Today I am sharing a very popular Peanut Snack from Bangalore and Mysore . It is a popular snack called Congress Kadlekai / Spicy Peanuts. It is very flavorful , spicy and highly addictive. We always enjoy it ,during our visit to Bangalore. It is so easy to make at home.. Do try this at home and I bet you will just love it. My hubby is a great fan of Congress Kadlekai.

Some Facts about Congress Kadlekai / Spicy Peanuts:

  • The credit for this recipe goes to Srinivasa Brahmin Bakery in Gandhi Bazar In Bengaluru.
  • It is very Flavorful and spicy
  • One of the theory behind this name is that the split peanuts which are used to make this snack were like the split in the Congress party way back in 1969.
  • We always add onion and grated carrots and serve as peanut masala to be served with the Booze.
  • I add it to chaats and curries too sometimes.

Some benefits of Peanuts:

  • Peanuts are rich in protein, fat, and various healthy nutrients.
  • People allergic to nuts should completely avoid it.
  • Peanuts are very versatile and used in desserts, cakes, confectionery, snacks, and sauces.
  • Peanuts are good source of biotin, copper, niacin, folate, manganese, vitamin E, thiamine, phosphorus, and magnesium.


Preethi Prasad
Highly addictive and popular snack from Bangalore and Mysore made with versatile Peanuts.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Wide Bottom Pan
  • Spatula
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 2 Cup Peanuts
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 30 Nos Curry Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • 1 Tsp Crushed Pepper Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • 2 Tsp Oil


  • Heat a wide bottom pan. Dry roast the peanuts for about 6-7 Minutes.
  • Transfer it to a bowl and allow it to cool completely.
  • Nicely rub them with hands so that the skin is separated and the peanuts are broken into half. Keep them aside.
  • Heat oil in the same pan. Add curry leaves . They should be crisp and not burnt.
  • Now add Asafoetida /Hing and roasted peanuts, turmeric , red chilli powder , salt and pepper powder.
  • Mix it well and keep it on low flame for a minute.
  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Mix all the ingredients with clean hands and crush the crisp curry leaves.
  • Store it in an air tight container. We usually finish half the stock .


  1. Use good quality peanuts for best results.
  2. Adjust the chilli powder quantity as per your spice tolerance.
  3. None of the ingredients to be skipped.
  4. Add grated carrots and finely chopped onions to make masala peanuts.
  5. Top it on curries , fried rice and chaats.
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  1. 5 stars
    Preethi, I’ve missed having this delicious looking and uniquely named Congress Kadlekai. Must find the shop and buy some from there. In the meantime, I guess I will have to make them at home following your recipe. Definitely a good accompaniment with booze 😉

  2. 5 stars
    I definitely will look for Congress Kadlekai in Bangaluru this time around. Definitely easy and great homemade snack with booze of course.

  3. 5 stars
    Spicy peanut is a favourite snack anytime. When it is homemade we can control the level of spice. Love to pair it with evening tea

  4. 5 stars
    Learnt another delicious way to make masala peanuts.. Sounds so flavorful with addition of curry leaves and asafetida .. will make for the weekend evening to enjoy with a chilled glass of my favourite cocktail and chilled beer for hubby!!

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