Saturday, April 15, 2017

CONGRESS KADALEKAYI (ROASTED & SPICED GROUNDNUTS)

CONGRESS KADALEKAYI (ROASTED & SPICED GROUNDNUTS)

If you have lived in Bengaluru, and we have lived here for decades, you can't miss having had
" Congress Kadlekayi" the spicy roasted groundnuts that is mostly available in the local Iyengar's Bakery.  No one can say how this got the name and I am not even attempting a try.

With the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches going on, snacks and quick bites are much in demand as we watch the television. As die hard Benagalureans, we are big fans of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Congress Kadalekayi makes for a good "timepass" snack but there is one problem! It will vanish in no time.  This recipe is adapted from a YouTube video in Kannada called Congress Kadale Beeja by Swayampaaka.



Ingredients:
  • Kadalekayi (Groundnuts), 2 cups
  • Fresh Curry Leaves, 2-3 sprigs,
  • Hing (Asafoetida), 1/4 tsp
  • Arasina, (Turmeric Powder), 1/3 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder, 1 tsp, or to taste
  • Pepper Powder, freshly ground, 1 tsp
  • Salt, 1 tsp, or to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp

Method:

Dry roast the groundnuts in a thick-bottomed kadhai, stirring till it becomes crisp which could take 6-8 minutes. (You could also roast the groundnuts in the microwave oven)
Allow the groundnuts to cool, then de-skin them and break them into halves. Keep aside.
Heat oil in the same kadhai on low flame and fry the curry leaves until they become crisp taking care that they don't get burnt
Add hing and saute for a few seconds, followed by the roasted, de-skinned and halved peanuts, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder and pepper powder
Mix well and stir for 1 minute on low flame so that the spice powders get well blended with the roasted groundnuts
Take it off the flame and allow it to cool
When it is cool enough to handle, using your hands gently crush the roasted curry leaves and mix well
When it cools completely, store in an air tight container