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Cheap Eats: Indian

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Holy Cow Indian Express 
This casual adjunct to Surya down the street is set in a minimall and geared toward takeout. The paprichat, a sort of Indian nachos with garbanzos, yogurt, and tamarind sauce, is an essential starter. After that you’re on your own: Choose from chicken vindaloo, lamb saag, vegetable masala, and an assortment of rice dishes and breads. Everything gets a pep talk from the Australian ginger beer. » 874 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323-852-8900.

Woodlands
Women not wearing saris stand out here, where families come for the weekend South Indian vegetarian buffet. Grab a tray and make the rounds: assorted vata (fritters, some with yogurt sauce), daal, vegetable curries, rice dishes, and breads galore—idli, naan, pappadum, dosa. Lunchtime thalis (the original small plates) are served on weekdays, and a full vegetarian menu is always available. » 11833 Artesia Blvd., Artesia, 562-860-6500.