Where to get your Indian food fix

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Do you remember being woken up early on a Saturday morning from the warm, sweet aroma of freshly cooked dosas wafting through your house? Those were the days, and oh, how we took them for granted. Those were the days when your mom cooked your favorite Indian dishes and packed them full of deliciousness. As you might have noticed, we are having serious authentic Indian food withdrawals — so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to get our Indian food fix.

1. Idli/dosa:

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Udupi Palace, 1901 University Ave.

For all things South Indian, make your way to Udupi Palace and have a taste of the 100 percent vegetarian cuisine. Satisfy your dosa — savory lentil rice crepe — cravings with the extensive dosa menu and accompaniments. Don’t forget to order some fresh idlis — steamed rice and lentil cakes — with chutney for dipping.

2. Naan:

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Mount Everest Restaurant, 2598 Telegraph Ave.

For warm, fluffy, fresh-baked naan, look no further than Mount Everest’s Indian and Nepali cuisine. Mount Everest has a variety of different naans on its menu to meet your every naan need. Plus, the lunch special comes with rice, garbanzo beans, a house salad, a thali and four whopping pieces of delectable naan.

3. Curries:

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House of Curries, 2520 Durant Ave.

As the name suggests, House of Curries has a wide selection of curries to offer at very reasonable prices. You can choose from a selection of vegetable, lamb, seafood and chicken curries. Be sure to take advantage of its afternoon special, which lasts Mondays through Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., to get rice or naan free with your choice of curry.

4. Chaat:

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Vik’s Chaat and Market, 2390 Fourth St.

Now, this one might be a little out of your way. But if you’ve ever got an afternoon to kill with a car at your convenience, head over to Vik’s Chaat to make all your chaat fantasies come true. Bhel puri, pani puri, samosas, pakoras — Vik’s Chaat has got it all. And when you’re done munching on your favorite snacks, head to the adjoining market to pick up some groceries to bring Indian flavor into your own cooking.

5. Convenience:

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Urbann Turbann, 1870 Euclid Ave.

Get your favorite Indian dishes wrapped up in a convenient, portable package. Simply pick your choice of a wrap, fill it with masala potatoes, add fresh veggies and drizzle on a chutney. Masala potatoes in a wrap? Yes please!

6. Chai:

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Indian Flavors Express, 2548 Bancroft Way.

As any Indian kid can attest to, there’s nothing better than a steaming hot cup of chai on a frosty afternoon to soothe your stresses away. Indian Flavors Express offers unlimited free chai with the purchase of any meal. So wash down those wonderful Indian dishes with a fragrant blend of tea, spices and milk.

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