When I created a facebook page on Bangalore Food Bloggers, I had no idea, that the list will come so long. There are 40+ food bloggers in the group till date and the list is growing. To celebrate this Bangalore Foodie Blogger Group, I thought of doing a ‘Guest Post’ series on Bangalore Food Bloggers. Hope you enjoy knowing them and reading there famous Bangalore (Karnataka) recipes.
It’s my honor and pleasure to start the event with Deesha of Vegetable Platter. With only one photo per post, she makes her readers lure. Deesha is one of those buddy blogger, whom I know since the very early days of my blogging. So when I asked her to make a guest post, she said “oh yes!” and sent me her delectable entry. Please welcome Deesha of Vegetable Platter!
Hello there!!! Those of you reading this will know what a talented blogger Lubna is. And, it is of course very flattering to be asked to do a guest post. Lubna wanted a recipe which had a bit of a local flavor & being a true blue Bangalorean, it really didn’t take me very long to decide, Congress kadlekai it will be. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Congress kadlekai, it is basically roasted peanuts spiked with some basic Indian spices … A typical Bangalore specialty.A small laid back city, that Bangalore once was, Coffee Days & Baristas didn’t exist back then. Iyengar Bakeries were where people would hang out for a quick dose of Masala Toast, Aloo Bun, Veg Puffs & Badam Milk. Of course, one would never forget to pack some spicy Congress Kadlekai back home.Now with the Coffee culture thriving in Bangalore, Congress Kadlekai is lost somewhere in between those unhealthy Burgers & Pizzas but if you walk into the by lanes of old Bangalore (I am talking about Basavanagudi here) any Iyengar bakery will have an ample stock of Congress Kadlekai.I wouldn’t really bother about making Congress Kadlekai at home because, the place I live in does not have any dearth of Iyengar Bakeries, but If you are a Bangalorean & if you are seven seas away, and, this post is making you want to take the next flight back home, Here is a very simple recipe for Congress Kadlekai to be enjoyed with a very strong dose of Filter Kaapi (Highly Recommended)
- 3 cups Peanuts
- 1 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder/Haldi
- A generous pinch of Hing
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Salt as per taste
- 1 tbsp oil
- In a pan, on really low heat, dry roast the peanuts until crisp & the skins turn reddish. Do Not roast on high heat as it may burn the peanuts. Set aside & allow the peanuts to cool. De-skin the peanuts & split them into halves.
- In a pan, heat oil, once moderately hot , add Hing, turmeric & red chilli powder. Sizzle for about a minute on low heat & add peanuts, salt & sugar. mix well & turn off the heat. Allow it to cool & store in air tight jars.
- Serve with HOT filter Coffee … Enjoi !!!
Thank you Deesha for making a guest post in my blog.