Ellen: Padma Lakshmi Pondicherry Lentil Salad & Fairy Water Recipe


Ellen: Padma Lakshmi Pondicherry Lentil Salad

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi stopped by Ellen to show us how to make her Pondicherry Lentil Salad and her Fairy Water. She said she loved the lentil salad because it really helps her detox after a long season on Top Chef. She said she easily gains weight while hosting the show because of trying all the different meals the chefs make. As a secondary benefit, the salad looked amazing.

Padma Lakshmi’s daughter was also in the studio because she loved Ellen and Sophia and Rosie. Ellen said she’d love to meet Padma’s daughter.


Ellen: Padma Lakshmi Pondicherry Lentil Salad & Fairy Water Recipe

I’ll be honest with you: lentils have always sort of weirded me out. They look so unexciting. But the salad Padma Laksmi made today looked amazing, so I may just try them after all! And did you know they’re fat free and an excellent source of fiber?


  • 2 cups beluga black lentils
  • 1 Fuji apple, cored and diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • juice of 1 1/2 ripe lemons
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup loosely packed, chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut


  1. Soak lentils in tepid water for two hours.
  2. Then, warm olive oil in a large pan. Add the celery, carrots, bell peppers and salt and pepper. Cook for five to seven minutes.
  3. Combine vegetable mixture with lentils, parsley, apples, balsamic and lemon juice in large bowl. Stir together with hands.
  4. Meanwhile, put sesame oil, cocoanut, mustard seed and ginger in a pan. Warm up together. This will serve as a crunchy topping for the salad.
  5. Enjoy!

Ellen: Padma Lakshmi Fairy Water

  • Edible dried rose petals
  • Lemon and/or lime sliced in rings.
  • Star anise
  • Dried jasmine flowers
  • Rosemary
  • Cucumber
  • Bay leaves
  • Green tea
  1. Mix green tea and water together, about fifty/fifty.
  2. Then combine the rest of the ingredients in the water.
  3. Drink and enjoy!



  1. Jaime says

    I appreciate the lentil salad recipe post, however…there are few ingredients missing from the list and a few steps from your “cooking” directions! I assume the Lentils are cooked after soaking??

  2. spookiewon says

    I think she’s mistaken about green tea and caffeine. AFAIK, the heating done to black tea removes some caffeine. That’s why dark roasts of coffee have less caffeine than blonde roasts, and AFAIK it applies to tea as well.

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