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First let's talk about the mango souffle at Streets of India in Encino. Light as air, rich as cream, pure mango flavor from the pulverized fresh mango and coconut milk — for $2.75. During the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet ($8.75 on weekdays) or the insane early-bird special (11 a.m. to noon on weekdays for $6.75), eat as much souffle as you like. Or the soy chicken tikka masala, one of many tasty vegan choices here. Run by an Indian family, this welcoming cafe and outdoor patio on bustling Ventura Boulevard features a buffet that includes fish and chicken curries, tandoori chicken, saag paneer and other traditional dishes. The regular menu offers nearly a dozen curries — Kerala shrimp curry at $12 — and numerous delicious flatbreads, including three that are gluten-free. Start a new habit and try the baby corn fries for $4. —Jill Stewart

16260 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 91436. (818) 325-2500, streetsofindiacafe.com.

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