Black Pigeon Peas Bendhi Recipe

India is home to a variety of lentils. Black Pigeon peas are used widely in Karnataka, are also known as Kali tori or Kala tuver. Jackfruit seeds or chunks of tender jackfruit are added to the preparation. Here is a Mangalorean delicacy Kali tori bendhi which is usually eaten with rice.


  • 125 gms black pigeon peas or black whole tuver.
  • A handful of Jack fruit seeds or bikkand
  • Half of a small coconut grated
  • 12 roasted dry red chillies
  • 1tsp tamarind paste
  • Salt
  • 15 garlic cloves crushed
  • Coconut oil for seasoning.

Method :
Wash and soak the pigeon peas overnight. Pressure cook and keep aside. Similarly cook the jack fruit seeds too. Grind the coconut, roasted red chillies and tamarind to a smooth paste. Pour into the cooked pigeon peas and jackfruit seed mixture. Add salt and boil well. Heat coconut oil. Add the garlic and roast it till it is rich brown. Season the bendhi with it and boil for a couple of mnts. Allow the flavours to infuse for half an hour before serving.

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