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


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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.

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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 .

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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 .

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

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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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Hotel – 1 : Udaipur [ Hotel Akshay Niwas ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 10 , 2012           11.15 P.M.

I have always admired two journalists cum columnists cum TV show anchors of my country . They are Ms. Anupama Chopra and Mr. Vir Sanghvi .

Ms. Anupama Chopra is a film journalist , who writes her movie review columns in Hindustan Times and India Today . She also writes for international papers like ; The New York Times , The Los Angeles Times , Variety and Sight & Sound and she also writes and anchors her well – known TV shows ” Picture This “ on NDTV 24 x 7  and ” The Front Row “ on Star World channel .

Mr. Vir Sanghvi is a political journalist , writes his column about Food & Culinary and Hotel & Hospitality in Sunday Brunch of Hindustan Times and also presents his famous shows ” A Matter of Taste “ on Discovery channel and ” Custom Made for Vir Sanghvi “ on NDTV Good Times . His other two successful TV shows are ” Foodistan “ for NDTV Good Times and ” Achievers Club “ on Star World .

Wow , what a life man ! They both have authored several books also . And they are globe – trotting celebrities . It’s a life worth living when you are get paid to live in 5 / 7 star hotels . You are offered best of cuisines on platter and instead of you paying the bill , you are offered money in lieu of tasting that exotic food . You interview mightiest of stars in swanky hotels and demand and get remuneration for it . God , this is the life I fancy !!

I always wanted to be like them . I wanted to do what they have done and would love to write on several subjects as they do .

Therefore I started writing , though tentatively , my travel diaries . Then slowly I wrote few blogs on Food & Culinary also . This is my first blog on Hotel & Hospitality . I have clubbed these three topics in a category called Vidur’s Random Musings on my blog space . I know these blogs are very amateurish , but as I have stated earlier , I am simply trying to emulate the above mentioned two journalists cum columnists cum TV show anchors .

I am a wanderer . Initially when I started travelling , I used to stay in ordinary , cheap hotels . So there is nothing to write about them . I can say without hesitation that my first stay in a decent hotel was when I visited Udaipur on October 04 , 2010 .

I was called to train Dev Patel for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and was put in Akshay Niwas Hotel by the production team .

Stars of ” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel “ were staying in Udaivilas Palace Hotel and the director and his team members were staying at Hotel Trident . I have posted photos of Udaivilas Palace Hotel and Hotel Trident in my blog ” Vidur’s Travel Diary : Udaipur ” .

I was put in Akshay Niwas Hotel , which is very close to these iconic hotels of Udaipur . Its exterior is like typical havelis of Rajasthan . If you don’t know that this is a hotel then you might confuse it with a residence of a wealthy Rajasthani family .

Reception area and the lobby of this 4 storied Akshay Niwas Hotel are also very spacious , airy and sunlit .

The Lobby

The Lobby

Dinning Table in The Lobby

Dinning Table in The Lobby

When I entered my room on the 3rd floor , I found it exceptionally spacious . Some hotel rooms are so claustrophobic that you feel suffocated in them . But not here . Spacious room , huge windows , equally huge bathroom and a room to keep my bags and baggage , wow , I felt nice .

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

While going through the above posted photos , you can feel that the sun-kissed room is airy and full of light .

The bathroom is adorned with anti – skid tiles and is more spacious than the hall of some of the flats of Mumbai .

Wash Basin in The Bath Room

Wash Basin in The Bath Room

One plus point which I would like to mention is that the room has many plug sockets , so that you can charge your multiple mobile phones and can also work on your laptop simultaneously . Some hotel rooms don’t have enough sockets and you have to struggle to recharge your mobiles and laptops , specially when you don’t have enough time . But not here . They have taken extra care .

If you open the windows , you can feel the aroma of fresh and pure wind coming from Aravali Hills . If you decide to switch of the air conditioner and just open the windows , fresh wind and enough sunlight will force you to think that you are in another world .

It is a feeling which is unimaginable in Mumbai .

View From My Room's Window

View From My Room’s Window

View From My Room's Window

View From My Room’s Window

View from My Hotel Room

View from My Hotel Room

View of Udaipur from My Room's Window

View of Udaipur from My Room’s Window

Maintenance of the hotel is praiseworthy . Room service is prompt and quick and food is delicious .

Staff is courteous and well – behaved .

If you are not going for star hotels and looking for budget hotel in Udaipur , this Akshay Niwas Hotel is highly recommended by me .

I would love to give it 4 star out of 5 .

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