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Q: My girlfriend's birthday is in July, and I'd love to make her a meal of Indian food: entrees, side dishes, drink, and dessert. The only problem is that I am just learning how to cook. Also, she's vegetarian. What are some dishes that would be easy to make and go well together?

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Editor: What a sweet idea! Here are some of our favorite vegetarian Indian dishes:

A Very Simple Dal Palak
Saffron Rice with Peas and Cashews
Karnataka-Style Pongal
Braised Coconut Spinach and Chickpeas with Lemon
Papaya Lassi with Cardamom
Masala Chai Tea

Readers, what are your favorite Indian dishes to make at home?

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