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Butter Chicken: Who first made ‘Butter Chicken’? Delhi High Court will give its decision soon

New Delhi: If you are a non-vegetarian and a chicken lover, then you must be aware of the ongoing war regarding butter chicken. Actually, a legal battle is going on in Delhi High Court between two restaurant chains regarding the origin of butter chicken. Now new evidence has been presented in the court in this case. In fact, Moti Mahal and Daryaganj are claiming their respective shops to be the real originators of butter chicken. The debate regarding this is going on in the court in January.

Demanded compensation of 2.4 lakh dollars

Popular Moti Mahal restaurant chain says they deserve the title of being the original originator of butter chicken and Daryaganj restaurant chain should stop this claim. Along with this, he should also pay compensation of 2.4 lakh dollars. Moti Mahal says that its founder Kundan Lal Gujral created the creamy butter chicken in his restaurant in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) in the 1930s, after which he moved to Delhi.

Daryaganj restaurant rejected all the claims of Moti Mahal

On the other hand, Daryaganj restaurant chain says that the story of Moti Mahal making this butter chicken does not seem to be true, its only purpose is to mislead the court. Daryaganj, in its 642-page counter document, has completely rejected Moti Mahal’s claim. Daryaganj says that Kundan Lal Jaggi, a late member of their founding family, created the recipe for butter chicken. At that time he had come to Delhi and was managing the kitchen of the restaurant there. Whereas his friend and colleague from Peshawar, Gujral looked after only the marketing work.

Video presented in court

Let us tell you that both the people are no more in the world. Gujral died in 1997 and Jaggi in 2018. The evidence presented in the court includes a black and white photograph from the 1930s in which the two friends are seen in Peshawar. Along with this, the court also includes the partnership agreement of 1949, Jaggi’s business card after coming to Delhi and the video of 2017 in which Jaggi is talking about the origin of butter chicken.

Court will hold next hearing on May 29

Daryaganj says that due to friendship and partnership, both the parties can claim that their ancestors had made this dish. He describes this entire controversy as just a competition between two businesses. Moti Mahal refused to comment on this. The judge will next hear the case on May 29. The court has to give its verdict in this dispute as to where, when and who started Butter Chicken? Brand experts say that Butter Chicken is ranked 43rd in the list of world’s best dishes by TasteAtlas. In such a situation, knowing who created it is important for brand identity.

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