Congress Kadlekai Masala


This dish gets its name from the historic split in the Congress Party in 1969 at Lalbagh, Bangalore, which inspired a local condiment shop to name this peanut snack ‘Congress kadlekai’.


This recipe is from The 1Shanthiroad Cookbook, edited by artist Suresh Jayaram and published by Reliable Copy. #1Shantiroad Studio/ Gallery is Bangalore’s oldest running non-profit residency and arts space. The recipes included in the book have come from 77 contributors, from across four continents—all having been involved in the art space at some point, including artists-in-residence.

Coriander 1 handfull
Onion 2, large
Lime 2
Split, roasted, and salted peanuts from the local bakery 200 grams
Red chill powder 1 teaspoon

Finely chop coriander leaves and onions.


Mix them in a bowl with peanuts.


Add chilli powder and squeeze in the juice of 2 limes.


Mix all the ingredients.


Serve as a snack.

Suresh Jayaram is an artist, art historian, arts administrator, and curator whose practice involves urban mapping, and arts education. He is the founder of 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, a non-profit organisation based in Bangalore.

This is an excerpt from The 1Shantiroad Cookbook published in 2020 (Reliable Copy).

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