Sambar (Instant Pot Recipe)

Sambar (Instant pot recipe)

Serves: 4 persons


  • 1 cup toor daal
  • 1½ cup cut vegetables of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon sambar masala
  • 2½ tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida
  • 7-8 curry leaves
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon tamarind paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 4½ cups of water
  • Handful of chopped cilatro


  1. Wash and rinse toor daal couple of times. Keep rinsed daal aside. Cut vegetables of your choice.
  2. Turn on the saute mode on instant pot. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add vegetables. Saute for ½ minute and add rinsed toor daal. Mix everything and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add water, salt, sambar masala, and tamarind paste. Give a quick stir. Cancel the saute mode.
  4. Put the lid on into sealing position. Press manual for 15 minutes on high setting.
  5. After 15 minutes, let the pressure realese naturally. As the pin drops, open the lid. Mix everything with the spatula. Cancel the manual mode and turn on the saute mode.
  6. Seasoning Preparation: Heat a small pan on medium-high flame and add remaining oil. Add mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds. Let the mustard seeds crackle. Add asafoetida, curry leaves, dry red chillies, turmeric powder, and red chilli powder. Pour this seasoning over the ready sambar in instant pot. Add chopped cilantro and mix well.
  7. Let it boil for a minute and then cancel the saute mode.
  8. Serve hot with Idli or Dosa.