Congress Kadlekai or Kadle Beeja is a very popular and tasty snack from Karnataka, made by dry roasting the raw peanuts and is seasoned with a spice mixture and tossed until the masala is coated evenly. In Karnataka, this is famously found in condiment stores and Iyengar bakeries and also you generally see the street chat stalls keeping a big box of congress kadlekai and add them to the churmuri and other chat recipes, it is a quick and easy to make a snack with simple ingredients which can be stored in an airtight container for weeks. A crispy, tasty, and nutritious snack to munch for tea time and also congress kadlekayi is used to make chaats like churmuri, salads, bhelpuri …
Raw peanuts – 150 gms
Chilly powder – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Rock salt /salt to taste
Asafoetida – 1 pinch powdered
Curry leaves – 2 springs
Oil – 1 or 1 1/2 tsp
In a thick bottomed pan/Kadai, dry roast the raw peanuts until light brown under a medium-low flame. Peanuts will also start crackling. Take care not to burn the peanuts.
Once it is done, allow it to cool completely. Remove the skin and break each peanut to halves and keep ready.
Heat a pan with oil, when it is hot add curry leaves allow it to splutter and crisp, add all spices along with salt. Saute
Add deskinned and halved peanuts,
Toss until the spices are coated properly for 1 minute, switch off the flame
Allow it to cool completely. It can be made under 5 minutes if you already have roasted and de-skinned peanuts. Once it is cool enough to mix with hand, crush the curry leaves well-using hands.
Store it in an airtight container. Congress kadlekai stays good for a month if stored well.
Peanuts can be roasted on a stovetop or microwave. In a microwave-safe bowl add peanuts and micro on high for 3-4 minutes, tossing them over every minute until they roasted well.
Serve the congress kadlekai /masala peanuts a cup of tea or add in preparing churmuri, tomato slice chaat, or any chat or salads.