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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