Petai or Pete is Broad Stinky Beans. Petai is long, flat edible beans with bright seeds, the size & the shape like a huge lima beans or plump almond.
The Beans are popular as culinary ingredient in Indonesia. In Indonesia sold in bunches and still in the pods or the seeds are sold in plastic bag.
They are exported in jars or cans, pickled in brine or frozen.
When young the pods are flat because the seeds have not yet developed. They hang a bunch & pale green.
In Sundanese Petai might be eaten raw with sambal as part of Lalap or grilled.
In Java/Sumatra it also might be added to Sambal Goreng Hati Petai or Sayur Lodeh. Also it can be added in other dish such as Nasi Goreng Petai.
Petai have a peculiar smell, characterized by some people as being similar to natural gas. That’s why it has a nickname as ” Stink Bean” because it has strong smell, contain amino acids that give a strong smell to one’s urine. An effect that can be noticed up to 2 days after consumption.