March 20, 2019
DARYAGANJ restaurant, a North Indian cuisine restaurant conceptualized with the principle of celebrating the culinary legacy of Late Kundan Lal Jaggi and the resilience and innovation of the Hindu Punjabi refugees, is all set to open its doors in New Delhi with due credit to his grandson Raghav Jaggi and his childhood friend, restaurateur Amit Bagga.
Late Kundan Lal Jaggi
Kundan Lal Jaggi was one of the founders of an iconic restaurant which opened in 1947 in the locality of Daryaganj in Delhi where the most popular dishes of tandoori cuisine were invented, he was one of the great inventive pioneers of Tandoori cuisine and is often credited for making it popular all over the world.
Opening soon in Aerocity followed by its subsequent launch in Connaught Place, the culinary legacy of DARYAGANJ restaurant will go back decades to the era of Indian Independence, when Mr. Kundan Lal Jaggi, a refugee from Peshawar came to Delhi with nothing but the skills to make the best Tandoori Food and started an iconic restaurant in the lanes of Daryaganj. He was the Inventor of the legendary Butter Chicken and Dal Makhani, arguably the most selling dishes in any Indian restaurant set up in India and the world.
Growing up admiring the legacy of his grandfather, Raghav who was a young boy at that time, was in awe of the iconic dishes that his grandfather had invented. Years later, he decided to carry forward this legacy and dedicate the brand “DARYAGANJ” to his grandfather.
DARYAGANJ Restaurant will be recreating the Daryaganj experience with a set meal of many courses specially crafted to showcase the history of Tandoori cuisine and its evolution, serving all dishes invented by Mr. Kundan Lal Jaggi.
Raghav Jaggi, Founder and Promoter, iterates, “DARYAGANJ brand is conceived as to celebrate the legacy of my grandfather by blending old world flavors and closely guarded recipes with the most talented and creative team to truly create a best in class dining experience reminiscent of a bygone era."
With the valuable inputs from late Kundan Lal Jaggi and his family on the secret recipes of that era, Delhi-born Indian chef, Gurpreet Singh Gehdu who has taken up the responsibility as Brand Chef at Brand DARYAGANJ will recreate the taste & flavor of 1950’s. All age-old recipes have been reconstructed to be closest to the way they were served in 1950’s and the dishes that were invented then will be clearly marked as the original on the menu, like "The Original Butter Chicken” and "The Original Dal Makhani”.
Amit Bagga coming from a family which was in the business of automobiles, diversified into the restaurant business ten years back and is a hardcore hands on restaurateur, who pays attention to every detail in his restaurants making sure all the five senses of a customer are evoked positively and they end up having a memorable experience.
The food at DARYAGANJ restaurant will be a celebration of robust Indian flavors from the post independence era, brought to life using fresh local produce. Not just the food, but the interiors of the restaurant are designed in such a manner that it celebrates nostalgia from the "Daryaganj days" and inventiveness of the pioneers.
The idea is to revive forgotten flavors on the palate, the unsung flavors of nostalgia!