Congress ~ Spicy Peanuts

This is one snack which is welcomed anytime of the day with tea or coffee back at home. As you start eating them, they slowly take your following sense organs and rule them : tongue, nose, ears and eyes. They make them feel their presence. Eyes feel happy and tear, nose says I love you and sniffs, ears get hot while your tongue is busily engaged in coordinating the responses with brain and makes you ask for more! Isn't it wonderful ;-)


People of Bengaluru love them (esp if they love peanuts). Peanuts has fans from all classes of people in India because it is pocket friendly :D. I remember my dad's friends fondly referring it as 'badavana badami = poorman's cashewnut'.


Congress Kadalebeeja - why did they name it so? I was looking for an answer and got it here . Although I have munched it umpteen times for years, I never went upon questioning anyone for it's politicised name. Politics is not my topic of interest :D It is a simple snack which can be made in about 20 mins time if you have a microwave oven, or else it may probably take 15 mins more if you don't have it. Here you go with one of the favorite snack of "namma Bengaluru"

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You need the following to make Congress Kadalebeeja/Spicy Peanuts:
Peanuts : Few Cups (as much as you want to make)
Oil (you may need maximum of 1 tbsp for 4 cups of peanuts)
Curry leaves : 1-2 strings

For spice mix : Redchilli powder, turmeric, riceflour(tsp) salt and coarsely powdered black pepper powder. Mix everything and keep it ready.

Method :
Microwave peanuts till they are crisp. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Deskin them.
Heat oil in a pan and add deskinned peanuts and fry for 2-3 mins along with curry leaves. When peanuts get crisp in oil. Switch off the stove and add the spice mix and mix thoroughly. Let it come to room temparature.

How to serve/enjoy:
Make a mug of coffee. Wish for little rain (if it is not raining :P) Start munching spicy peanuts and sip coffee in between ....till you figure out which container to refill :-)

29 comments:

SPICE OF LIFE said...

yummy !! just love the idea of having these .... shall try them soon :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

LOL!I am hearing this congress peanutsand reason behind it! enjoyed this post! Lovely recipe too!

Cham said...

Gosh no politics behind nuts :( Lk Great snack

sowmya said...

good one..and so simple with MW..

Veda Murthy said...

oh no! i want that now!!!!as u said bengaluru people love them!!!!!

Happy cook said...

They may call it what ever they want. I don't care as it looks so yumm delicious.
Did you MW them in high, meadium, low.

LG said...

@ HC,

I microwaved it in "Medium" for 3-4 mins as they were a bit soggy.

Sowmya Tripurant said...

Mouth watering...i got to wait for some time to have them...n

rekhas kitchen said...

aaha hha yenri hinga madtayidiri I feel like crying Iwant to go back to Bengaluru now hummm ok any way i simply love them that plate was inviting dont give it to anybody it is for me he hee just kidding superb recipe lakshmi.. Iremember in bengaluru flower market they nicely packed and sell for i think for 1 0r 2 rs

LG said...

@ Rekha,

Nodi neevu bega bandre khandita ittirtini, illa andre nimma hesaru heli naane gulum (;) maadthini

Anonymous said...

Wow! Lakshmi.... very nice....its raining this side ........yaradru maadi kotre ,,.. chenagiruthe lol...
rgds
Mangala

Priya said...

Haha loved ur recipe title...would love munch those spicy peanuts rite now...

LG said...

@ Mangala,

LOl..male bandaga nangu haage ansodu, yaradru madkotre esthu chenna antha :P

DEESHA said...

congress kadlekai looks yumm .. i love having it with coffee

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks spicy and yummy.

AnuSriram said...

That looks spicy and tempting! Nice story too!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Nice tea time snack... And wishing for rain is something I liked so much with a dish like this in hand...

Uma said...

Interesting name for peanuts and the reason behind that is hilarious :) Love those spicy peanuts.

romaspace said...

really delicious snack, anytime!

Madhu said...

Love congress kadalekayii beeja, lots of memories over this.

Vibaas said...

looks yummy. The name is funny though ;-) (Explanation - funnier :D)

anupriya said...

nice post,the way u have written...!
have got peanuts,will try this out.

Ivy said...

Thanks for visiting Lakshmi. Yum they sound delicious.

Dibs said...

:-))))))))))) Congress and beer!

Quite amazing why the humble kadalaikai catches interests of politicians and kings! See my post on Raja's Special!

Adlak's tiny world said...

pic itself inviting ma.. spicy crispy plate waiting for me.Y the delay, hm send me quick...

notyet100 said...

feel like munchin them right now,...will make them for sure,..thnks for te easy recipe,..;-)

shakaharisapadu said...

my son loves peanuts. Will definitely try this one out :) Thanks Lakshmi!

Premyscakes said...

Wow, i luv roasted peanuts. Yours with seasoning looks great, will try soon.

Uj said...

Wow... never heard of this.. tumbane chennagide hesru..congress kadalebeeja.. try maadthini..