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The seed coat of pigeonpea/red gram (tur/arhar) is rich in calcium and is a potential valuable input for baby food and mineral supplements.• Calcium is crucial for bone formation. Any imbalance leads to rickets in infants and children, osteomalacia in adults, and osteoporosis with ageing.• Reports indicate a drastic decline of calcium in Indian diets and emphasize supplementation through dietary or elementary sources.