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A claim has been issued Delhi High Court in respect of a dispute as to the origins of the famous Indian curry, Butter Chicken. The claim was issued last week and the dispute arose between two competing restaurants, each claiming to be descended from the prominent ‘Moti Mahal’ restaurant where the dish originated is believed to have originated.

Moti Mahal, which opened in 1947, was established by cousins Kundan Lal Gujral and Kundan Lal Jaggi, along with Thakur Das Mago and Mokha Singh. The quartet fled to Delhi from Peshawar, in modern day Pakistan, following the partition of India earlier the same year.

The family of Kundan Lal Gujral brought the claim against rival curry house “Daryaganj”, alleging that it has falsely taken credit for creating the dish. The Gujral family are seeking $240,000 (approximately £188,968 at the time of writing) in damages arising from the false claims.

There has been numerous varying tales as to the origins of butter chicken, though its creation is consistently attributed to a man named Mokha Singh. It remains to be seen if each party has evidence to support their assertions and to whom the famous curry will be attributed.  

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

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