Congress Kadlekai & Peanut Masala (Raja Special)

Sunday, April 19, 2020

For the uninitiated, Congress Kadlekai is basically Spicy Roasted Peanuts & is a Bangalore Speciality. This snack has a little bit if history to it & was created way back in 1956 by Sreenivasa Brahmin's Bakery located on DVG Road, Gandhi Bazaar 


Apart from eating it as a snack, it is also added to a lot of Bangalore style chaats especially Churmuri & Tomato Masala.

For the longest time, Congress Kadlekai was something that we bought only from Iyengar Bakeries in Bangalore & I never attempted making it at home, but its really easy to make it at home, the only effort is to roast, de-skin & halve the peanuts. Once that is ready the rest is easy

Congress Kadlekai

You Will Need:

  • 2 cups Peanuts 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Red Chili Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper Powder
  • 2 big pinches of Asafoetida/Hing
  • 2-3 sprigs of Curry Leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt as per taste 
How To:

In a heavy bottomed pan, dry roast peanuts until they are crisp & the skin turn slightly reddish. Transfer into a bowl & allow it to cool

Place the peanuts on a clean kitchen cloth & tie the edges into a knot & rub the peanuts well. This helps the skin come off easily Split the peanuts into halves & set aside

In the same heavy bottomed pan, heat oil. Once its moderately hot, add Asafoetida, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, pepper powder & curry leaves. Let it sizzle on low heat for about 30 seconds. Add the peanuts & Salt & turn off the heat.

Once its cool, Mix the spice mix & peanuts with your hands, crushing the curry leaves 

Allow it to cool completely before storing them into air tight jars

Peanut Masala (Raja Special)


Bangalore style Peanut Masala, also known as Raja Special is made using Congress Kadlekai mixed along with the usual suspects like, Onions, Tomatoes & Carrots. It is a very popular starter served in restaurants & local bars all over the city 

It also makes for a great protein packed snack. Once you have Congress Kadlekai ready (Home made/store bought), It takes 5 minutes to put this together 


To Make Peanut Masala (Raja Special)

  • Half cup Congress Kadlekai
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped Onion
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped Tomato
  • 2 tablespoon grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
How To:

In a wide bowl, mix all the ingredients together & serve as a starter


I have noticed that finely chopped onions when kept aside for a long time, turn bitter. These onions when added to a chaat tends to lend a very bad taste So chop onions a few minutes before you plan  to assemble this dish

Congress Masala

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