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!


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.

In a bowl, add rice flour, besan, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, crushed jeera, hing and salt. Mix all these dry ingredients well.

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.

Heat oil. Deep fry the peanuts in batches.

Enjoy your khara kadalebeeja with a hot cup of tea while it rains outside!


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…


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.

Pressure cook the peanuts with little salt till they are soft. After it is cooked separate it from the excess water using a colander.

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.

In a bowl, place the chopped onion and tomatoes.

To this add the fried green chillies. Then, squeeze the lemon juice.

Add the coriander leaves.

Finally add the cooked peanuts and toss it well.

Here is it, a tasty snack which can be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea!