Khara kadalebeeja

It was a rainy evening. My hubby asked for something spicy. When it comes to rain and spicy food my husband’s imagination always ends up in a plate of hot bajji. To widen the scope of his imagination, I decided to try something new. I had read the recipe of khara kadalebeeja that morning in the newspaper. So, I decided to give it a shot.

Khara kadalebeeja is generally sold in packets in bakeries and other condiments shops. Packets usually showcase red coated peanuts but what I prepared did not turn all that red, maybe because I did not add in the extra color. The taste was great! So, here it is!

Ingredients

1 cup groundnuts / peanuts
1/2 besan / gram flour
1 tbsp rice flour (This was my idea… for extra crispy peanuts)
1 tsp red chilli powder or to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
A pinch of hing
1/2 tsp jeera / cumin seeds, crushed. Or 1/2 tsp of jeera powder
A big pinch of hing / asafoetida
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Let’s get started

In a plate spread the peanuts. Sprinkle water on them so they are completely wet.
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In a bowl, add rice flour, besan, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, crushed jeera, hing and salt. Mix all these dry ingredients well.
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Spread the besan mix on top of the peanuts. Mix them well, so there is a coating of besan mix on each of the peanut.
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Heat oil. Deep fry the peanuts in batches.
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Enjoy your khara kadalebeeja with a hot cup of tea while it rains outside!
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Raja Special – healthy style

Raja special is a peanut snack famous in Mysore and Bangalore. This dish was prepared at the Sports Club and was liked by the Raja, hence the name Raja Special. I found this information in here.

There are many versions of this dish. One using roasted peanuts, another using masala peanuts or congress kadalebeeja. My health conscious aunt-cousin duo have come up with this healthy version. Here s what they do…

Ingredients

1 cup groundnuts/peanuts

2 green chillies, finely chopped ( This is going to make it very spicy, if you want it less spicy use just one)

2 tbsp corriander leaves, finely chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

a pinch of hing

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp of oil

What to do with all this?!?

Soak the peanuts in water for 2-3 hours.
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Pressure cook the peanuts with little salt till they are soft. After it is cooked separate it from the excess water using a colander.
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In a small pan, heat oil and mustard seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add chopped green chillies. Fry it for a min and take it off heat.
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In a bowl, place the chopped onion and tomatoes.
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To this add the fried green chillies. Then, squeeze the lemon juice.
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Add the coriander leaves.
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Finally add the cooked peanuts and toss it well.
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Here is it, a tasty snack which can be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea!
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