Monish -the Man who gave Tandoori to the World

Monish is a man I have known for several years through the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  Credited as the “Man who gave Tandoori to the World” Monish Gujral is the Managing Director of  Moti Mahal, an international chain of  restaurants and franchises across India and the world.  Moti Mahal can justly claim to be the representative face of North Indian cuisine  across continents.

Monish Gujral

Monish Gujral

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.
Monish  has  expanded the Company from 4 restaurants in Delhi to  more than a 100  company-owned restaurants and franchises – 88 in India, and others  in  the Middle East, Canada, South East Asia, China, Europe and the  United States.
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.  In Monish’s words , “This cuisine is a tradition to follow, a culture to preserve and a legacy to inherit”.
Monish   is one of the country’s foremost  food- writers and  has been a  columnist with India’s leading newspapers – The Hindustan Times (‘Food Wise’) and The Hindu (‘Food Trendz) currently he is a columnist with New Indian Express .  He has hosted several well-received  cookery shows on television for   NDTV and Doordarshan. Recently he hosted Tv serial called Health mange more on Food food channel .
He is the author of two very successful 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.

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