Padma Lakshmi loves to make this roasted sweet potato recipe during Diwali, a festive time when her family often winds up eating a lot of fried treats. This gives them the feeling of eating chaat or Indian street and snack foods but without all the fuss. The tamarind sauce is a tangy counterpoint to the sweet potatoes, and the yogurt gives it a mellow creaminess without being too heavy.
This spice blend is Padma Lakshmi's riff on an Indian street-food blend called chaat masala.
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This chicken dish from Padma Lakshmi's book Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet features a sweet cashew sauce. Serve the chicken with vegetables and your favorite whole grain to soak up the luscious sauce.
American Food Today
With so many cultural influences from around the globe, America just might be the most exciting place to eat. Guest editor, award-winning cookbook author and TV host Padma Lakshmi takes a look at the diverse and delicious food Americans are serving up.
If you're planning a trip to the Big Apple—and aren't sure where to start your food journey—check out this list curated by Padma Lakshmi, a NYC resident and frequent visitor of these establishments.
My family has dozens of variations on this dish, and they all signify love and care to me.
Beef shawarma is traditionally roasted on a spit and then sliced thin. This grilled version by Padma Lakshmi has similar vibes thanks to a highly seasoned marinade.