Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Green pigeon peas korma/Togarikalu kurma/Tuvar lilva korma

green pigeon peas kurma

Green pigeon peas is the fresh form of Toor dal (pigeon peas). The other names of this Green pigeon peas are Tuvar lilva and Togari kalu. 

This fresh form of toor dal also called as Togari kalu is famous in Karnataka, like Avarekalu. I have used this protein rich Green pigeon peas to prepare kurma/Korma. This kurma came out so well and tasted like green peas kurma. 

Other yummy recipes with Togari Kalu's are 
North Indian style Togarikalu Masala

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Green pigeon peas 

Here is the picture of this fresh Green pigeon peas.

green pigeon peas
green pigeon peas

  • 1 cup Green pigeon peas/tuvar lilva/togari kalu
  • 1 Onion (chopped finely)
  • 1 Tomato (chopped finely)
  • 3 Garlic pods (chopped finely)
  • 1/2 inch lenght ginger (skin peeled and chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped finely)
  • As per taste Salt

For Seasoning:

  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 Bay leaf
  • 2 Cardamoms
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1 Black cardamom
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp Oil

To grind:
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut (I have added as coconut pieces, around 8-10)
  • 4-5 cashews
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds


1) Pressure cook Green pigeon peas with enough water for 2 whistles and keep aside.

2) Heat oil in a kadai and add ingredients given in "For seasoning"and fry till nice aroma arises.

3) Add Onion, ginger and garlic and try till onion turns light brown.

4) Add tomatoes and fry till it gets cooked.

5) Grind the ingredients given in "To grind" to smooth paste.

green pigeon peas kurma
6) Add cooked pigeon peas with water and coconut paste. Let this pegion peas cooked in this masala for 10 minutes in medium flame.

7) Add garam masala and salt, mix them well.

8) Finally garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

Tasty Green pigeon peas korma is ready

green pigeon peas


  1. wow this was healthy and easy to prepare. Thanx for sharing!

    1. Hi Shilpi, Thanks for visiting my food blog. Yes, it is a healthy and tasty dish. Give it a try, I am sure you will love it.

  2. woww...looks yummy and easy too..

  3. Hi...harini.....the recipie is vry giod and healthy.....I tried...thanks for sharing... :)

  4. Sounds lovely. Am planning to try it. One query - the togari kalu I have are not bright green in colour, and they have brown spots. Are they spoilt? Can I still use them? Do I have to soak and peel them?

    1. All togarikaalu are not in same colour and some might come with brown spots. They are not spoiled and you can use it. You don't need to peel the skin abd can use it as such.

  5. Very tasty, thanks for sharing this recipe..

  6. Tried this and turned out very well. I also added one potato. Thanks for the recipe Harini :)