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Congress Kadlekai/Masala Peanuts Recipe

Congress Kadlekai/Masala Peanuts Recipe is a popular snack from Karnataka made by dry roasting the raw peanuts and are seasoned with spice mixture and tossed until well incorporated.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Indian, south indian
Keyword congress kadlekayi, healthy snacks, karnataka style, masala peanuts, peanut snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 625kcal
Author bhavana


Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup raw peanuts/groundnuts/shenga/kadlekai
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder (adjust as per your spice level)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder (adjust as per your spice level)
  • 1 big pinch turmeric powder(haldi)
  • 1 big pinch asafetida(hing)
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered sugar (optional)
  • salt to taste


  • In a thick bottomed pan/kadai, dry roast the raw peanuts until light brown under medium low flame. Peanuts will also start crackling. Take care not to burn the peanuts.

  • Cool the roasted peanuts and remove the skin by rubbing your hands between the peanuts ,if not all. Little bit of skin on the peanuts is ok and then halve the peanuts.

  • Place a kadai/pan in low flame.  Heat the oil and add in curry leaves and fry until crisp.

  • Next add all the spice powders like red chili powder, pepper powder, asafoetida and turmeric powder.Give a quick stir.Make sure not to burn the spices.

  • Immediately add in deskinned and halved peanuts , salt and sugar for taste.Adding sugar is optional but I highly recommend it.

  • Mix well for a minute under very low flame .The masala has to coat the peanuts well.switch off the stove and keep it aside.

  • Once it is cool enough to mix with hand, crush the curry leaves well using hands. Doing this will help in blending the curry leaves well with the peanuts.

  • Serve the congress kadlekai /masala peanuts with some tea or top it on churmuri ,tomato slice chaat or any chat.


  1. You have wait until the peanuts cools down completely before you store it in a airtight container.The Congress kadlekai stays good for a month if stored well.
  2. Roast the peanuts on low flame else it will not be crunchy .Also it might get a side odour and it would taste bad after few days.
  3. Removing the skin is key to how the congress kadlekai tastes, but its ok to have little bit of skin left.
  4. Peanuts can be roasted on stove top or microwave.In microwave safe bowl add peanuts and micro on high for 3-4 minutes, tossing them over every minute until they roasted well.
  5. Adjust spices according to your choice.While making the tempering, make sure the heat is in low. If not the spices will burn.
  6. Adding sugar in the recipe is completely optional but store brought congress kadlekai has little sugar in them.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Serving: 100grams | Calories: 625kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 24g