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I've done the Google search but I think I trust you guys more than Google!

I'm going to be in Des Moines in April with a couple of friends and I would like to give Indian food a try for the first time. I'm leaning towards India Star but I thought I'd get some input on other restaurants. I have nearly zero tolerance for spiciness while one of my friends loves spicy food, so the ability to graciously adjust spice to taste would be a big plus.

Any suggestions for what to try that would be mild would be great too. TIA!

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  1. I havent lived in Iowa for 13 years.. but as far as food goes.. the Chicken Korma is wonderful and you can order it mild. Chicken Mahkni is great too! There is Butter Chicken too and it is mild.

    1. Namaste India
      7500 University Ave # A
      Clive, IA 50325

      My wife and I have been to all the Indian restaurants in Des Moines and this is our favorite. We have a friend that can not stand anything hot and they always do a great job and cutting back the heat.

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      Namaste India
      7500 University Ave Ste A, Clive, IA 50325

      1. Nameste is my favorite in Des Moines. It's southern style. It's pretty different from what most people think of when they think "Indian food." I really didn't like any other Indian places in DSM, and I've tried them all. If you can make the trip to Ames, Indian Delights is one of the best Indian places I've ever been to. I eat Indian quite often, and travel a lot, so that's saying a lot. His butter chicken is mild, and he will adjust the spice however you want. it will take a while for him to cook.

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        1. re: ajb05854

          Thank you, and to jds1212, two votes of confidence does it for me! I think we'll try Namaste India and for where we're going, it'll be easier to get to.

        2. We went to Namaste India today and it was wonderful! We shared a couple of appetizers - hummus and naan, and paneer pakora. The hummus was definitely my favorite. I had the butter chicken as my main but though I did order it mild, it was still pretty spicy to me, but it isn't their fault. I have a very low tolerance for spice. I ate it with plenty of rice and an order of plain naan. Seriously, I could make a meal of the naan alone, with plenty of hummus. I'll definitely be back to try some other things, spicy or not! I enjoyed it very much and so did my two companions.

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          Namaste India
          7500 University Ave Ste A, Clive, IA 50325