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Congress kadalekai / Masala Peanuts Recipe

Congress kadalekai is very popular and addictive snack of Karnataka:) Almost 12 years ago my friend Vidya gave me a ziplock full of congress kadlebija. It tasted exactly same as the roadside churumuri vendor. I thought it should be from India. But to my surprise no! she prepared the masala peanuts at home. I took the recipe I made it few times and then I stopped making it because of my son’s peanut allergy. During the summer vacation I visited India and I brought some congress Kadlekai and I stored it in the freezer. During the thanks giving break, we were making churumuri and I opened this packet, it is like orange color which is supposed to be more of yellow color(turmeric powder). It was looking like artificial color has been added to that which is not at all good for our health. Immediately I called Vidya again and got the recipe and prepared it again and again. Believe me this congress kadlakai is so addictive you will never stop eating it 🙂

I was always wondering how did this snack got the name congress? This is the story I heard from my father – during the congress emergency (70’s), for the meets it was the favorite snack. That is how name was associated with congress. If you have a different story about how masale Kadale kayi got its name congress, please do share it with us .

Ingredients for congress kadalekai:

  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • 3 to 4 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 25 to 30 curry leaves
  • more than 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Method:

  • Dry roast the peanuts on medium low heat for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Once it is cooled completely the skin can be removed easily. Place this on a clean towel.
  • fold it  and pound gently as shown.Then rub it , it will help to split in half. Separate the skin and keep it ready.
  • Heat the oil on low flame, fry the curry leaves until it becomes crisp. Careful when you add it to the hot oil.
  • Then add hing , roasted peanuts, turmeric powder, salt , chili powder and pepper powder. Mix it and continue to mix and let it be on low heat for a minute and then turn off the heat. Allow it to cool.
  • Once it is cool enough we have to mix with hand to crush the curry leaves.You have wait until the peanuts cools down completely before you store it (half f them is finished before this in our home and never got the chance to store it 🙂 )

Watch the video for tips and details.

  • Arthi Rajesh

    Hi Raji I don’t know how to thank you for this recipe { congress } I was looking for this from past few months I made it at home and trust me it had come out really well it was like I got it from shop from Bangalore ….. my hubby loved it too I was missing this from long time … thank you !

    • Raji

      Glad to hear this Arthi. Thanks for your feedback 🙂

  • Bhaskar Pernenkil

    The recipe seems great why is this called Congress Kadlekai

  • csk

    I tried this today and everyone in my family loved it. Thanks for clear instructions.