Instant pot sambar (kerala style sambar) is easy to prepare, healthy and too delicious which you can enjoy with a bowl of rice or as a side dish or dip with Indian dishes like dosa, idli etc.
You can make this delicious South Indian Kerala style sambar using mixed veggies, yellow split pigeon peas (toor dal) and sambar masala or spices along with a simple seasoning which is optional.
This combination of dal and vegetables with spices is kind of soup or stew but in South India we enjoy this as a curry or side dish along with South Indian breakfast items like dosa, idli etc or it is also served with rice for lunch or dinner.
I have many sambar recipes in this blog, which are all made in regular pressure cooker.
This sambar made in instant pot is even more easy to prepare and it is delicious too! You can actually choose the vegetables that you like, though there are some popular veggies that are used for making sambar, like drumsticks, tomatoes, ladyfinger (okra), yams etc.
Today all kind of vegetables like tomatoes, drumsticks, eggplants, pumpkins, spinach leaves, potatoes, carrots etc are all used for making sambar and I have the following sambar recipes in my blog using different veggies and different ingredients or methods:
- easy mixed vegetable sambar
- authentic sambar recipe
- potato sambar recipe
- cucumber sambar recipe
- tomato sambar recipe
- spinach sambar recipe
- how to make sambar powder at home
- simple sambar recipe without vegetables
Preparing seasoning for the sambar is optional, but I totally recommend adding the seasoning as it makes the sambar more delicious. If you do not want to make the sambar spicy, you may avoid adding the chilies.
When you make instant pot sambar, you can make the seasoning in the instant pot itself by preparing the seasoning in the beginning of the sambar preparation.
Or once the sambar is prepared, you can make the seasoning in a different pan and add the seasoning to the prepared sambar.
To keep this instant pot sambar recipe a one pot dish, I will explain how to make the seasoning for the sambar in instant pot itself which will help you to prepare the sambar more easily and quickly.
How to make mixed vegetable Kerala sambar in instant pot
Here I have used vegetables like carrots, eggplants and tomatoes along with fresh coriander leaves, toor dal and spices to make the sambar. I used a medium sized eggplant which gave about 2 cups of chopped eggplants.
If you have small sized eggplants, you can use about 2 to 3 eggplants instead of one. I also used fresh coriander leaves along with the veggies and also some extra coriander leaves for garnishing, as the fresh coriander leaves make sambar more flavorful, delicious and healthy.
Tamarind is an important ingredient in making sambar, however since we are using tomatoes which adds enough sourness to the sambar, you may even skip the tamarind if you do not want to add it.
More instant pot curry recipes in this blog:
- instant pot tomato curry
- instant pot palak paneer
- instant pot green mung bean curry
- instant pot moong dal fry
- instant pot eggplant curry
- instant pot potato curry
- instant pot vegetable curry
- instant pot chana masala
- easy instant pot chickpea curry
So here is how you can make this easy and delicious sambar following this instant pot sambar recipe.
Instant Pot Sambar Recipe, South Indian Kerala Style Mixed Vegetable Sambar In Instant Pot For Dosa, Idli & Rice
- 1 cup toor dal (yellow split pigeon peas)
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 carrot
- 1 medium or large eggplant gives about 2 cups chopped, I used the seedless variety which looks long
- 1 bunch fresh coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
- 1 teaspoon tamarind extract optional
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 3 tablespoons coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon sambar powder optional
- 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek powder
- asafoetida a pinch, optional
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 string curry leaves
- 5 dry red chilies
- 3 shallots or small onions peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves chopped
- Wash the veggies, chop in small to medium sized pieces and keep aside.
- Also wash and chop the coriander leaves, keep aside with the veggies.
To prepare the seasoning
- Add the oil to the inner pot, press the saute mode, adjust to low.
- As the oil gets hot, add the mustard seeds and splutter the seeds.
- Once the mustard seeds are spluttered, add the chopped shallots and lightly fry.
- Add the dry red chilies and curry leaves, fry for a few seconds. Now the seasoning is ready, to avoid it getting burnt, press the 'keep warm/cancel' button and immediately proceed with the following instructions.
To prepare the sambar
- Add the chopped veggies and coriander leaves to the pot.
- Also wash the dal (yellow split pigeon peas) and add it to the pot.
- Add the salt and all spices to the pot, mix well.
- Add the water and tamarind (if using the tamarind) to the pot, mix everything well.
- Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position and press manual, cook in high pressure for 7 minutes. The pot will take a few minutes until it starts cooking, and you will have to just wait until the cooking is all done.
- Once the cooking is done the pot will beep, now you need to press the 'keep warm/cancel' button. Wait for the pot to naturally release all pressure or do a careful manual release after 15 minutes of natural pressure release.
- Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid by turning the lid to venting position.
- Gently mix the contents and you may gently mash the contents if you wish.
- Add the coriander leaves for garnishing, serve the delicious sambar hot with rice, dosa or idli!
Hope you found this post on instant pot sambar recipe helpful in making easy and delicious sambar in instant pot.
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