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instant pot sambar

instant pot sambar

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy sambar, hotel sambar, instant pot sambar, instant sambar powder, one pot sambar, sambar instant pot
Servings 4
Author Nithya


  • 3 tsp sesame oil/Ghee-
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 5 nos red chilies
  • 1 no onion
  • 15 numbers shallots
  • curry leaves optional
  • 2 numbers tomatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2.5 tsp corainder powder
  • 1.5 tsp red chilli powder
  • cilatro few strings
  • 1/2 cup tamarind water
  • 1 cup toor dal
  • 2-3 cups water

Sambar powder recipe

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp corainder seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp cumind seeds
  • 5 numbers dried red chilies
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 2 tbsp coconut grated


Instant pot sambar powder

  1. Turn on the instant pot to saute mode .Once it displays ‘HOT’ add the sesame oil .

  2. Add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dried red chilies, fenugreek seeds and chana dal. Once the lentils turn golden brown turn off the stove or instant pot and add the 2 tbsp grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut and transfer it to another bowl. Let the mix cool down completely.Grind it into a coarse powder and keep it aside.

Instant pot sambar

  1. Turn on the instant pot, saute mode once it displays ‘hot’ add the sesame oil or ghee, add mustard seeds, 1 broken red chili, onion, shallots, tomato, spice powder, salt, water, tamarind water or tamarind paste 2 tbsp, soaked lentil, cilantro leaves and turn on the instant pot to pressure cook mode – high pressure 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

  2. Turn on instant pot to saute mode and add 2 tbsp of sambar powder we made and mix it well.Let it come to a rolling boil.Turn off the instant pot check for the taste and finally add chopped coriander leaves.

  3. You can have this sambar with idli , dosa, adai or any savory crepes or just with plain rice or can have this as a lentil soup.It will taste delicious.

Recipe Notes

I washed and soaked lentil for 15 minutes.Its totally optional.

If you dont have raw tamarind use 2 tbsp of tamarind paste for this recipe.

You can increase or decrease thr spice level according to your taste.