Pigeon Peas Sidedish (Tuvar Lilva Bhaji)

Tuvar Lilva Bhaji
Tuvar Lilva Bhaji

I was introduced to frozen tuvar lilva (pigeon peas) by my friend P. She makes a delicious bhaji with these and sweet potatoes.  This tuvar lilva bhaji must be one of my favorite dishes cooked by her. I have tried to pair this with sweet potatoes, normal potatoes and even paneer. It makes for a healthy and tasty side dish to go with chapatis/rotis. Last time I added some spinach to it and it was delicious. I normally make this directly in pressure cooker to save time.

Also check tuvar lilva in coriander masala recipe.

Fry onions and ginger-garlic paste.

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Add all masalas followed by tomatoes.
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Add spinach, tuvar lilva, potatoes and cook till done.
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Pigeon Peas Sidedish (Tuvar Lilva Bhaji)

A healthy and delicious sidedish with fresh pigeon peas and potatoes(or paneer)
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 -5


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen tuvar lilva pigeon peas
  • 2 cups potatoes or sweet potatoes or paneer cut into cubes
  • 1 cup choppes spinach optional
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1 tea spn ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tea spn garam masala or goda masala
  • 1/2 tea spn coriander powder
  • 1/2 tea spn cumin powder
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1 tbl spn dessicated coconut
  • A pinch turmeric
  • 1 tea spn chilli powder
  • Oil
  • Salt


  • Heat oil and fry onions, ginger-garlic paste.
  • When they turn translucent, add garam masala (or goda masala), coriander-cumin powder, coconut, turmeric, chilli powder, salt. Fry for few minutes.
  • Then add tomatoes and cook till they are mushy.
  • Add spinach, potatoes (or sweet potatoes or paneer), tuvar lilva, half cup water.
  • Cook till potatoes and peas are cooked.
  • Serve hot with chapatis/roti.


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