Congress Kadlekai

Congress Kadlekai is Old Bangalore specialty from Iyengar bakeries and other condiment stores. Always wondered why this is called “Congress”, but I have not found an answer to this!
Congress is spicy roasted de-skinned peanut. When you crave to munch something spicy and crunchy, or when you are immersed in some engrossing book or a cold evening in front of TV with a cup of coffee or tea, have this Congress Kadlekai….you won’t realize when and how you finished them ..Perfect!
Prep Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
15 Minutes
4-5 Peoples
Curry Leaves
Red Chilli Powder
Turmeric Powder
Pepper Powder
2 Cups
4 Springs
1 Tsp.
½ Tsp.
½ Tsp.
To Taste
½ Tsp.
2 Tsp.
1.     In a micro oven safe bowl roast the peanuts for a minute, mix well and microwave for one more minute. This is just to ease roasting on skillet. You can directly roast on skillet as well.

2.     Heat a skillet on low to medium flame and dry roast the microwaved peanuts to brown color. The peanuts should not burn. De-skin the peanuts and set aside.
3.     Dry roast the curry leaves. Let them cool.

4.     Crush the curry leaves with the de skinned peanuts. This is done for two reasons. Firstly the crushed curry leaves enhances the flavor and secondly the peanuts become half(split). Sprinkle salt and mix well.
5.     Now in a small bowl mix the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and the pepper powder and keep it ready.
6.     Heat oil in the same skillet( the oil should be hot not smokey). Add asafetida and put off the heat. Give a mix and add the powders from the bowl and mix.
7.     To this oil mixture add the crushed peanuts and give a good mix.
8.     Allow it to cool. Transfer it to an airtight container and store.


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