Without clay pots, naan would have to be cooked on running engine blocks and pottery wheels would only be used for launching the experimental DJ careers of retired art teachers. Put clay cookery to good use with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian fare and drinks at Ganges Authentic Indian Cuisine in Princeton Junction.
Ganges’s menu specializes in Hyderabadi cuisine and tandoori dishes, though classic fare culled from around India also graces the tables of this family-friendly eatery. The crispy, popular Indian street bite dahi sev poori, stuffed with potato, yogurt, sweet chutneys, and tamarind sauce ($4.95), lets taste buds meander through the flavors of a bustling marketplace before settling down with the house specialty tandoori chicken ($11.95). Unlike rice scavenger hunts in the Sahara dessert, biryani plates present easy-to-find basmati grains overflowing amid a sea of fragrant lamb or goat ($12.95).
Diners can savor Indochinese mash-ups of spicy chili chicken ($12.95) and the paneer Manchurian ($11.95) while performing utensil alchemy, turning bread to spoons with the assorted bread basket, featuring samplings of tandoori roti, aloo paratha, naan, and garlic naan ($9.95). Finish meals hummingbird-style by poking sweet-tooth proboscises into sweets such as Indian ice cream and gulab jamun dipped in rose-flavored hot-sugar syrup ($3.95 each).
Bright golden walls, soft music, and elegant floral arrangements surround Ganges’s exotic, casual space, which features décor imported from India. A selection of lassi drinks ($3.95 each) and alcohol-free mocktails such as cranberry- and lime-flavored margaritas and piña coladas ($4.95 each) let all members of the family quench their thirst in authentic Indian or traditional spring-break style.
33 Princeton Hightstown Rd.
Princeton Junction, New Jersey 08550Get Directions