Instant Pot Sambar
Sambar is a popular and authentic dish from South India. Sambar is prepared with one or two vegetables and onion as an add-on. I am sharing the recipe for Sambar with potatoes and onions.
Servings: 5 people
- 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
- ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds
- 1 red chili
- ½ teaspoon urad dal
- 2 green chilies
- 7 curry leaves
- 1 red or white onions
- 2 Tomatoes
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoon sambar Powder
- 2 red potatoes
- 1 Carrot chopped
- ¾ cup pigeon pea/toor dal
- 2 ½ cup water
- Salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon tamarind concentrates or 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon jaggery or brown sugar
Add oil to the inner pot in your Instant Pot and press the saute option. When the oil is hot add mustard seeds and urad dal.
As the mustard seeds start to sputter, add curry leaves and green chilies and stir well for a minute. Add onions and continue to saute for at least a minute.
Now add tomatoes and let them soften up and then add potatoes. In about a minute, add turmeric and sambar powder and stir well for an even mixture.
Add toor dal, tamarind or lemon juice, jaggery, 2 ½ cup water, and salt.
Close the lid of the instant pot. Turn the steam release handle to sealing position. Press on Pressure cooking( high pressure) setting and set the timer for 6 minutes.
When time is up open the lid using the quick release option or you could also let it cool down naturally.
Garnish with cilantro and Sambar is ready!
Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are reliant on accurate calculations in your diet.
- Soak the toor dal for 30 minutes before using it in the recipe. This helps in getting the right texture for sambar.
- Try this recipe with red onions. White or the yellow kind is milder compared to the red version and hence will need more spices to support it.
- Add your choice of vegetables to the sambar recipe.
- The addition of jaggery and tamarind pulp water is optional. But that’s what gives the authentic Udupi style taste.
- Use any type or brand of sambar powder.
- If you feel your sambar is light in color add Kashmiri red chili powder along with sambar powder.
- You could use split red lentils instead of split pigeon peas.
Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg