Indian food has been lumped in the “cheap eats” category for decades in America. But in NYC, there’s a rich tradition of high-end Indian restaurants that challenge this stereotype, serving up inventive South Asian cuisine in a white tablecloth setting. To help Horsepowar learn more about the world of Indian fine-dining in New York City, she’s teaming up with the hilarious actor, comedian, and “Daily Show” vet Aasif Mandvi. At Junoon, a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Manhattan, Aasif and Horsepowar sample some of chef Akshay Bhardwaj’s most creative dishes while discussing spice, price, and the stereotypes that still surround “ethnic” cuisine in the U.S. in 2018. From ghost pepper-laced tandoori chicken, to a massive, curry-topped lamb shank, Horsepowar gets a crash-course in Indian haute cuisine from a certified comedy legend.
Watch Aasif Mandvi Taste Tests High-End Indian Dishes
"Chefs in India will just intuit what the spices are, and what the spices need to be. It's almost like jazz."