Easy South Indian Kerala style sambar (vegetable stew/soup like dish) is easy to make, delicious and perfect healthy vegetarian/vegan side dish with rice, dosa, idli etc.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
pressure build up and release time 25 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
You can also prepare sambar using just sambar powder if you do not have other spices. In that case, just follow the directions in the package of sambar powder to add enough sambar powder accordingly. If you prefer less gravy for sambar, once the sambar is prepared, you can press the saute function, adjust to normal or high and simmer for a couple more minutes until the desired thickness is reached. As I already mentioned, you may also prepare the seasoning separately in a different pan and add it to the prepared sambar instead of preparing it in the beginning. This is ideal if you wish to keep the red chilies crispy. You may also skip the seasoning altogether if you do not wish to add it. If you use more starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams etc or if you add more dal, you may need slightly more water as the starchy vegetables and dal will absorb more water. Veggies like cucumber, tomatoes, spinach etc has a lot of water content in them, so you will probably need less water compared to starchy vegetables. You can always add your favorite veggies and make the sambar by adusting the ingredients and water content accordingly.