Padma Lakshmi’s favorite childhood treat got a little kick


Pickle, also known as “achar” in Hindi, is a popular condiment in Indian cuisine. The South Asian pickle adds flavor and life to even the most bland dishes. It has been part of their culture and history for thousands of years. So it’s no surprise that even Padma Lakshmi, who has spent most of her life abroad, has amazing childhood memories associated with this spicy, tangy condiment.

Over the years, Lakshmi has expressed her love for pickles countless times. In June, she posted an Instagram video to give fans another glimpse into her favorite childhood fun. “In Western or American homes, kids usually grow up wanting to lick the bowl after the dough or before a cake is made,” the Bravo star shared in Instagram Reel. “But I always wanted to lick the bowls and spoons of pickle making because that was my jam – the spicy, salty stuff.”

The video showed bottled lemon pickles and Lakshmi licking the achar spoon with childlike enthusiasm and endorsing the traditional Indian condiment she had made. She captioned the post, “Anyone else doing this as a kid?? Let’s be real, I still love this! Gimme all the salty spicy stuff.” Instagram users couldn’t agree more with Lakshmi. One commenter said: “Sure…that would ruin all that tasty goodness!”

And don’t forget to check out her lemon pickle recipe as well.

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