You Asked For It: Padma Lakshmi’s Red Carpet Recipe
First Published: August 2, 2007 6:43 PM EDT Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Top Chef has been heating up this summer with the help of host Padma Lakshmi.Access Hollywoods Shaun Robinson met up with the uber-sexy cuisine connoisseur, who is celebrating her best-selling cookbook Easy Exotic. On the Access set, Padma whipped up one of its easy, low-calorierecipes for Oriental Shirmp Salad![When I have to hit] the red carpet and I want to get into that slinky dress I make this because it’s so healthy, Padma explained.At a little over 300 calories per serving and 36 grams of protein, this salad is satisfying and simple to make.Step one: Shrimp Paste1 cup mint leaves1 onion1 tsp cumin12 black peppercorns1 tbsp ginger½ tsp sugarPinch of salt1 tsp tamarind paste
Blend the ingredients together, pour on to shrimp and let marinate.
Step 2: The Salad
The salad should be a mixture of your favorite vegetables and iceberg lettuce.It gives you that crisp, fresh bite and basically you want to toss these ingredients up.Step 3: Saute
Saute the shrimp for about 3-4 minutes.Step 4: Dressing
2 tbsp Oriental sesame oil3 tbsp lemon juice1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar2 tbsp soy sauce3 dashes of Oriental chili oilWe have toasted sesame oil, which gives you that nice Asian, smoky flavor. You have lemon juice, you have a little bit of vinegar, Padma said. I put soy sauce in there also and I like chili oilFinally, pour the dressing on to the salad. Add cooked shrimp, sprinkle with sesame seeds and in less than 30 minutes, enjoy.
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