MDH (spice company)

Mahashian Di Hatti Private Limited
IndustryFood, spices
Founded1919; 102 years ago (1919), Sialkot, Punjab Province, British India
FounderMahashay Chunnilal Gulati
HeadquartersNew Delhi, India
Key people
ProductsDeegi Mirch, Chana masala, Kitchen King, Chunky Chaat Masala, Meat Masala, Kasoori Methi, Garam masala, Rajmah masala, Shahi Paneer Masala, Dal Makhani Masala, Sabzi Masala.
RevenueIncrease 924 crore (2016)[1]
Increase 2000 crore (2020)
Increase 420 crore (2020)

Mahashian Di Hatti Private Limited,[2][3] doing business as MDH, is an Indian spice producer and seller based in New Delhi, India. It is the second largest leader in the Indian market with 12% market share, following S. Narendrakumar's Everest Spices.[4]

CEO Mahashay Dharampal Gulati died on 3 December 2020, due to cardiac arrest.


Mahashay Chunnilal Gulati set up the masala company in 1919 in Sialkot, British India currently located in the Punjab province of Pakistan since 1947.[5] It is associated with Mahashay Chunnilal Charitable Trust.

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, the son of the founder moved to Delhi after the partition of India. He opened a shop in a shack and started selling spices like his father.[6] He later opened his shop at Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh and expanded from there. In 1959 he bought a plot in Kirti Nagar to set up his own spice factory.[7]

From there, he built the entire group to one of India's leading spices manufacturers expanding to 15 factories. Speaking to The Economic Times last year, he said, "My motivation to work is being sincere in product quality sold at affordable prices. And nearly 90% of my salary goes to charity in my personal capacity."

At the age of 94, Dharam Pal was the highest paid Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) CEO in India in 2017.[8] He took home over 21 crore as salary last fiscal.[9] Two years later, on March 16, 2019, the 14th President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma Bhushan award for Trade & Industry.[10]

Current status

MDH today has a range of 62 products[11] available in over 150 different packages. These include ground and blended spices, which are free of preservatives.[12] MDH also sells other products, such as saffron.[13]

Charity work

MDH under the leadership of Mahashay Dharampal Gulati has developed more than 20 schools including MDH International School, Mahashay Chunnilal Saraswati Shishu Mandir (named after his late father), Mata Lilawati Kanya Vidyalaya (named after his late wife), and Mahashay Dharampal Vidya Mandir etc.

He started a 10-bed eye hospital at Arya Samaj, Subhash Nagar, in November 1975. Later in January 1984, a 20-bed hospital was established in Janakpuri, New Delhi to commemorate his late mother Mata Chanan Devi. Now it has 300 beds on about 5 acres of land, the hospital is equipped with MRI, CT scan, Heart Wing, Neuro Sciences, IVF etc.


  1. ^ "MDH yearly results". 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  2. ^ "MAHASHIAN DI HATTI PRIVATE LIMITED | Basic Company Information". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Mahashian DI Hatti Ltd: Company Profile". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "FMCG sector's highest paid CEO is a 94-year-old school drop-out". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  5. ^ "A sneak peek into the flavorful world of MDH". Economic Times. 6 May 2009.
  6. ^ ABP NEWS (24 October 2014). "Vyakti Vishesh: From a tangawala to billionaire: MDH man Mahashay Dharam Pal". Retrieved 21 September 2017 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "A Tale of Two Refugees", by Diksha Sahni and Nikita Mehta, Wall Street Journal, 13 December 2011
  8. ^ Malviya, Sagar (21 September 2017). "FMCG sector's highest paid CEO is a 94-year-old school drop-out". The Economic Times. Retrieved 21 September 2017 – via The Economic Times.
  9. ^ "FMCG sector's highest paid CEO is a 94-year-old school drop-out - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  10. ^ "President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Mahashay Dharampal Gulati". The President of India's Youtube channel. 16 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019 – via Youtube.
  11. ^ Dhawan, Himanshi (27 January 2019). "At 95, this Padma Awardee is highest paid FCMG CEO". Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  12. ^ "About us | MDH Spices". Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Other Products | Product Categories | MDH Spices". Retrieved 13 December 2020.

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