Pigeon Peas/ Gunga, gungo Peas – Lilva Tuver Curry

Pigeon Peas are also called Gunga peas or Lilva tuver gungo and come in various forms. When they are fresh and green, they can be peeled like fresh peas. You can get fresh, frozen or tinned varieties of pigeon peas in most Asian supermarkets.

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 cups of boiled pigeon peas
  • ½ a can of crushed tomatoes ( you can used fresh tomatoes or passata too)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 1 teaspoon dry cumin seeds,
  • 2 small pieces of cinnamon,
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons jaggery or brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 small bunch of coriander and some curry leaves.
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
  • 2 fresh green chilies


1 Heat the 2 tablespoons cooking oil and add the cumin seeds, cloves and cinnamon. The cloves will pop and the cumin needs to cook until it goes dark.

2. Add the garlic, curry leaves and tomatoes to the mixture and stir.

3. Add all the spices, lemon and jaggery to the tomato mixture.

4. Cook all the ingredients until the tomatoes go soft and homogenous.

5. Add the boiled pigeon peas to the mixture and cook for a further 10 minutes on a medium heat.

6. Add the garam masala and remove the pigeon peas curry to a serving dish and sprinkle it with some chopped green chilies, desiccated coconut and coriander.

7. Pigeon Peas/ Gunga, gungo Peas – Lilva Tuver Curry should be served hot with rice or any of the Indian breads.

I served Pigeon Peas/ Gunga, gungo Peas – Lilva Tuver Curry  with coriander and green chilly flavoured parathas (recipe to follow)..

  • Looks so fabulous!!! This is new to me and I want to try it. Great pictures! Thank you for this dish, book marked!

  • I have seen this beans in the blog world, new for me, need to hunt for it 🙂

  • Yummy pigeon peas curry.

  • Superb!! I smell authentic already.. please send a dish here.

  • delicious healthy combination looks wonderful

  • Looks delicious. Bread also is yummy.

  • that paratha looks to die for..crispy n flaky…lovely curry..:)

  • looks delicious dear…
    looks perfect with paratha’s 🙂

  • The bowl looks delicious with those parathas.

  • Dear Mina
    How are you?
    These days I am cooking but not posting. Very nice recipe and will try soon. I like the spicing . I take note that you haven’t used onion. That one spoon of Garlic I really like and can feel aroma.
    Have a nice day

  • The gravy looks fab & mouth watering!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  • That looks soo yumm..lovely combo:-)

  • perfect with rotis !! looks so delicious !!

  • Looks so yummy ! I must try without onions

  • Looks so fab ..we got the peas paratha little different way …

  • very delicious curry, great recipe..do visit my space as time permits..following u

  • SImply inviting, curry looks super delicious..

  • @Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal

    Thanks Priya. You may be able to get some tinned version in the Asian grocery shops.

  • @Ushnish Ghosh

    Thank you Ushnishji. You can add onions if you like. I prefer to eat most of my food with a onion and tomato salad rather than cook with onions.

  • @Padhu

    Thanks Padhuji. You can use onions if you like. I tend not to use them as my son isn’t too keen on onions.

  • Delicious pigeon peas curry..looks yum yum..

  • Jay

    sounds hot n spicy…yummy recipe..loved d excellent clicks..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  • Thanks for sharing this recipe. I had never heard of pigeon peas before and look forward to trying them. I’m a big Indian food eater, but new to cooking it…so I’m glad to have a knowledgeable source. Found you on the LinkedIn bloggers forum. 😉

  • this is a great site – some really simple recipes but full of the taste of real india. i look forward to trying many of these recipes

  • Loved the paratha and the curry..Yummy!!

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