Tarla Dalal was a renowned celebrity chef, prolific food writer, cook book author and cooking show host.
India's first celebrity cook, Tarla Dalal was one of the top 5 best-selling cookery authors in the world. She wrote over 100 books and sold more than 3 million books. Dalal revolutionized the cooking industry and is the most sold cookbook author in India.
An excellent cooking show host on TV and radio, Tarla Dalal hosted cooking shows like "The Tarla Dalal Show" and "Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal". The government of India honoured the celebrity chef with the Padmashri.
Tarla Dalal was born on 3 June 1936 in Pune, Maharashtra into a Brahmin family. Following her marriage to Nalin Dalal in 1960 she moved to Bombay and started cooking class from her residence. Since then there was no looking back for this eminent chef who took Indian cooking to a different level and became a household name.
Tarla Dalal's interest in cooking led her to start cookery classes from her residence in 1966. Her cooking classes became extremely popular with ladies who wanted to enroll themselves into her class. Her first cook book "The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking" was published in 1974, it was a bestseller and sold over 1,500,000 copies. In 2007 she started her 'Total Health Series' cookbook series.
Dalal specialized in Indian cuisine, particularly vegetarian and Gujarati cuisine. Dalal is credited to have created over 17,000 recipes. She introduced to the masses the importance of vegetarian and healthy food. Dalal has written a total of 170 titles, and many of them have been translated in various languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Dutch and Russian. Her cookery books have made a total sale of more than 4 million copies.
Tarla Dalal also wrote a large number of cookery columns for several newspapers, magazines and publications. Her columns got published in Indian Express, Manorama, Mid-Day, Femina, Dainik Jagaran, Afternoon, Lokprabha, Loksatta, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Abhiyan, Malayala Manorama, and many more. Dalal also set up one of the biggest Indian food website and a bi-monthly magazine, Cooking & More, providing information on cooking, home making and lifestyle. Tarla Dalal Blogspot is a personal online journal on food and recipes. Some of the well-known cookery books of the celebrity cook include “The Complete Gujarati Cook Book”, “Healthy Breakfast”, “Know Your Flours”, “Sandwiches”, “Baked Dishes” “Curries & Kadhies”, and “Delicious Diabetic Recipes: Low Calorie Cooking”.
Tarla Dalal was also a successful cookery show host. Her show "Cook it Up with Tarla Dalal" was aired on Sony TV. The show broadcast in India, South East Asia, the Gulf, UK and the US. Another of her successful cooking show was "The Tarla Dalal Show". She has done cookery shows throughout India and many cities of the word like New York, London, Toronto, Durban, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta, Brussels, Antwerp, Lisbon, Zurich and Zairobi among others. Dalal would tour all across the world and back home modify recipes to suit vegetarian palates. She is credited with introducing foreign cuisines to the Indian masses. She made vegetarian versions of a lot of non-vegetarian recipes from foreign lands.
Ill Health and Death:
Tarla Dalal died on 6 November 2013 following a cardiac arrest. She passed away at her residence in south Mumbai. She was 77 years old and is survived by three children.
Words and Wishes:
Following the demise of the celebrity chef condolences and tributes began to pour in social network sites. Here are some important ones:
Sanjeev Kapoor: "Tarla Dalal, food writer, TV show host & Masterchef She has been an inspiration to so many of us; will continue to live on with her recipes"
Atul Kasbekar: "RIP Tarla Dalal She was kind enough to give me some of my 1st breaks in my career. I photographed a couple of her cookbooks. Ever Grateful"
Shobhaa De: "Tarla Dalal.Rasoda Queen! Thank you for the theplas and dhoklas.For sharing your passion for vegetarian food with such joy and skill.RIP."
Narendra Modi: "RIP Tarla Dalal. She lives on through the taste of her wonderful recipes. Condolences to her family."
Hansal Mehta: "My first independent cooking experience was Stuffed Capsicum from a Tarla Dalal book. RIP to the first lady of Indian cookbooks."
Tanuj Garg: "Sad to read about Tarla Dalal’s demise. As a child I remember asking mum to use tarla’s recipe books to make me yummy food."
Tara Deshpande: "Tarla Dalal, legendary Indian chef who inspired millions of cooks passed away today. May she rest in peace."
Awards and Recognition:
On 26th January 2007, Tarla Dalal became the first Indian to be awarded the Padmashree for her contribution in the field of cooking. In 2005 Indian Merchant Chambers awarded Tarla Dalal the Women of the year award.
Sons: Deepak Dalal, Sanjay Dalal
(FAN OF Mrs. TARLA DALAL)
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