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Namaste India offers a sweet (but not too sweet) end to its meals

Dessert is rarely in the cards when my family eats at Indian restaurants. On occasion, I'll get the carrot pudding known as gajar halwa, but without something chocolatey to tempt my spouse and kids, they usually pass and I content myself with another bite of saag and cup of chai. Not so at Namaste India, which I just reviewed. See also: Namaste India gets mild applause for its solid but stolid fare

There, past the onion kulcha and spinach naan and alu paratha on the menu's long bread section, is a variety that crosses the line into dessert: kabuli naan. Stuffed with pureed cherries, almonds, raisins and coconut, it reminded my kids of an edible Shirley Temple.

If that doesn't sound appetizing, consider that the filling is spread thin, so the sweetness is toned down between layers of crackly naan -- making it not just a good choice for kids, but for those like me who find Indian desserts a bit too sweet.


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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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