Instant Pot Vegetable Sambar

This is a South Indian curry recipe with a great taste and lots of vegetables. It has a known combination with idli but can be served with plain rice!

Instant Pot Vegetable Sambar
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: toor dal, Vegetable Sambar, vegetables
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 8
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 cups split pigeon peaor toor dal washed
  • 4 tsp sambar powder
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 4 tomatoes chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 tsp salt
  • cilantro garnish
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2(1 inch) ginger finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 carrots cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups pumkin cut in medium sized pieces
  • 6 baby eggplant cut into 4 pieces each
  • Set the instant pot to “Sauté” mode and add oil and mustard seeds.
  • Sauté for about 1 minute and add chopped onions.
  • Sauté for about 3 minutes and add tomatoes, sambar powder and salt.
  • Sauté for about 2 minutes andadd all the vegetables, toor dal and water.
  • Cook under “Manual” and “Low Pressure” for about 8 minutes.
  • Select “Cancel” and release the pressure naturally.
  • Stir in the tamarind pasteand garnish with cilantro.
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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Vegetable Sambar

  1. This is a massive recipe. It definitely doesn’t fit in my instapot which I thought was large. lol. BUT it is delicious and I really enjoyed it. Some really picky people I served it to felt it was pappu not sambar because of the high lentil content. Just FYI depending on who you plan to serve it to.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for the tip on pappu vs. sambar, that’s good to know.

      This is a pretty large recipe, serving 8. It should work in a 6-quart or 8-quart model, but if you have a smaller size, I would recommend decreasing the amount of servings. If you lower the serving count to 4, the recipe will automatically calculate a half batch for you 🙂

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