Monday, December 14, 2009

Instant Congress Kadalekayi (Spiced Peanuts)

If you are from Karnataka or have visited karnataka and eaten churumuri (puffed rice spice mixture you get from street vendors), you know what I am talking about. Traditionally peanuts are dry roasted and skin removed and then spiced up. I am giving the version of using already roasted and skinned peanuts. This is very easy, but very tasty and can be addictive.

  1. Dry Roasted peanuts (unsalted) - 2 cups
  2. Veg or peanut oil - 2 TBSP
  3. Hing - a big pinch or two
  4. salt - to taste
  5. Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  6. Pepper crushed to coarse powder - 1 TBSP or more
  7. Rasam powder - 1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  8. Sugar - 2 tsp
  9. Curry leaves - half a handful

Dry roast the curry leaves till crisp. Set aside. Heat oil in the same pan. When hot, add hing and then add peanuts. Stir to coat oil. Keep the pan on low heat and add turmeric, pepper powder, salt. Mix well and add rasam powder if using and sugar.Stir well and adjust the seasonings. Meanwhile, crush the dried curry leaves and add it to the mixture and after a minute or two turn off the heat. You can snack on this as is or make churmuri and eat.

Happy Cooking.
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  1. WOW!!! Champa... who will not love those churmuri and these yummy peanuts. Even love to have these peanuts alone. Yummm

  2. Nostalgia, Tina, Padma thanks for the comments. Yes, they are addictive. I had to stop my 2 year old from eating this itself as dinner.

  3. Congress kadlekayi beeja looks spicy.Ondu cup K.beeja, coffee and rainy evening are perfect together!

  4. Delicous peanuts to munch along with hot tea.

  5. terribly addictive.. and takes me back to Bangalore !! been looking for this recipe since a very longgggg time !! ;-) Thanks for posting !

  6. Just found this recipe. My husband loves these; so glad we can make them in the US now instead of stocking up when we go back to B'lore. Thanks!


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