Tarla Dalal – best-selling cookbook author, Celebrity chef & host of cooking shows

Tarla Dalal
Tarla Dalal

Today you will read the life story of Tarla Dalal, an Indian Women Entrepreneurs, Cookbook Author & Celebrity Chef.

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Who is Tarla Dalal?

Tarla Dalal was an excellent chef, Padma Shri winner, cookbook author, Indian food writer and host of cooking shows. Her first cookbook named “The Pleasure of Vegetarian Cooking” was published in 1974.

Since then she wrote more than 100 books and 10 million copies. She also ran an Indian food web site and published a bi-monthly magazine, cooking, and more. Her recipes were published in about 25 magazines.

It is estimated that they were tried in more than 120 million Indian homes. She ran cooking shows named “The Tarla Dalal Show” and “Cook it Up with Tarla Dalal”.

As she wrote about many cuisines and healthy cooking but her specialty was in Indian cuisine, particularly Gujarati cuisine. In 2007, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

That made her only Indian from the field of cooking who achieve this title. In 2005, she was also awarded Women of the year by Indian Merchants’ Chamber. She died on November 6th, 2013 following a heart attack.

Early life and career:

Tarla Dalal was born on 3rd June 1936. She was born and brought up in Pune. She married Nalin Dalal and relocated to Mumbai. She had three children. Her husband died in 2005.

She lived in an apartment on Napean Sea Road in Mumbai. She began cooking classes from her home in 1966.

Her cookery classes became so popular and get a huge success. The number of students who wanted to learn cooking join her cooking classes. Her classes became a huge success.

Read: Tarla Dalal recipe books

People saying, ‘If you want to get your daughter married, send her to Tarla Dalal’s Cooking classes’.

This is because her students gained guaranteed excellence in cooking. According to ‘The Khaleej times’, Dubai, Tarla Dalal has ‘streamlined the eating habits in India’.

She publishes her first cookbook “The Pleasure of Vegetarian Cooking” in 1974. Over 1,500,000 copies were sold of that book.

She became a household name with homemakers and chefs swearing by her recipes. She has written more than 200 cookbooks and has become one of the top 5 best-selling cookbook authors in the world.

She is credited to introduce many foreign cuisines to the masses. She made many non-vegetarian recipes vegetarian versions. She was the most sold cookbook author in India.

Her 170 cookbooks were translated in several regional languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, and even into foreign languages such as Russian and Dutch.

She also published a cooking magazine. She started her cookbook series in 2007, named “Total Health Series”. In 2000, her range of Tarla Dalal Mixes and ready to cook mixes were acquired by International Bestfoods Ltd.

The sale of her cooking books exceeds 5 million copies. She can be called the original creator of the cookbook in the Indian cooking industry.

Her husband died in 2005 and at the age of 77, she died at her apartment on Napean Sea Road in South Mumbai on 6th November 2013, following a heart attack. She is survived by three children.

Recipe Books & Cookbook

  • The Complete Gujarati Cook Book
  • Sandwiches
  • Curries & Kadhis
  • Chips & Dips
  • Baked Dishes
  • Punjabi Khana
  • Italian Cookbook
  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Know your Flours
  • Delicious Diabetic Recipes
  • Low-Calorie Cooking: Total Health Series

Her website, www.tarladalal.com is the #1 food website and the largest Indian recipe website with Delicious Indian vegetarian recipes spanning seven cuisines—Gujarati, Punjabi, Maharashtrian, Rajasthani, South Indian, Italian, and Chinese.

Numerous fans of India’s most popular cookbook author and host of cooking shows are sure to remember her every time they prepare one of her signature recipes.

We hope you find the inspirational life story of Tarla Dalal, a Women Entrepreneur, Cookbook Author & Celebrity Chef inspiring through your entrepreneurial journey and will keep you inspired.

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