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Congress Kadlekai Recipe | Spiced Peanuts Iyengar Bakery Style

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Recipe for Congress Kadlekai, a popular spiced peanut snack from the Iyengar bakeries of Karnataka which is usually paired with a hot cup of chai or coffee is a must for most people here. Unbelievably easy, and requires just 8 ingredients, so full of flavour and is just right for an evening snack or to sprinkle it on salads.
 Congress Kadlekai recipe - slurpy platter-1-3

Ok, first things first, if you’re wondering why a spiced peanut is associated with a political party, hold on to your horses, I was equally curious to know why it is called so. There’s definitely a story as to why the penut mix got a political party name. Here goes:

[There are quite a few urban legends surrounding just why politics played a key role in the naming one of Karnataka’s most popular snacks. Look carefully at the split peanut – does it remind you of something? Legend has it that since the split peanut resembled the famous Gandhi cap, the name ‘Congress’ was bequeathed upon it. Another story states that following the split of the Congress Party in 1969, the peanuts came to be called Congress, in a parody of the split, as the peanuts were always split to make this snack.] – Source : Express Foodie

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The popular Srinivasa Brahmins Bakery that is situated on DVG Road, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavanagudi is one of the oldest bakeries that started selling congress masala and the taste remains intact even today.

[The owner of the bakery, HR Ramprasad,  has an another twist to add to this mix. “In the pre-Independence era,” he says, ” the Congress party workers would write important party information on small chits of paper that would be hidden in boxes and sacks of peanuts being transported from one place to another, so that, hidden from the British, they could get the information from one place to another. This is how the name Congress came to be associated with the peanuts.” ] SOURCE: EXPRESS FOODIE

Congress Kadlekai recipe - slurpy platter-1-3

So there goes the story behind how the spiced peanut got its name. If you ask me, whats in a name? This delicious snack is so easy to make that I stopped buying it from the stores. I mean, the happiness of making a snack that is so close to your heart  at home is priceless. Especially to my foreign friends outside of India who miss this the most, it comes in handy and you definitely wouldn’t look back.

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Congress Kadlekai recipe - slurpy platter-1-3
Congress Kadlekai Recipe | Spiced Peanuts Iyengar Bakery Style
Recipe for Congress Kadlekai, a popular spiced peanut snack from the Iyengar bakeries of Karnataka which is usually paired with a hot cup of chai or coffee is a must for most people here. Unbelievably easy, and requires just 8 ingredients, so full of flavour and is just right for an evening snack or to sprinkle it on salads. 
Congress Kadlekai recipe - slurpy platter-1-3
Congress Kadlekai Recipe | Spiced Peanuts Iyengar Bakery Style
Recipe for Congress Kadlekai, a popular spiced peanut snack from the Iyengar bakeries of Karnataka which is usually paired with a hot cup of chai or coffee is a must for most people here. Unbelievably easy, and requires just 8 ingredients, so full of flavour and is just right for an evening snack or to sprinkle it on salads. 
Servings Prep Time
500Gms 5Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
500Gms 5Minutes
Cook Time
5 Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a pan, heat oil and add the curry leaves, once they splutter and wilt add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, black pepper and hing. turn off the flame.
  2. After 5 minutes, add the roasted peanuts, salt and give it a mix - the masala has to coat the peanuts well. Once done, transfer them to an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. Serve desired portion with a mug of piping hot chai or coffee by the side.
Recipe Notes
  • The Congress kadlekayi stays good for a month if stored well.
  • It is very important to roast the peanuts well to ensure that the crunch is intact. Else you might get a side odour and it would taste bad. 
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