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congress kadlekai served in a bamboo cup
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Congress Kadlekai (Masala Peanuts)

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
Diet Gluten-Free, Keto, Low Carb, Vegan
Method Stovetop
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 625kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)


  • 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, asafetida and turmeric powder. Give a quick stir. Make sure not to burn the spices.
  • Immediately add in de-skinned 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 spiced congress kadlekai recipe with some tea or top it on churmuri, tomato slice chaat or any chat.


  1. Roast the peanuts on low flame else it will not be crunchy. Also, it might get a side odor and it would taste bad after a few days.
  2. Removing the skin is key to how the congress kadlekai tastes, but it's ok to have a little bit of skin left.
  3. Adjust spices according to your choice. While making the tempering, make sure the heat is low. If not the spices will burn.
  4. Adding sugar in the spiced kadlekai recipe is completely optional but store brought congress kadlekai has little sugar in them.
  5. You have to wait until the peanuts cool down completely before you store them in an airtight container. The Congress kadlekai stays good for a month if stored well.
  6. You can roast peanuts on a stovetop pan 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.
  7. If you already have roasted and de-skinned peanuts at home, this can be under 5 minutes.
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