The pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) is a perennial legume from the family Fabaceae .
Known in the name of toor dal in india and in the name of Adaseya or Lubiya in Sudan.
Pigeon pea is consumed on a large scale mainly in south Asia and is a major source of protein for the population of that subcontinent.




World production of pigeon peas is estimated at 4.98 million tons, About 77% of this is grown in India.
Africa produces about 21% of global production with 1.05 million tons.
In Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Sudan and Uganda are the major producers.

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Pigeon peas are both a food crop (dried peas, flour, or green vegetable peas) and a forage/cover crop.

Human food

In combination with cereals, pigeon peas make a well-balanced human food. The dried peas may be sprouted briefly, then cooked, for a flavor different from the green or dried peas. Sprouting also enhances the digestibility of dried pigeon peas via the reduction of indigestible sugars that would otherwise remain in the cooked dried peas.

Popular pulses

In India, split pigeon peas, called Togari bele in Kannada, Tuvara Paripp in Malayalam, toor dal in Urdu, Kandhi pappu in Telugu and Tuvaram paruppu in Tamil are one of the most popular pulses, being an important source of protein in a mostly vegetarian die

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