Tarla Dalal
Tarla Dalal
Born3 June 1936
Died (aged 77)
Occupation(s)food writer, cookbook author, tv chef
Years active1966–2013

Tarla Dalal (3 June 1936 – 6 November 2013) was an Indian food writer, chef, cookbook author and host of cooking shows.[1][2] Her first cook book, The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking, was published in 1974. Since then, she wrote over 100 books and sold more than 10 million copies. She also ran the largest Indian food web site, and published a bi-monthly magazine, Cooking & More. Her cooking shows included The Tarla Dalal Show and Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal. Her recipes were published in about 25 magazines and tried in an estimated 120 million Indian homes.[3]

Though she wrote about many cuisines and healthy cooking, she specialized in vegetarian Indian cuisine, particularly Gujarati cuisine.[4] She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2007,[5] which made her the only Indian woman from the field of cooking to have been conferred the title.[6] She was also awarded Women of the Year by Indian Merchants' Chamber in 2005.[7]

She died on 6 November 2013 following a heart attack.[8]

Early life

She was born and brought up in Pune, Maharashtra, India. In 1960, she married Nalin Dalal and relocated to Bombay (now Mumbai).[9]


Dalal started conducting cooking classes from her home in 1966, which led to the publication of her first cook book, The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking in 1974. The book has sold over 1.5 million copies. Over time, her popularity grew and she became a household name, with housewives and chefs swearing by her recipes.

Tarla Dalal is credited with introducing and popularizing foreign cuisines to the masses. She created vegetarian versions of a lot of non-vegetarian recipes from foreign lands. She revolutionized the cooking industry in India and is the most sold cookbook author in India.[10]

Her books have been translated into numerous languages including Dutch, Russian, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali. She also published cooking magazines. In 2007, she started her 'Total Health Series' cookbook series.[11]

Her range of ready-to-cook mixes, Tarla Dalal Mixes, was acquired by International Bestfoods Ltd. in 2000.[12]

Dalal died at her residence on 6 November 2013 following a heart attack.[13][14][15][16]

Personal life

Tarla Dalal had three children Sanjay, Deepak and Renu with her husband, Nalin, who died in 2005. She lived in an apartment on Nepean Sea Road in South Mumbai.[9]

Popular culture

A biopic Tarla starring Huma Qureshi was released on 7 July 2023 on ZEE5. It was produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari.[17]


See also


  1. ^ "Rendezvous with Tarla Dalal". Sify. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Man's empowerment... in the kitchen!". Deccan Herald.
  3. ^ "The Queen of Cabbages". India Today. 30 April 1994.
  4. ^ "Tarla Dalal shares a few Gujarati recipes". MiD DAY. 27 April 2004.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013.
  6. ^ India, Uppercrust. "Home Page - uppercrustindia". www.uppercrustindia.com. Archived from the original on 14 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  7. ^ "The Biography of Celebrated Indian Chef Tarla Dalal". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  8. ^ Mid-Day: Celebrity Chef Tarla Dalal passes away
  9. ^ a b Food Dalal : Tarla Dalal Archived 26 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Harmony Magazine, December 2005
  10. ^ "Tarla Dalal: Indian Vegetarian Cook and Friend of JAINA". HuffPost. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2023.
  11. ^ "An empire called Tarla Dalal". The Hindu. 14 May 2007.
  12. ^ "Best foot forward". Business Line. 27 April 2000.
  13. ^ "Noted cookbook author Tarla Dalal dead". The Times of India. 7 November 2013. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  14. ^ Abhinav Bhatt (6 November 2013). "Celebrity chef Tarla Dalal dies at 77". Retrieved 10 August 2016 – via NDTV.
  15. ^ Mithila Phadke (7 November 2013). "Noted cookbook author Tarla Dalal dead". Times of India. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Celebrity Indian cook Tarla Dalal passes away". 7 November 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2016 – via The Express Tribune.
  17. ^ "Huma Qureshi to play Tarla Dalal in celebrity chef's biopic". The Hindu. 19 April 2022. Retrieved 29 May 2023.