Padma Lakshmi: Krishna Will Have the ‘Greatest Palate in the World’

06/16/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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As host of Bravo’s Top Chef — which premieres its new season at 9 p.m. Wednesday — Padma Lakshmi is game for just about anything.

“We eat all kinds of funky things on the show,” the cookbook author, 39, said during a Tuesday visit to Lopez Tonight.

As a nursing mom during production for season seven, however, Lakshmi was often eating for two!

That’s why daughter Krishna Thea, 3 months, “will have the greatest palate in the world,” the proud mama predicts. “She ate everything that I ate, through my breastmilk.”

“My baby was having a little bit of yak, a little bit of curry goat, a little bit of duck balls,” Lakshmi laughs. “I’ve eaten a lot of testicles in my days … I’ve had bull’s cojones … I’ll try anything once.”

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kim on

hmm…i guess thats something to be proud of…knowing your unborn child is eating testicles. whatever

April E on

That’s disgusting

Melissa on

Kim, if you read the article correctly, the baby is 3 months old and she’s saying the baby is eating everything through her breast milk.

Jenny on

Kim, did you even read the article? Her baby was 3 months old by the time production started, not “unborn” (as you put it.) I was exposed to multi-cultural foods as a child and I am better off for it today…

Di on

Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it wrong for others. Have you ever had rump roast? Then you just ate a cows butt, ever had ribs, or a chicken leg? Think about what these parts of an animal are before you put someone else down for what they eat.

romy on

I’m just waiting for the breast feeding league to pour in their comments like they did on the Kardashian blog!

Erin on

I think it’s very healthy to live under the food motto “I’ll try anything once”. Lots of people in the world eat stuff Americans (more broadly, Westerners) find disgusting. Better to get your kid to try “exotic” foods than the processed crap too many parents give them. Okay, not testicles, but if we’re making that deal, how about not McDonalsds, hot dogs and chicken fingers! Please!

jessicad on

I think that’s awesome! Padma is so pretty too.

I agree with Erin, plus there are WAY worse things in hot dogs than testicles:)

Luna on

I agree with Erin.

Lee on

@ jessicad, after seeing what goes into hot dogs, I haven’t had one since!! It’s so gross 😦 No wonder I go through days of avoiding meat 🙂

Ulrica on

I agree! Try anything once is my motto as well. my dad was military and he always said you can’t say you don’t like something if you never treid it. That is why I think people should adopt the same motto. We have kids who are picky eaters. Their picky because parents don’t want to fight with them. Im glad Padma is doing what all parents should.

karen on

In Oklahoma, people eat testicles all the time – they call them “calf fry” or “lamb fry” and they’re common on restaurant menus and in ranch kitchens.

john aguon on

Obviously, food must be nutritious but it can be cultural that is common in a specific area of the world. It may be rejected in some parts of the country because there are large amounts of the best meats available.

Christina on

We actually have a festival out here in Montana called “The Testicle Festival” and is a HUGE hit every year. I, personally, have never tried testicles but maybe one day I’ll get the “balls” to do it!!

Jessie on

Testicles of bulls (beef) used to be called ‘sweetbreads” – and are a delicacy in most parts of the world.
Most Americans are very provincial in their tastes, and even when they travel all they ever want to eat is hamburgers and fries. Or else why would anyone have Macdonalds in Paris?
Thank goodness, there are some enlightened chefs on the Food Network these days, and they show that there are other things to eat that are not so bad, in fact most of these items may be terrific. Ever try cow’s tongue? or pig ears? pig tails? All terrific things to eat – if cooked with the right spices. In the end, keeping an open mind is what it’s all about.

t. on

Hate to bust your bubble kids, but unless you are buying cheap hotdogs at the dollar store, more often than not, there is nothing gross that goes in to them. It’s just pureed meat. People should learn more about where their food comes from and how it comes to market in pretty little packages.

Erin on

Christina – I LOVE that you managed to get “testicles” and “HUGE” in the same sentence! I know you were talking about the festival being huge…but still! Thanks for the great case of LOL!

buffy on

people who are putting down rocky mountain oysters obviously haven’t been outside of the city too often in their lives. I know my family isn’t the only one who makes calf branding and all that entails into a party. nothing quite like a day of roping, branding, castrating, and eating rocky mountain oysters and drinking beer.

t. on

Sweetbreads are NOT testicles. They are the thymus gland and found in the neck of the animal.

Lorus on

t – I think she meant Prairie oysters.

I laughed out loud when I read that last line!

It’s so true about how a lot of Americans won’t try food outside their realm. My husband and I were so excited for the food when we went on our honeymoon to Mexico. Sadly, the resort had more hamburgers, fries, and pizza than it did authentic Mexican. Catering to Americans!

Justine on

Whatever, people can do and eat whatever they want. I prefer not to live by the ‘I’ll try anything once” motto. The idea of eating something just for adventure as opposed to it being agriculturally raised for consumption, does not appeal at all. I’m not going out of my way to eat a puppy just because ‘I’ll try anything once”

Jackie on

Yes, male ducks have balls! Like a rooster, they are internal, up against the backbone. Rooster fries are treated like delicacy in the South. Unfortunately, the rooster must die to donate his “fries”.
Hog testicles,better know as Mountain oysters are good eating too along with calf testicles, better known as calf fries. When it’s time to cut (castrate) hogs or calves, someone is eating high on the hog!

Erin on

Way to throw in a red herring, Justine. I don’t think anyone here is condoning scarfing down domesticated pets. Domesticated animals, possibly. Lassie, no. Nice try, though.

Christina on

The whole “testicles” and “huge” analogy wasn’t intended!! But now that I went back and read at, I started chuckling too. Rocky Mountain Oysters!!!

Margie on

I grew up in a multi-cultural environment and I must say am better off for it. I am one of the very few “white” girls that love pickled pigs feet, scrambled eggs with cows brains, cow tongue, and armadillo. I honestly haven’t tried cows testicles because I haven’t been to a restaurant that serves them but I gaurantee if I ever do go there then I will try them. My step-grandparents were fantastic cooks and made me the woman I am today, not afraid to try anything once. Parents should strive for their kids to have an open mind, and palet where cultural lifestyles and cuisine are concerned.

Karen on

Yuck. What a lovely story.

Bonnie on

I think it’s mostly pregnancy talking, but I don’t think I’d ever try testicles. I was always the adventurous kid who was never picky and would clean her plate and eat any veggie, though. So I really think this new-found pickiness is hormonal, especially since I was raised on all kinds of multicultural experiences (food, art, music) by my hippy parents. Yet still, I’m having a hard time not gagging every time I read the word now.

Diane from PA on

LOL, A lot of men reading this just crossed their legs and winched.

I believe in trying everything once but sometimes I just can’t manage to put certain items (like rattlesnake) in my mouth. My grandson was afraid of trying frog legs. He told us in a very loud voice that they would make him “croak”. I convinced him that if he ate them then he’d be able to jump higher than all the other kids in his preschool class so he finally tried one. I think it’s wonderful that a show like Top Chef has opened our eyes to the foods from other cultures.

Mel on

Don’t some of you ladies “read” before you post?

Lauren on

Mel, what do you mean? Just curious where you are going with the “read” part.

t, hot dogs are gross and all hot dogs are NOT all pureed meat.

noam on

it’s always amazed me that if you don’t know what you’re eating, you can try anything…that’s how my parents did it. we had to try at least a bite of something before they told us what it was/what was in it. this was particularly useful when we traveled, as they would only let us go to local restaraunts on vacation. obviously, not everyone is fond of this method of eating, but i am strangely proud of saying that i’ve nibbled on a skirts-kidney stew in county cork or kitfo in ethiopia…i suppose it would be rather odd to voluntarily eat these things in my home in the us, but as a traveller, they are (to me) essential.

Mel on


I’m going to fill you in on a dirty little secret about hotdogs =)

if you have a package in your freezer go and take a look, 90% of all hot dogs second “ingredient” is Mechanically separated. MEaning a big ol machine takes all the left over parts that aren’t used to make the high end meats and takes out most, but not all, of the bones. then the remainder gets ground up and then pressed into the hot dog skin. SO this means, that hot dogs infact contain balls, amongst other undesirable parts of the animal, but it’s hidden because it’s in a nice fun looking shape =) And the few hot dogs that ARE 100% pure beef… think carefully here… balls are still part of the cow… it just means no filler. Just thought you’d like some well informed FACTUAL information about the food you eat =)

NurseMC on

It’s easy to say tht you won’t eat a certain food when you have choices. When you live in a place or situation where you constantly scavenging for food, dogs would look more appetizing. In the end everything is relative to your situation & place in the world. Hindus would be offended if ever served beef. There are several strange things that we now that are considered “common”. For example, think about from where eggs come…a chicken’s vagina. Who was the first person that decided to eat that? Or milk… one day somebody decided, I want to drink the same thing that calf is sucking off it’s mother nipples. Why are dogs or testicles strange but escargot (SNAILS) gourmet? Think before you judge the foods of other people.

izzy on

geez, people are so sensitive. the united states is so sensitive about anything that has to do with “private parts” and everyone has heart attacks if someone eats bull testicles. have an open mind people. not everyone wants to stuff their faces with burgers and hot dogs.

lisa on

I think it is great that she wants to expose her daughter to different foods (even if it is just via breast milk for now). In my house we had a “no thank you bite” rule where before we could say we didn’t want something (or “no thank you”) we had to at least have one bite (and a legitimate bite not a nibble) of it first. THEN after we tried it we could pass. And my parents would re-introduce foods like tomatoes and mushrooms periodically as people palates change (they are now two of my favorite foods, a far cry from how I felt about them at age 7). It made me happier and far more willing to try more “exotic” foods as I grew up and now, as an adult, there is very little I WON’T try. (or at least won’t at least have a “no thank you bite” of). I fully intend to have the same rule with my children when I have them.

mochababe73 on

I am glad that I’m not so closed minded when it comes to food. We are a family that will try everything just once. Just last weekend, my two sons tried octopus. They both eat sushi. My sister brought fried ants from Columbia, and my 12 year old loved it! In the community where we used to live, my two boys were thought to be weird. Sometimes we get that in the African American communities. Which I never understood because chitterlings are disgusting.

Cindy on

I think I’ll just stick to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

47table on

I know what you mean, mochababe. I have tried octopus but can’t eat it again, but love sushi and chitterlings and I am from the South. My kids are wierd too just like me. I think it is great to experience different cultural foods. I love exotic cuisine and it makes you stand out of the crowd. You never know, that open-mindedness can take one to great places.

CelebBabyLover on

Lauren- I’m pretty sure Mel was referring to the fact that Padma makes it clear in the article that she’s referring to Krishna getting her food through her breast-milk, yet some people are commenting as if she was referring to Krishna getting that food in utero. 🙂

Christina- Testicle festivals are popular around where I live, too (and on the flyers for them, of course there’s always the obligatory, “You’ll have a ball!” or something similar. :)).

Erin- I think McDonalds, hotdogs, and chicken nuggets are part of being a kid, and are fine in moderation. That being said, I totally agree with your second comment. Obviously the people who are saying “try everything once” probably don’t mean it literally!

Allie-Rose on

Well, so far as I’m concerned, I’m not shocked. Different countries have different cultures, including food culture. In Europe, we still eat stuff that other countries might find disgusting, like blue cheeses (the blue part is mold), in Greece we eat intestines and liver, in Corsica they have a cheese with worms, French people love beef tongue, … I think it all comes down to accepting things are different in other countries and everything is worth trying

D on

Sorry, but that’s gross. Her culture though.

Mari on

There is no way of knowing what kind of palate the baby will have. Just because she eats all kinds of things does not mean the baby will, too.
I, like Padma, ate all kinds of things in all my pregnancies and each of my children are very different when it comes to likes and dislikes in food. This was very apparent from the time they started solid food. They were breastfed, too.

Kris on

D – that’s not her culture. Grow a brain.

Lacey on

It’s totally bewilders me how some people can say “eww gross” about yak meat and duck balls, but they think that half the food that Americans eat is actually ediable. It’s not. Our food products are loaded with crap, from sodium and unneed fat to chemicals and artifical ingrediants.

Dee on

I live by that same motto…and I am better off for it as well. We grew up on an island but my mother made sure our meals (often time dinner) reflected the ingredients from other parts of the world.

To date I have tried a lil bit of just about everything….how else will you know you dont like something unless you’ve tried it?

Alligator, frogs, brains, tripes, heart, snake, balls etc. etc…..lemme tell you, when prepared just right you think you are eating chicken.

Some westerners are a lil too dang conservative and they look at what other people eat and become disgusted by it. People from all over the world have been using every part of the animal to eat for centuries and they are a hell of a lot healthier for it.

We teach our kids that McDonald’s or KFC is good food and then we impose these chains on the rest of the world because I guess its not enough that we are among the FATTEST nation in the world…we need other people to join in our misery!!!!

I am due in a few days and I have been eating everything with the exception of undercooked or raw stuff of course and I will continue this once my baby is born. I want him or her to have a really great appreciation for food that doesn’t come foiled backed in grease!!!!

But that’s just me!!!!

Carry on everyone!!!

Eva on

And this is why me and my children are all Vegans. My children never have and never will put any of this garbage in their mouths.

MZ on

I’ve had aligator…tastes like chicken! My mother loves eel and beef tongue, and my father said bull testicles are really delicious all fried up. I wish I was a bit more adventurous but I think it’s great that Padma is!

JM on

don’t even get me started on vegans 😉 (gentle poking fun, no actual offence intended)

J on

So you think, Eva.

LeslieD on

Happy to be a vegetarian but I don’t judge what others eat–I just know what works for me–to each his own–after 30 years of getting unwanted attention and flack for my diet I am not going to be judgemental about what others choose to eat.

Erin on

I will try MOST things once. But, I have a lot of foods I will not eat after trying them. I don’t know why everyone thinks that American is synonymous with uneducated and culturally ignorant.

There are many things in our country, by region, that other regions would think is “disgusting” and wouldn’t even think to eat where they are from. I was born in Southern California, and there are things here in Wisconsin that locals think are disgusting. Such as avocado, and I used to eat them alone with a spoon and a shaker of salt and pepper. And there are things here that I think are odd, like cheese curds.

Furthermore, I’m sure there are natives of other countries that would look at what we eat here in America as odd and disgusting, and no not just our fast food or our bastardized versions of their food. In Louisiana they eat alligator, ostrich, crayfish, etc. Those are “exotic” but they are what is AVAILABLE there. Not all foods are AVAILABLE everywhere. If you’re from there, they aren’t “exotic” to you.

People need to get over their elitist, self-righteous views of themselves just because they’ve been “adventurous.” And please, quit putting Americans down. I’m sure whatever country you’re from you have your own fanatics, idiots, and unenlightened people as well. It’s not just America.

We’re all the same species, and we all function the same. We just are from different regions with different fauna and flora we co-exist with, and different religions that socially form us. How are we ever to a global community and world peace when we tear one another apart over food? There’s no hope for us accepting one another for differing religions and political views if we can’t even accept someone’s food preferences.

Get over yourselves, get along, ACCEPT and TOLERATE. Do not disparage. Love and peace equally for all.

Just saying.

LauraM on

This is great! I know there’s been some back and forth here, on whether Padma was referring to pregnancy or lactation, but they are both times that I am sure have worked to expand her daughter’s palate. Whatever flavors are in the mother’s diet affect the taste of the amniotic fluid, and babies begin getting used to the mother’s diet then, whether it’s familial, cultural or just personal. A breastfed baby continues that rounded exposure to a varied flavor profile. Unlike a formula-fed child, who day in and day out ingests the same flavor and texture (often making for a very picky eater later on!), breastfed babies taste flavors and nuances from whatever their mother has recently eaten. It may not make for a preference of testicles, but Krishna will very likely experience a more expansive depth of flavor profile when encountered with something another child may simply reply with “bitter- yuck!”
BTW- Someone mentioned the breastfeeding squad or something similar, showing up on this blog as they did the Kardashian one. Just to note, that #1, it is not surprising at ALL that Padma Lakshmi is breastfeeding. #2, Kourtney has become such a strong proponent of breastfeeding and so enjoys her own nursing relationship that it has becaome part of how she identifies herself. The rush to pat her on the back by other breasfeeding proponents was because she stepped out there, indicating that it was sort of an odd place for her to be. The breastfeeding squad seemed to show up to support her, letting her know that it was a good fit and she wore it well.