HARPAL SINGH SOKHI

Harpal Singh Sokhi is a celebrity chef from India. As a chef, he worked with multiple hotel and restaurant chains, before launching his own chain – The Punjabi Tadka – in 2013. He has hosted the cooking show Turban Tadka, and is the Director of Turban Tadka Hospitality.

Sokhi has conducted cooking schools at Regent Jakarta and The Peninsula Manila. He has also organised Indian food festivals internationally.

In 2001, Sokhi and others founded Khana Khazana India Pvt Ltd. He led food trials, developed ready-to-eat products for the Khazana brand, and conceptualised a range of chocolate mithais (Indian sweets). He has also been involved with the Ching’s Secret brand.

Sokhi executed the business class menus on Singapore Airlines for seven years, and also conducted the “Ancient Indian Food” promotion on Indian Airlines. He has also developed menus for SOTC travels. Besides, he has developed menus for Wockhardt Hospitals.

Sokhi has taught as a guest faculty member at the N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research. He has also designed menus for many events, including weddings and birthday parties.

In 1993, Sokhi hosted the first episode of Khana Khazana on Zee TV. He launched his first solo show Harpal ki Rasoi on Nagpur’s local Siti Cable TV, but the show was not as successful as Sokhi expected it to be. Later, Sokhi started hosting Turban Tadka on Food Food channel, which gained him popular recognition in India. It became one of the top cookery shows by TRPs. Sokhi came to be known for his phrase namak shamak.

He has also hosted the TV shows Kitchen Khiladi and Sirf Tees Minute on FoodFood channel. In 2014, he hosted Zee News’ road food show Desh da Swaad, travelling across India. He is also one of India’s top chefs on YouTube. In 2016, he participated in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9.

In 1998, Sokhi conceptualised and executed the opening of the Indian specialty restaurant Khazana in Dubai. He also formulated business plans and opening plans for other restaurants. In 2012, he decided to launch his own restaurant chain The Funjabi Tadka (TFT). The flagship branch of the restaurant opened on 18 January 2013 in Kolkata.

Sokhi has written food columns for newspapers and magazines. He is one of the oldest associates of Sanjeev Kapoor, and has developed content for his books. The two have authored a book Royal Hyderabadi Cooking.

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