25 Jan 2024

Fight over origin of butter chicken steps up

From Midday Report, 12:45 pm on 25 January 2024

The great butter chicken debate has stepped up another notch - this time with legal action between two Indian restaurant chains.

The family behind a famed Delhi restaurant brand, Moti Mahal, claims its founder created the curry in the 1930s.

It's suing rival chain Daryaganj, accusing it of falsely claiming to have invented butter chicken, as well as dal makhani, a popular creamy lentil dish.

Auckland Chef and restauranter Sid Sahrawat says people love to fight over iconic dishes.

Sahrawat spoke to Charlotte Cook.