” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal ” : The Last Dish


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           NOVEMBER 10 , 2013           06.35 P.M.

Tarla Dalal

1936 – 6 November 2013

India‘s first celebrity chef , noted food writer , the first prolific Cook Book author of repute , first Cookery Show anchor and a specialist in vegetarian dishes , who left a rich legacy of staggering 17,000 recipes , Tarla Dalal died of cardiac arrest on November 06 , 2013 in Mumbai at the age of 77 years .

Tarla Dalal

Tarla Dalal


She arrived on the culinary landscape 40 years ago . It was much before television reached most parts of India and became an integral part of our lives . Almost 40 years before the omnipresent television , she arrived on the scene with a bang with her first book ” The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking ” . It was published in 1974 and became best – selling book . She , though , started her career by taking cooking classes in 1966 .

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[ Pleasures Of Vegetarian Cooking

Tarla Dala’s first cookbook which was published in 1974 and is in its 25th reprint today.

It contains over 250 delicious recipes that are practical, quick and easy.
So go ahead ,ensure your copy today !

Recipes included are:
Mint Julep / Frosty Fruit Ale / Leek Soup / Sunshine Salad / Spring Rolls / Moughlai Cauliflower / Biryani / Lasagne Verdi / Lemon Ice Cream / Orange Gateau / Chocolate Eclairs

Pages : 184 / Recipes :258 / Recipes in Colour : 69

Price: Rs.250  – Taken & being quoted from http://www.tarladalal.com ]

Screen - Shot of Tarla Dalal's Website

Screen – Shot of Tarla Dalal’s Website

Since then she has written over 100 books and sold more than 3 million books . She also runs the largest Indian food web site , and published a bi-monthly magazine  ” Cooking & More ” .

Though she wrote about many cuisines and healthy cooking , she specialized in Indian cuisine , particularly Gujarati cuisine .

She was the first to host a TV show on cooking . ” Tarla Dalal Show ” and ” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal “ on Sony Entertainment Television are her two most notable cooking shows . The last-named weekly show ran for 3 years on Sony TV . Her cooking show is broadcast all over South East Asia, India, the Gulf, the United Kingdom and United States of America.


She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2007 . She was also awarded Women of the Year by Indian Merchants’ Chamber in 2005 .

Awarded Padma Shri by President Kalam

Awarded Padma Shri by President Kalam

I came to know about her through Sudhanshu Pandey . He was the co-anchor of her show  ” Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal “ . He is my student and he told me about the show . I started watching the show and gradually became familiar with Tarla Dalal .

Then I saw some books written by her in various book stores . I browsed through them . Such books are normally dull and boring . Tarla Dalal had unique distinction of making even cooking book interesting . I , since then , became an ardent fan .


It is noteworthy that she did all this , much before the advent of Sanjeev Kapoor , the current favourite . Sanjeev Kapoor stars in the cooking TV show Khana Khazana , which is the longest running show of its kind in Asia . But Tarla Dalal did all this much before him and that too without the help of all-pervading , all-intrusive television . She is the pioneer . She is the first flag-bearer .

English: Sanjeev Kapoor at FoodFood Channel La...

Sanjeev Kapoor at FoodFood Channel Launch. Photo: FilmiTadka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Much before the arrival of Vir Sanghavi , the celebrated food writer , she started writing about food . I like Vir Sanghavi’s column ” Rude Food ” in Sunday Hindustan Times Cafe and read it religiously . But Tarla Dalal is my first favourite because she started it first . She heralded a new path . She chose to travel on the unbeaten track . Without any clear leader to follow , she chose to take a road less travelled . Only Madhur Jaffery was on the culinary scene before her . Therefore Tarla Dalal deserves our appreciation for this feat .


It is not for nothing that she commanded unprecedented popularity among the masses . Her feat is unparalleled , her success unprecedented .


Insignia of Brand VIDUR

On behalf of all the students and staff of VIDUR Acting Institute , which is known as Vidur’s Kreating Charakters  , I offer my condolences to her family members and her fans , who are spread in every nook and corner of the world .

VIDUR Editing Studio , VIDUR Club and VIDUR Theatre also express grief and offer tribute .

May her soul rest in peace ! Her demise is the big loss of the culinary world of India .













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