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A few months ago we were very busy getting ready to move. Sorting through things took most of my time and when it was time to put food on ...

Pressure Cooker Sambar

A few months ago we were very busy getting ready to move. Sorting through things took most of my time and when it was time to put food on the table, I had no zest to prepare anything elaborate. I made this pressure cooker sambar to go with idli/ dosai/ rice or quinoa often. It was a breeze and I have been making this sambar since. Gone are the days when I made dhal separate and then added it to the veggie mix. This sambar works well with the following veggies: Onions, Bell Pepper, Drum Stick, Carrot, Potato, Egg Plant (these are the veggies that I have used in groups or individually). For those of you who have  new born babies, work or otherwise generally not in the mood to cook, this one might be a saver. It is super easy and produces very delicious sambar every single time. This is what I made for breakfast this morning and served with steaming idli's.


Pressure Cooker
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Cutting Board


Onion - 1 medium size
Tomato - 1 wine ripe ( can use any kind)
Red Bell Pepper - 1
Curry Leaves -  a few
Cilantro - 2 tbsp choped
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
Methi Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Sambar Powder - 1 1/2 tsp ( add as per your taste)
Red Chillies - 1
Toor Dhal - 3/4 cup ( Tastes good with Moong Dhal too)
Water - 3 cups ( makes a thicker sambar)
Jaggery - a small bit


1. Heat your pressure cooker/ pan on medium high.

2. Prepare the veggies by cutting them into bigger chunks.

3. Add oil, asafoetida, mustard seeds, red chilies, methi seeds and when the mustard starts to pop add all the veggies and the curry leaves and give it a toss. Allow it to all cook for 2 minutes.

4. Add salt, turmeric powder, sambar powder and mix well. Allow it to blend well for 1 minute.

5. Add Toor dhal and mix it with the veggies and then add water. Cover and pressure cook on medium high for one whistle and then lower the heat to low and allow it to cook for 2 more whistles.Turn off the stove and remove the pressure pan from the stove.

6. Wait for the pressure to release. Open and mix gently the dhal and veggies ones.Add jaggery and mix. If you think it is thicker than you would like add 1/2 cup of water and mix well.

7. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with idli, dosai, rice or quinoa.


  1. Love this quick and easy recipe.

  2. Very nice. easy to prepare for BF..Will try for sure :)

  3. easy method n delicious curry never add methi seed in sambar i hope it will be very nice taste

  4. Simple and easy recipe !!

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  5. Tried this recipe. Came out super. Goes well with rice and idli/dosa.. thanks for this quick and easy recipe

  6. Perfect side dish with idli and dosa...Yummy yummy sambar...

  7. I do this way sometimes when crushed for time

  8. lovely idea of pressure cooker sambar and thanks for sharing.
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  9. Pressure cook method is always welcome ...looks yum with those idli

  10. Flavourful and yummy sambar..looks tempting

  11. Super inviting sambar, can have it with a bowl of rice immediately.

  12. looks yum

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  13. I too make pressure cooker sambar,but this one sounds very eay and wonderful recipe too!

  14. A quick version is always welcome, love that platter!

  15. I am not sure whether I have visited your space before but I should admit you have the right practical place with all the recipes put together that demands lesser time. Who wants to go for elaborate recipes these days.
    Will certainly try this one cooker easy to make sambhar soon!

  16. Tried this sambar.. it came out really well.Simple and delicious!!

  17. I will try this today. Just wondering what happened to 'Tamarind'-main ingredient for sambhar

  18. Hi Anonymous, we do not need the ramarind in the sambar, tomato replaces it. Please do try it and let me know how you liked it.

  19. i tried it without tamarind. awesome sambhar! great tasting! thank you so much

  20. Thank you...worked like a charm...