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Zubaida Tariq’s Profile

Zubaida’s full name is Zubaida Tariq, popularly known as Zubaida Apa. Zubaida’s father is from Badayoo, her mother is from Zilabadi. Zubaida tariq was born in 1945 at Hyderabad Dakan, after the 3 years of separation of Pakistan She migrated to Pakistan in Karachi,  PIB Colony.  She lived up with her 6 sisters and 4 brothers, In 1951 she lost her grand father there after she lost her father in 1953. After the death of father 3 of her sister’s took all the responsibilities of running the house .

Zubaida got married to her first cousin. His name is Tariq Hussain. She met him in 1954. He came to stay over at his auntie’s (dad’s sister’s) house. Tariq’s mother used to like Zubaida a lot. She expressed her feelings about making Zubaida her daughter-in-law. Then in 1966, they got married. When the marriage was decided, Zubaida lived on Jamshed Road. When she got married she didn’t know how to cook a single thing. She didn’t even know how to cook plain rice. She got married at the age of 21.

“I’ll tell you a story. At first, She cooked curry. She didn’t even know that it is cooked with yogurt in it. She mixed pea flour (besan) with water and it just won’t get thick enough. She didn’t have the courage to ask someone,” says Zubaida.

Her husband was in the “Lever Brothers.” Over the time, she learned how to cook by herself. Then whenever they invited someone over to dinner, Zubaida was the one who cooked all the food for them. When she cooked food for her husband’s lunch, she cooked food for about 7 people, because his friends liked the food cooked by zubaida. Tariq’s friend encouraged her a lot. She didn’t have confidence in her, because she didn’t have any sort of degree. When all these people encouraged her then she realized I Have Taste In My Hands. In the 45 years of married life she might engage only 6 catering services at various gathering and parties, otherwise she love to cook the food by herself.

“I’ll tell you another story. It was her nephew’s valima ceremony in Sheraton Hotel. They arranged a Hi-Teat party. Zubaida and her sister’s didn’t like it. All 5 of our sisters cooked food for everyone. We convert the whole Hi-Teat party in dinner by ourselves. There were about 1200 people in that party. The food was so delicious, that the people that were there still remember it,” she said.

She started her career in the age of 50. When most people retire, she started gaining fame and she also succeeded. In 1996, Tariq retired. “When he worked in the “Lever Brothers,” I never went to my husband’s office. But the day he got retired, I got appointed in his office; in the Dalda Advisory. He came home with the retirement and I left to go to his office,” she said.

When she started her job, she had no helper. She used to take care of all the work by herself. Then they started the telephone service. After that, they started the Dalda Advisory, in which Rahat, Shabana Hafeez, Tahira Qureshi and a guy Imam joined Zubaida.

Zubaida didn’t appoint any professional trainer, so people started criticizing her. She did 90 programs, and a book that was with her own masala variation, for example; Palau, Nihari, Bihari Kabab, Daal Masala, Sabzi, Tandoori.

Actually, the Tandoori recipe they had was for about 26½ hours. Zubaida made it from 26½ to ½ hour. That was a big achievement for Zubaida. She worked there for 1 ½ years. She placed 5 Daal Masalay into 1 packet. Because for just 1 Daal Masala, no one is going to spend Rs. 27, because 1 packet of Daal Masala contains only 1 cup of the Masala. Then Zubaida made the Daal Masala, so that it can be used in more than one type of Daal. Zubaida worked on ARY for 1½ years, and then she did 120 programs with Sajid Hussain, 120 morning programs with Nadia, and about 450 shows with Kiran. Then Zubaida came on FM 107 with a show called “Aik Mukammal Ghar” which was first hosted by Azra Manzoor. In the meantime, she did 200 shows of another program called “Kitchen Magic.” And then she did another show on GEO by the name of “Aaj Ke Bhao.” “I think that in my career, beauty of the hands means more than the beauty of the face, but the people today take care of their face more than keeping their hands clean. For example; long nails, hair untied, sleeves are so big that they are going inside the cooking pan (Karahi),” says Zubaida.

She is now working with MASALA in our favorite show Handi. Uptil now 300 episodes of HANDI are broadcasted.

Her daughter is the principle of a school. She has two sons; 1 is 20-years-old and the 2nd is 13-years old. Her son-in-law works in the Standard Chartered Bank. Her son has done MBA and he is also an artist. He paints beautifully. He has worked in the DHL for many years. He is also an interior designer. These days he is working in a cooking show on Zaiqa by the name of “Khate Peete” with Mishi Khan. Cooking is one of his hobbies. His wife’s name is Saba. After 10 years, Allah has granted Zubaida with 2 grandsons.

“I can never forget the day I lost my father, because I lost him when I was very young,” she says.  “Jaisay hi hosh sambhala, apne baap ko kho diya.” When her father died, it was the time of Maghrib. Right then, her sister said a “shair.”

“Kano mein tham gayi thi aisay Azan-e-Maghrib,

2 waqt mill rahe thay ek saath choot raha tha.”

There’s an Island in Bangkok by the name of Phuket.” A really big show is held there. When Zubaida went there, the people left the show and came to her to get an autograph. That was a very big feeling for her.

When she gets furious, she scolds people no matter who it is. She even scolds her servant, but when she cools down she even goes and says sorry to that servant. She likes to work with broad minded people in a clean environment. She loves to cook all sorts of food. “No one ever criticized me directly, but in-directly a lot of people do criticize me. But I don’t mind, because Allah watches everything and he is the one that does justice,” says Zubaida.

Zubaida’s mother wasn’t educated, but she knew 36 Deewan-e-Hafiz, Meer and Ghalib by heart. She used to water 300 flower pots daily. She died when she was 86-years-old. But she never even asked anyone for a glass of water in her whole life.

The country Zubaida liked the best was India. “If she ever gets a chance to go on another trip, she would like to go to India, because the people in India were extremely pleasant and nice. I’ll tell you a memorable moment from India. The people in Tariq’s company took us to the Taj Hotel. A waitress came and gave me a menu, but I didn’t understand, she came to me twice but I couldn’t say anything. When she came to me the third time, she asked my name and told everyone that I was the most “Well Dressed Lady” in the whole hotel. This was a very memorable moment for me,” says Zubaida.





Zubaida’s Favorite Foods: Daal, Keema with Rice, and Chutni Papadi.

Zubaida’s Favorite Flowers: Jasmine (Chameli), Motia, Cestrum nocturnum (Raat Ki Rani)

Zubaida’s Most Memorable Moment: “The day I became a mother, I felt like the beauty of the whole world was right in front of my eyes,” says Zubaida.

Zubaida’s Trips: She went to London 2 times, India 3 times, Dubai 2 times, and Egypt 2 times.

Zubaida’s Weaknesses: She believes people really fast, and she is nice to everyone.

Zubaida’s Favorite Color: Off-White and Black.

She can make any kind of food by just tasting it once either a Pakistani ,Continental,Chinese or any kind of dish , she just tastes it and has an ability to present it  with more taste and deliciosity , as far as our traditional food is concerned if we go down to memory lines/history we can see neat and tidy shining dishes & clean dastarkhuwan ,delicious fragrance curry & biryani ,yakni ,pulao are spread over like famous personalities. Beauty is not only  linked with tasty food but also with the table manners and traditional  & culturism.

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83 Responses to “Zubaida Tariq’s Profile”

  1. farida
    March 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    how to remove small cockroaches in kichen without spray

  2. farida
    March 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    how to become fat i and my son who is 11 years old want to gain weight.

  3. soni
    March 13, 2011 at 2:01 am #

    AOA aapa kesi han aap. aapa main unmarried hon ar moti hoti ja rahi hon meri 2 maah tak shadi ha plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz koi asa tareqa batayn k main smart ho jao plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. fari qasim
    March 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    dal wala totka smartness ke liye plz bta dein

  5. March 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    i m worried about my face’s unwanted hair.plzz tell me some household harmrless tip to get rid of it bc i dont want to use the ways of threading or waxing or laser

  6. arbab
    April 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    appa you r great ap jesa koe nahi
    please shalwar kameez m bhi ayen
    ese to ap sarrie my bhi best lagte hy

  7. Mrs tahir
    April 8, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Dear zubaida Aapa…..AOA,
    may app ka programme daikhti hou tou bohat accha lagta hay…
    may nay dam wali arvi pakaye thi bohat acchi bani aur sab ko acchi bhi lagi…
    plz apa mari help karein..

    meri steel ka i daigchi hay pani boil karny ki.. jis may meri ghalti ki waja say hi zang aa gaya..
    kafi koshish ki magar waqti saaf hou jati hay.. phir pani dalny par zang aa jata hay.. plzzzzzz koi totka tou reply kar dain marei ID par.. programme may try kia magar call nahi milti aur kafi dafa app ka programme bhi miss hou jata hay sorry……………. plz reply………. thanks

  8. Nayyer Sultana
    April 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Dear & Respected Aapa,
    AoA, I have no words to pay homage to your catalytic contribution/services towards the revival of eastern traditions in our society that we have forgotten a long ago. Family is a very strong institution and an integral part of our society. Although you have been informally giving tips to promulgate a civilized culture in a family/society but I request you to do a formal program on traditional cuisine, mannerism and civilized family traditions. There is a dire need to give such kind of therapy to our younger generation. Believe me that will help to safeguard our family culture and preserve our heritage for generations.

  9. Babar
    April 11, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    Assalamo alaykum AAPA!

    I never read long text on net…I finished your complete profile..its very impressive…you had very hard time in start…this is the gift of Allah that you learnt cooking without any external help and support….and equally its the blessing of Allah that a number of people are learning from you…my wife is your greatest fan ever….i use to say her she may be a better cook than u…..but she never agreed….do you have any resturant? so we can taste your food…..Regards

  10. Faiznan
    April 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    a.o.a……hey abeel api ……main apka show boht shok se daily dekhta hon aur apa ki tips & recipies try karta..aur… meri anti ko almost pichley 20 days se womtings (ultian) a rhi hain…. medicine b li hai magar koi farak nahi para ……. so ap apa zubaida se koi tip pooch ker onair bta den……plzzzzzzzzzzzz …………. faizan from Gujrat (pakistan)

  11. szabia
    April 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    aapa i wana 2 join ur groupbut i dnt no how 2 do it?plllllzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz aapa u r aabeel aapi u tl me hw i can do tht?i m new on fb.

  12. S. Ali Tahir
    April 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    Salaam, I am 52 years old and I am an admirer of your family. Years ago I was a regular listener of Science Club from BBC Urdu Service and the host was Late Sara Naqvi. I heard that she was your sister. Is it true or not? If yes then please write some thing about her with her pictures, she was very great host and spoke in urdu beautifully. may ALLAH keeps her soul in peace.
    Best Regards
    Syed Ali Tahir

  13. erum
    April 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    tonseels ke lye koi gharelo nuska baayen plz.bachi ki umer 4 saal hai..

  14. May 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    salam apa kci ho mn apka prog buhat shouq sy dekti hoon plz apa wt loss krny ka totka batien

  15. Aqleem
    May 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    apa mein buht preshan hn . garmiyn mein kitchen and bathrom mein buht cacroch hoty hain plzzzzz koi totka bta dain plzzzzzzzzzzz

  16. sania
    May 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    aapa meray lips fat hain es ko main smaller kesay kar sakti ho plzzzzz tell me

  17. May 18, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    apa, where will i find the recipe of Nihari in your web site? chicken handi was amaZing. very tasty
    thanks . i would like to know how to bake an pinepple upside down cake.

  18. June 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    ur show iz 2 good

  19. Mrs.Aqsa says
    June 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Dear zubaida Aapa…..AOA

    may app ka programme daikhti hou tou bohat accha lagta hay…

  20. June 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    main ye chahti hoon k lizerd kuch kha kar mar jain b.cas mayray yaahaan paan wala choona nahain milta

  21. Anique Azam
    June 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    Zubaida Apa, Aap great hein! Mein to kehta hoon k aisi apa har ghar mein honi chahiye :)
    I am a small child and now my vacations r going on , really i love Handi! aisa lagta hai k handi ki khushbu poorey ghar mein pheli ho!
    Apna khayal rakhiye ga,

  22. alam zaib
    June 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    masoor ke dal wala totka smartnes ky ;eae plz phir sy repeat kar dy…. hmari id zaib.zaib17@yahoo.com hai….

  23. July 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm #


  24. mra shahzad
    July 14, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    A.O.A apa,hru apa m housewife hun mri 1 beti jo mashallah s1.5 ki h ap plz mjh us k lye koi recipy btayen w kch khati nhe metha to bulkl nhe khati n after pregnency mra pet[abdomen] kafi nkl aaya h us ki koi exercise btayen.

  25. August 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    zubaida aapa aap bohat hi nice lady ha or bohat nicely her bat samjati ha aap hamaray pakistan ka proud hay

  26. August 17, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    zubaida aunty may nine years ki ho mujay cooking ka bohat shook ha may aap ka show dakh kar kafi cooking sikh rahi ho inshaallah bohat jald aap ki tarah experd ho jao gi aap dua ki jia ga . aap ki duaoo ki talibgar

  27. fozia
    September 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    A.O.A aapa aapka kya hal hai. mere face per brown spot bante ja rhe hain aabhi bahut kam hain start ho rhe hain main bahut pareshan hon please koi totka btain plz reply kijyega zaror. is email address per

  28. March 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    salam appa ap sy ak bat phuchniii the………?

  29. March 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    a.o.a apa meri anti ko khansi aur high blood pressure olz us kay baray main koi totkay batay

  30. gull
    March 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    meri aek 9 mnth ki beti hey us ka waight km hey half kg normal sey ..kuch khati nhe …jo khlao nhe khati ..iam worried ..kindly tell me

  31. Najma Mansoor
    April 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I wish to know a good tailor for sari blouses . Pl reply on my mail too

  32. rabbia sheikh
    April 12, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    aunty mere tonses buhat horahy hain plz plz koi hal bataen.. plz zaroor bataiye ga…… 1 month se buhat dard hai… or ab kaan mai bhi dard hone laga hy tonses ki waja se.plzzz mujhe zaror bataiye ga..

  33. rekha khann
    April 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Dear Zubaida, please send me the masoor dal weight loss totka for married women and for men. I found only the one for unmarried omen on the net.
    Thank you and all the best.

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