'King of Spices' Dharampal Gulati of MDH dies at 98

The restaurant and food industry showed grief over his sudden demise.
  • Nusra Deputy Features Editor

'Mahashay' Dharampal Gulati, the owner of Mahashian Di Hatti (popularly known as MDH), breathed his last today.

According to report, he was going through post-covid treatment at Mata Chanan Devi Hospital, Delhi and suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday morning.

Popularly known as the ‘Spice King’, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2019.

The brand was setup in Sialkot, Pakistan by the late Gulati's father Chuni Lal as a small shop.

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After India-Pakistan partition, Gulati moved to a shop in Karol Bagh in Delhi and opened 15 factories supplying 1000 dealers in India.

Presently, having branches at Dubai and London to name a few it is now a Rs 1500 crore business empire that runs the masala company, a number of schools and a hospital.

The company exports its products to over 100 countries. His son manages the overall operations and six daughters handle distribution region wise.

Gulati was born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan) on March 27, 1923.

The restaurant and food industry showed grief over his sudden demise.

In an Instagram post, Zorawar Kalra of Massive Restaurant paid condolence over his death.

Zorawar Kalra


“Yet another icon passes away into the grim folds of 2020,” shared Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar on his Instagram page.

Ranveer Brar