenge of preserving unsold chicken without refrigeration, cleverly invented a sauce, the ‘makhani’ or butter sauce, giving the dish its delicious flavor.

“Dal Makhani’s origin is closely tied to Butter Chicken. Gujral used the same recipe with black lentils, creating Dal Makhani around the same time,” Moti Mahal states in its legal case.

Daryaganj hasn’t responded officially, but in court, they strongly denied the allegations, calling the lawsuit baseless.

Representing Moti Mahal were Senior Advocate Sandeep Sethi, Chander M Lall, and advocate Shreya Sethi. On the other side, Senior Advocate Amit Sibal, along with advocates Pravin Anand, Dhruv Anand, Udita, Revanta Mathur, Nimrat Singh, and D Khanna, stood up for Daryaganj.

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