Instant Pot Sambar




Half cup of toor dal and half cup of Masoor dal soaked in water for 30 mins

3 tbsp of oil

Half an onion, sliced

One medium tomato, diced

Tamarind juice, 3 cups. (You can either use 3 tbsp of tamarind paste and dilute with water or soak a ball of raw tamarind in water and extract tamarind juice out of it)

Bottle gourd ,(around 2 cups). (Substitute with veggies of your choice)

Ginger garlic paste, 1 tablespoon

4 green chillies, slit. (Skip this if you dont want your sambhar to be spicy)

One bunch of coriander leaves, chopped (for garnishing)

Spices :

1 teaspoon each:

Mustard Seeds

Cumin Seeds

Moong daal

Chana Dal

Fenugreek seeds

Curry leaves


Red chilli powder, 2 tbsp

Salt, as per taste

Sambhar powder, 2 tbsp

Coriander powder, 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon




Step 1 : Saute the onion base. Turn on Saute mode and add oil. Once the oil is hot go ahead and add the following one after the other: Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, moong daal, chana daal and fenugreek seeds. Give it a stir. Next add onions, ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, curry leaves and Green chilies. Give it a stir and wait for the onions to turn a little transparent.

Step 2 : Add the vegetables Throw in tomatoes and the bottle gourd. To that add red chili powder and salt. Mix them well. Cook it for a few minutes so that the onions and masalas and tomatoes are all well mixed and a little mushy.

Step3 : Add the tamarind water and the daals. Next Tamarind water and wait for it come to a boil. Next add Coriander powder and then add soaked toor daal and masoor daal. For one cup of daal, add three cups of water.

Step 4 : Pressure cook for 8 minutes. Close the lid, turn off Saute mode, turn on Manual and set the timer to 8 minutes. Make sure the whistle is in sealing mode.

Step 5: Saute some more. Do a Quick Release, make sure the safety valve has dropped and open the lid carefully. Check if the daal is fully cooked. It should be soft and mushy. Add the sambar powder. Turn on saute mode, and let it saute for a few minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and then turn off IP.

Serve hot! Serves 4 adults.

Goes well with rice, idlis, chapatis ,etc.

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