India's first masterchef Tarla Dalal passes away

Cookbook queen and India's first masterchef who lured millions hearts with her delicious vegetarian recipes and revolutionized the cooking world, renowned food writer and cook Tarla Dalal is no more. She passed away in her residence in Mumbai while sleeping. She died of massive heart attack in sleep on Wednesday. She was 77. She is survived by three children.

She is the winner of Padma Shri and has many books to her credits. She is the companion of vegetarian food in Indian and worldwide. She has 170 cookbooks to her name and translated them into many regional languages as well as Dutch and Russian. Her first book titled, ‘The Pleasure of vegetarian cooking’ published in 1974 became a best seller.  Over 1,50,000 copies of the book was sold.

Tarla Dalal all started with cooking classes at her home in 1966 and gradually started her own cooking line in the name Tarla Dalal Foods (TDF), which was acquired in 1998 by Corn Products Co. (India) Ltd. The website, is the most popular Indian food website comprising of seven several cuisines- Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, “South Indian”, Chinese and Italian.

She hosted cookery shows several decades before television was accessible to most part of India.

Posted on Tarla Dalal's Facebook page is a message: "We would like to thank all of you for your support and affection through the years of Mrs Tarla Dalal's career. She is no more with us as she expired in the early hours of this morning. We thank her for all the happiness that her talent has given to us and our families..."

Reacting to the news of her demise, masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor said, "Tarla Dalal was the first person to popularise the art of cooking. It is a terrible loss."

May her soul rest in peace!