Groundnut farmer festival

Kadalekai Parishe in Bangalore. Held every year in winter

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Held on the last Monday of Karthik Masam

 

Kadalekai Parishe or the Annual Groundnut Farmer Festival is held in winter every year in Basavangudi, Bangalore. The official dates for the festival are the last Monday and Tuesday of the Karthik Masam (month), but the festival starts two-three days in advance and that’s probably a better time to go, if you want to avoid the crowds

Legend has it that some farmers were troubled by someone destroying their Groundnut fields, but couldn’t find out who was doing this. After many days of searching, they finally found on one Amavasya night, that it was a bull or some bulls with a big love for groundnuts who were behind the mischief. Normal methods of prevention weren’t helping curb the menance. Hence divine intervention was sought and the farmers started offering a batch of their first crop to Basava (Nandi) at the Bull Temple. Along with the legend, over time, the farmers started selling groundnuts in and around the Bull Temple in Basavangudi. This has now become a big mela and a celebration of the Groundnut farmers’ hard work and need for divine protection

Groundnut Farmer Festival

The area in and around the Bull Temple in Basavangudi is where this festival is held

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Farmers from around Karnataka and some from Andhra participate in this Peanut festival

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Most of them showcase two varieties of groundnuts – Natti or local and Hybrid

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Aslam Gafoor enquiring about the Groundnuts

 

Farmers from all over Karnataka and even some parts of Andhra come here to pray to Basava and sell their groundnuts. I went here along with Aslam Gafoor, a well-travelled, local Bangalore foodie, who was also intrigued as he’d never heard about the concept before. We found that the farmers were mostly selling two kinds of groundnuts – Natti or Desi (local) and a Hybrid version. The Natti was slightly smaller in size and both varieties were available as roasted and raw

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Groundnuts are both raw and roasted

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Found this being sold as thin slices. The vendor called in Ramphal. Said it was from Orissa

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Steamed Tapioca being sold at the Kadalekai Parishe

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Fried peanuts

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

A robot that predicts your future

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Found Magali Beru, a root used to make syrup and pickle. Known as Nannari in Tamil and Swallowroot in English

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Capsicum Bhajji at Kadalekai Parishe

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

Other snacks at the Kadalekai Parishe

 

Groundnut Farmer Festival

What’s a Bangalore Festival without Mysore Pak

 

The Groundnut Farmer Festival is more a Farmers’s market and local mela than a food festival. The offerings here are a bit limited but great to experience this atleast once

 

Happy hunting and Chowder-on!!