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Tarla Dalal, renowned celebrity cook dies at 77

Mumbai, Nov 7 (): Tarla Dalal, culinary expert, television celebrity and author of many cookbooks passed away following a heart attack at her south Mumbai house on Wednesday morning.

Tarla Dalal was 77 and has left behind a legacy of over 100 cook books penned by her and 17,000 recipes created by her. Her death has shocked all of us even though she lived a full life, happily and successfully for 77 years. She is survived by three children.

Deepak Dalal, son of chef Tarla Dalal, said she led a happy, successful and fulfilling life. “There was no hospitalisation, no suffering. She died with the family around,” said Deepak, who has authored several children’s books such as Ranthambore, Sahyadri, Snow Leopard, Andaman and Ladakh.

The 77-year-old cooking expert had written more than 100 cook-books and anchored popular cooking shows such as Tarla Dalal Show and Cook it Up with Tarla Dalal.

Born and brought up in Pune, she shifted to Mumbai after her marriage with Naveen Dalal in 1960. Tarla Dalal has been on the culinary landscape for the last 40 years. Her love for cooking first took shape of a book- The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking that was published way back in 1974.

From books to TV shows and from teaching cooking in internet, Tarla’s cooking left no medium unexplored and she was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2007.

Over 3 million copies of Dalal’s books have been sold together and it was due to her that kitchens across the country were shown to new aromas and exciting flavours. Her books were packed with vegetarian recipes, created by her, which included dishes from all the regions of India.

On hearing the news of her demise, master chef Sanjeev Kapoor of ‘Khaana Khazana’ fame told, “Tarla Dalal was the first person to popularise the art of cooking. It is a terrible loss.”