Feel the crunchiness of delicious peanuts in your mouth complimented by the taste of jaggery with every bite of kovilpatti peanut candy. A healthy and delicious snack for both kids and adults alike, this is not to be missed. Peanut is a perfect source of protein. The Kovilpatti Kadalai Mittai is much more special because of the addition of Cardamom thus making it easier for digestion.
It is mass-produced in Kovilpatti and nearby villages in the Thoothukudi district. Many small players in Kovilpatti make this candy in a form of cottage industry. Counting number of companies making at large scale with machinery. After getting Geographical Indications (GI), for the Kovilpatti kadalai mittai, the potential to export is enabled. Also, it has naturally had long shelf life without any special type of packaging. It is a made of peanuts held together with Jaggery syrup, and a pinch of salt, and dry ginger. Some using liquid glucose to get a glittery appearance. It is packed as single small rectangular blocks, or rather cubes or bigger blocks.
Secret Behind Taste
The unique quality and taste secret behind this candy is small size peanut cultivated in and around Kovilpatti. The kadalai (Peanuts) is grown in the Karisal Mann (black soil) is giving enhancement of taste to this candy. After getting it, the peanuts were shelled and roasted. This is how this Kovilpatti kadalai mittai has a uniquely traditional flavor. The next main ingredient for this candy is Jaggery. Even though across India, the jaggery is mass-produced, the uniqueness is in Manda Vellam (Round Jaggery) manufactured in Srivilliputhur.
Srivilliputhur is a small town in Virudhunagar district, which is 60 Km away from Kovilpatti. Around Srivilliputhur, many farmers cultivated traditional black sugar cane. It is mainly used to extract Sugar cane juice and sell it as fresh locally. But most of this black sugar cane juice is used to make Round Jaggery and sell across India. Naturally, this Jaggery has a dark yellow color. This yellow round jaggery is manufactured in Srivilliputhur. All Kovilpatti base kadalai mittai manufacturers procuring jaggery from Srivilliputhur.
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Ingredients: Peanut, Jaggery, Cardamom, Dried ginger
Allergy Warning: Peanut