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Quick & Easy South Indian Sambar Recipe in Pressure Cooker

South Indian Sambar Recipe

South Indian Sambar Recipe: Sambar is a key dish in the traditional Tamil cuisine. The smell of roasted spices coming out from hot Sambar will take you away.

Whether it is rice, vada, dosa, idli or Rava idli, sambar is eaten with everyone. It is made in many ways. In this special vegetables can add jackfruit or drumstick and give it a different taste. To make it, tur dal and vegetables are used. It is delicious and nutritious as well. So let’s make sambar today.

Servings: 4


Note: 1 Cup = 250 ml

For South Indian Sambar Recipe:

  • ½ cup arhar dal (pigeon pea lentils)
  • ¼ cup chopped pumpkin
  • ¼ cup brinjal, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup bottle gourd and ridged gourd, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup beans and carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (ready made available in market of mothers and homemade brands)
  • 5 tablespoon sambar powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (optional)
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 4 cups of water
  • Plain salt as required
  • ¼ teaspoon black salt

For Tadka of South Indian Sambar Recipe: 

  • 2 tablespoon oil (mustard, refined, olive oil, or any of your choice)
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida

Sambar Preparation: How to make South Indian Sambar Recipe

  1. Rinse the arhar dal with enough water thoroughly.
  2. Take a pressure cooker; add dal, 4 cups of water, all chopped vegetables, salt, turmeric powder, and a pinch of asafoetida. And cook up to 5-6 whistles on medium to high flame.
  3. Switch off the gas and let the cooker cool down on its own.
  4. Open the lid of the cooker; Mix and mash the cooked dal with a spatula. Add tamarind paste, sambar masala, and black salt. Mix well and switch on the gas and cook the sambar for 12-15 minutes on low flame. Stir in the small intervals so that the sambar doesn’t stick to the bottom of the cooker.
  5. Till the sambar is cooking, in the mean while making a tadka for sambar. Take a small pan and heat oil.
  6. When the oil is heated, add mustard seeds and let it crackle. Then add asafetida, dry red chilies, and fresh curry leaves. Fry for few seconds then pours this tempering tadka in cooked sambar.
  7. Check if the consistency of the sambar is too thick, and then add some more water to make the desired consistency. And cook for some more minutes.
  8. South Indian Sambar Recipe is ready. Serve the sambar with idli, dosa, steamed rice or urad dal vada.
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