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Hot Peppers East Windsor NJ

Hot Peppers
761 Rt 33 W Ste 104
East Windsor, NJ 08520

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Hot Peppers Indian Takeout Review: Below Average Food, Spoiled Chutney

When we heard that an Indian takeout restaurant Hot Peppers had opened near Multiplex Cinemas in East Windsor, we stopped by the other day.

Hot Peppers is a typical takeout place with a few tables and lack of any dine-in ambiance.

We quickly headed to the counter where we were warmly greeted by a friendly, smiling Indian lady.

Picking up the menu at the counter, we quickly scanned the fairly elaborate list of items and placed our order.

Our takeout order included Vegetable Samosa ($1.50 for 2 pieces) for appetizer, Chicken Curry Masala ($7.25), Baingan Ka Bartha ($7.99), Tandoori Roti ($1.25 for one) for main course and Jalebi ($2.99) sweets for dessert.

Spoiled Chutney, Awful Samosas

Vegetable Samosas included Mint Chutney and Tamarind Sauce.

When fresh, Mint Chutney is usually pungent, spicy and an excellent accompaniment for the Samosa.

Alas, not at Hot Peppers folks! One dip into Mint Chutney and we were horror-struck. Mint Chuntey was spoiled. It had a sour, bad smell and taste.

Hot Peppers Spoiled Mint Chutney
Spoiled Mint Chutney and (left) Tamarind Sauce

Vegetable Samosas were too hard at the edges and the potato filling was a tasteless monstrosity that was devoid of any seasoning.

Tamarind sauce was alright but since Samosa itself was so bad we did not get much joy from it.

Hard Tandoori Rotis, Disappointing Chicken Curry Masala

Tandoori Roti was big.

And that's all we can say in its favor. The texture was so hard that we had tough time breaking a piece and eating it. In retrospect, we regretted ordering Tandoori Roti instead of rice.

Unfortunately, the entress Chicken Curry Masala and Baningan Ka Bartha do not come with rice or roti. They have to be ordered separately at Hot Peppers.

Hot Peppers Baingan Bartha, Chicken Curry, Tandoori Roti, Jalebi, Samosa
Hard Tandoori Rotis, Awful Samosas, Dry Jalebi
Chicken Curry Masala & Baingan Ka Bartha

Of the two entrees we ordered, Chicken Curry Masala was a dissappointment.

We had asked for the Chicken Curry to be spicy.

But the spices added to Chicken Curry Masala were not in sync with each other. It had disproportionate amount of chilli powder compared to other spices.

The clueless bozos at Hot Peppers appear to be unaware that when you make a dish spicy you have to tinker with the mix of the other ingredients as well lest to avoid the curry tasting like plain Red Chili Powder.

Baingan Ka Bartha was spicy and flavorful but a little high on turmeric powder.

Notwithstanding the excess turmeric powder, we still enjoyed Hot Peppers' Baingan Ka Bartha.

Stale, Dry Jalebi Sweets

Jalebi, a common Indian sweet, turned out to be another disppointment at Hot Peppers.

Hot Peppers' Jalebi was stale, way, way too low on sugar and dry without any evidence of being soaked in syrup. We did not enjoy it one bit and had to throw away most of it like the hard Tandoori Roti.

Our takeout order did not include paper/plastic plates, napkins and spoons.

Hot Peppers East Windsor Rating - Avoid

By serving spoiled Chutney, Hot Peppers is showing the middle finger to its paying customers and begging them to do the same in return.

It's unlikely we'll return to Hot Peppers any time soon. ©

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