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Congress Kadalekai or Masala Peanuts

Congress kadlekai recipe– Congress Kadlekai is the Kannada name for masala peanuts. This quintessential snack from Karnataka, is famously found in condiment stores and iyengar bakeries.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Madhavi


  • Raw peanuts - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 tsps
  • Curry leaves -2 strings
  • Red chilly powder -1/2 tsp or to taste
  • Crushed black pepper -1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Asafatedia hing- one pinch
  • Sugar -1/4 tsp optional



  • In a skillet add the raw peanuts. pan fry them in a low flame until light brown.Cool the roasted peanuts and remove the skin by rubbing your hands between the peanuts.
  • Remove most of the skin, if not all. Little bit of skin on the peanuts is ok.
  • Place a skillet in low flame.  Heat the oil  and the curry leaves. fry for 15 seconds.
  • Add the red chilly powder, turmeric powder, crushed black pepper and asfatedia. Quickly give a stir and add the roasted peanuts. Make sure not to burn the spices.
  • Add salt to taste and mix well.At this point you can add some sugar for taste. Adding sugar is optional .
  • Serve the masala peanuts/ congress kadalekai with some tea or top it on chirumuri or any chat.



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