The Story of Moti Mahal Revealed!

Moti Mahal, founded more than five decades ago, has brought about a paradigm change in people’s mind about ‘eating out. This has been possible because the art of making and serving food has been carefully honed to perfection. 

Innovating North India cooking was the driving force for young Karam Chand Sarwal to experiment and develop new concepts in Tandoor Cooking, way back in the 1930’s and 1940’s in the bylanes of Peshawar of undivided India. The tragedy of partition forced Karam Chandji to flee to Delhi with nothing but his skills as an innovation and creative user of Tandoor, an over used by the people of North India. 

What was Peshawar’s loss was Delhi’s gain as Shri Karam Chand Sarwal establish Moti Mahal in Darya Ganj, to put Delhi firmly on the Culinary map of the world; creating new concepts and recipes, new ways of presentation of food and new lifestyles through new ideas of eating out and entertainment. Top Indian leaders like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, President Zakir hassain and world leaders like president Bhutto, acclaimed Moti Mahal and relished the fine tandoori delicacies.

In fact, Moti Mahal became a must visit destination for the visiting dignitaries, famous Bollywood actors whenever the visited Delhi. 


Today, after a long and successful journey through the heart of millions of guests who have enjoyed their repast, the Moti Mahal marches ahead with confidence to light the path for those who would like to share their success and glory. 


In Pictures: Holy Month of Ramadan in India

India’s Muslims constitute the world’s third-largest Muslim population about 140 million observe Ramadan with commitment and dedication.

The holy month Ramadan, which already began, is a month of fasting, compassion and charity as a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

Ramadan is not only about fasting. Cities like Delhi or or Mumbai, with a large Muslim population, come alive, with huge economic activity especially during evenings. The markets teem with people buying dates, fruits and the fried items for ‘iftar’ or breaking of fast.

We cannot talk about Ramadan in India without mentioning ‘haleem’, a special delicacy of Ramadan prepared by roadside eateries.

Muslims throng the mosques for prayers till around midnight. The activity resumes i for ‘sahur’ or pre-dawn meals followed by the morning prayers.

Live the Ramadan Indian Experience at Moti Mahal – Zaitunay Bay Beirut. We’re waiting for you to enjoy our delicious Iftar. Call us now 01 371 002




Top 5 Misconceptions About Indian Food


What are the first things that come to your mind when you think of Indian food? Hot, spicy, oily, rich, fatty, bad for you, difficult and time-consuming to cook, curry powder…. Indian food, though hugely popular, is highly misunderstood.

Top 5 Misconceptions About Indian Food

5- All Indian food is hot and spicy 

This is not true! While spices are used in Indian cooking, they are not what makes food spicy. As for chillies (which add the heat to a dish), they are a matter of preference and can be easily omitted when cooking most foods.

4-All Indian food is fatty and unhealthy 
This too is wrong and is like saying that all Italian food contains pasta or all Chinese food has soy sauce in it. Indian food is what you choose to make of it in the fat department. You can cook a dish with 6 tablespoons of oil or make do with 2 if that’s what you like. 

3- All Indian food is rich and diet-busting 
This depends entirely on choices you make. Just as nobody can force you to eat more chocolate than you want, so should you not feel forced to eat a second helping of delicious Indian dishes. Given how tempting they are though. 

2- All Indian food is difficult to cook 
Not true again. Many indian dishes are hugely popular and so easy to prepare.

1-All Indian food contains curry powder 

‘Curry’ is synonymous with Indian food and ‘curry powder’ is thought of as the key ingredient in every dish. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

So, Now you know, but nothing beats discovering the amazing world of Indian cuisine by yourself. We are waiting for you at Moti Mahal – Zaitunay Bay for a journey you will never regret. 


– Information based on an article about Indian food from 


The Mouth-watering Tandoori Paneer

Paneer is a cottage cheese used in South Asian cooking.

Paneer remains the most common type of cheese used in traditional South Asian cuisines. The use of paneer is more common in Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh due to the prominence of milk in their cuisine.

It is sometimes wrapped in dough and deep-fried or served with either spinach (palak paneer) or peas (mattar paneer)

or (Tandoori Paneer)




  • Cubes of marinated Paneer
  • Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato
  • Bell pepper

Verdict:   Spicy. Very tasty. Very good.

Drink: Mango Lassi or Strawberry Milkshake

Now you know the ingredients, you should definitely try the mouth-watering Tandoori Paneer at Moti Mahal  this weekend.

Moti Mahal Deluxe Instagram Competition #MotiMahalLB

If you are you the customer who Instagrams their meals, you’re in luck: As of May 2nd, We at Moti Mahal Delux have launched our first monthly Instagram competition!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Take a picture of your MMD dish and post it on Instagram. Hint: Be creative!
  2. Use #motimahallb and tag @motimahallb
  3. We will post all of the contestants’ photos in a Facebook album
  4. We will choose the winning album photo based on the highest number of likes.
  5. The winning customer will get a free dinner for 2!


The last day to submit your photo is May 24th, so hurry up and snap your meal!


Below is a collage of Instagram photos taken by Beirut Restaurants. Get inspired!