Siddika Kabir

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Siddiqua Kabir
সিদ্দিকা কবীর
Born(1931-05-07)May 7, 1931
DiedJanuary 31, 2012(2012-01-31) (aged 80)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
EducationMA (food and nutrition)
Alma materOklahoma State University
Occupationnutritionist, academic, cookbook author, cooking show, television host
Years active1965-2012
AwardsSheltech Award, Anannya Top Ten Awards (2004)

Siddiqua Kabir (May 7, 1931 – January 31, 2012) was a Bangladeshi nutritionist, academic, cookbook author and cooking show television host. A professor, Kabir hosted and guest starred in numerous television shows featuring Bangladeshi cuisine, including Siddiqua Kabir’s Recipe on NTV Bangla.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Kabir was born in Dhaka, on May 7, 1931.[2] She was the second of the six children.[3] She lost her father at the age of 17.[3] She attended college for mathematics and received a master's degree on the subject.[2] With a scholarship from the Ford Foundation, she obtained her second master's degree in Food, Nutrition and Institutional Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1963.[4]


Kabir began her teaching career in 1957 by joining the mathematics department of Eden Girls' College in Azimpur, Dhaka.[1] She joined the nutrition department of College of Home Economics, Azimpur, Dhaka, from where she retired as the principal in 1993.[2]

Kabir appeared in her first television cooking show in 1966, leading a long career in numerous cooking shows as a presenter and guest.[1] She also authored cookbooks, including "Ranna Khaddya Pushti" and "Bangladesh Curry Cookbook."[5] Her career further led to consultant work for major foreign and Bangladeshi consumer food brands, such as Radhuni, Dano, and Nestlé.[1][2]

Kabir received several awards from the food and television industries, including the Sheltech Award in 2009.[2]

Personal life and death[edit]

Kabir was married to Syed Ali Kabir, a journalist and former Deputy Governor of Bangladesh Bank. Together they had two daughters - Zarina Nahar Kabir and Shahanaz Ahmed Chandana.[4] Actress Sara Zaker is her niece.[4]

Kabir died at Square Hospital in Dhaka on January 31, 2012, at the age of 80.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Siddiqua Kabir passes away". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Siddiqua Kabir passes away". The News Today (Bangladesh). 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  3. ^ a b Zarina Nahar Kabir (January 31, 2017). "My mother: A legend". The Daily Star. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Fayeka Zabeen Siddiqua (May 6, 2016). "Remembering the Legend Siddiqua Kabir". The Daily Star. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Siddiqua Kabir passes away". 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-02-01.