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Zubaida Tariq Ilyas, also known as Zubaida Aapa, was a chef and cooking expert from Pakistan. Wikipedia
Born: April 4, 1945, Hyderabad State
Died: January 5, 2018
Spouse: Tariq Maqsood (m. 1966)
Siblings: Anwar Maqsood, Fatima Surayya Bajia, Zehra Nigah, Sughra Kazmi, Sara Naqvi, Ahmed Maqsood
Children: Hussain Tariq, Saba Tariq
Nephew: Bilal Maqsood

Zubaida Tariq Ilyas (Urdu: زبیدہ طارق‬‎), also known as Zubaida Aapa (4 April 1945 – 4 January 2018), was a chef and cooking expert from Pakistan

Zubaida Tariq was born on 4 April 1945 in Hyderabad Deccan, India. Her family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. They settled in Karachi, PIB Colony, where she lived with her five older sisters and 4 brothers. In 1951 she lost her grandfather, thereafter she lost her father in 1953. After the death of father, three of her sisters took all the responsibilities of running the house. Zubaida got married to her first cousin, Tariq Maqsood.

She met him in 1954. He came to stay over at his aunt’s (dad’s sister) 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. She got married at the age of 21.They have a daughter name Shaha Tariq and one son Hussain Tariq.

Zubaida Tariq, fondly known as Zubaida Apa, was famous for her culinary skills and housekeeping advice (totkas). A household name, she hosted several widely viewed culinary shows and wrote cookbooks.

According to Zubaida Apa’s family, her funeral prayers and burial will take place after the afternoon prayer on Friday.


With her often surprising solutions to everyday problems, Zubaida Apa had worked her way into the hearts of millions of TV viewers in Pakistan and abroad.

Born into an educated family of Hyderabad Deccan, Zubaida Apa was the youngest of 9 siblings. She belonged to a family of writers and artists with renowned playwright (late) Fatima Surayya Bajia being her eldest sister and celebrated writer Anwar Maqsood her elder brother.

She often gave credit for her achievements to having grown up in a joint family including grandparents, uncles and aunts, apart from her immediate family.

Her culinary advice segments on various channels had been very popular. For more than a decade, Zubaida Apa was quite the showstopper in her colour-coordinated clothes, sandals and sets of bangles, with coiffured hair and make-up.


Tariq’s funeral prayers will be held in Sultan Mosque in the city’s Defence area after the Friday prayers.

She achieved fame doing culinary shows on TV and writing cookbooks. Her regular culinary advice segments on various TV channels were so popular that Zubaida ‘Aapa’ became a household name across Pakistan.

With a formal-sounding name “Mrs. Zubaida Tariq,” Aapa made her TV debut back in 1996 when she was in her 50s. Her first programme — Dalda Ka Dastarkhwan — soon went on to become a widely popular evening engagement.

Aapa had nine siblings, including playwright Anwar Maqsood, author and poet Zehra Nigah, designer Sughra Kazmi, and the late Fatima Surraiya Bajiya — a drama writer.


Aapa used to narrate that right after her marriage — whereafter she moved to Lahore — she had no idea about cooking, which is why the first-ever meal she prepared at her in-laws’ house was ruined.

Interestingly, she had attempted to prepare “karhi, a chickpea flour dish, without the critical ingredient—yogurt—and tossed it out. To disguise her failure, she got dressed up and convinced her husband to take her out for Chinese food”, freelance journalist Saba Imtiaz wrote in November 2017.

“I know people will remember me well,” she had said, according to Imtiaz.

“I tell my husband if I die, please have this inscribed on my tombstone: Zubaida Aapa totkay wali.”


Zubaida Tariq came to prominence in the late 90s due to her recipes and home remedies or totkas. She was regarded as a cooking mentor and thousands of people learned cooking by watching her shows.

Born to an Urdu-speaking family at Hyderabad Deccan in United India in 1945, she migrated to Pakistan along with other family members when she was just two years old.

Her famous siblings included playwright Fatima Surayya Bajiya and poetess Zehra Nigah. Her brother Anwar Maqsood is also one of the leading satirists of the country. But while her siblings excelled in different areas of literature, Zubaida chose for herself the art of cooking.

She also worked on many TV show and radio programmes.


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