India’s First Celebrity chef Tarla Dalal dead

In late eighties and early nineties, India saw its first  “masterchef” Tarla Dalal.

Tarla Dalal, seen as an Indian Housewife and later an Indian mother-in-law, always ready to give cookery tips to Indian housewives, thus giving Indian cuisine a distinct and unique flavour, died on Wednesday at her South Mumbai residence. According to reports, she died at 7 am today following a massive heart attack at the age of 77 in her apartment on Napean Sea Road in South Mumbai. She is survived by three children.

Besides being an expert cook, Tarla Dalal was a noted-writer of various cookbooks. During her career, she hosted various cookery programmes on Doordarshan and later on private TV channels, dishing out a recipe for every occasion.

In 2007, Dalal became the proud recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award by the Government of India.

India will remember Tarla Dalal through her food shows, articles in food magazines/ newspapers and Cookbooks.

Tarla Dalal, who was born and brought up in Pune, began her career in 1966 and authored her first cook book “The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking” in 1974, that went on to become one of the best-sellers. Since then, Tarla Dalal has written over 100 books.

Rest in Peace Tarla Dalal…