Pressure Cooker Sambar using Masoor dal

It is a super simple sambar loaded with veggies and of course with the goodness of masoor dal. This is one of the easiest kuzhambu/sambhar which can be prepared during busy mornings or week days.  As masoor dal gets cooked very fast, we can prepare this easily in the pressure cooker. It tastes exactly like toor dhal sambhar. Loaded with veggies, its a very healthy and light sambar. You can vary the veggies according to your taste. We all love this sambhar and it goes very well with rice, idli and dosa too.

Masoor dal is the red split peas. But when cooked it turns yellow. As dal is our major protein source, I am using 1 cup for this sambar. Please adjust according to your taste preference.  Here is a simple “One Pot – One Shot errrrrr multiple” (OPMS) pressure cooker sambar prepared with masoor dal.       

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Ingredients:

  • Masoor dal – 1 cup
  • Tomatoes (chopped) – 1
  • Half of medium onion chopped
  • Carrot chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Zucchini chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Drum stick – 5-6 pieces
  • Sweet Potato – 1 
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tsp or 1 cup of juice extracted from small gooseberry sized tamarind
  • Cilantro chopped – 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves – 1 strand
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp
  • Sambhar powder – 1 tbsp (heaped)
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – 1.5 tsp (as per taste)
  • Water – 2 cups

For tempering,

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Hing – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 2 tsps

Steps:

  • Wash the masoor dal and soak it in water till you chop the veggie. (about 10 to 15 mts)
  • Heat the pressure cooker or pressure pan and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, hing and methi seeds.
  • As they start to splutter add onions.
  • Saute till there are translucent and now add all the veggies including tomatoes.

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  • Add salt, turmeric powder, jaggery and the tamarind juice.
  • Mix the sambhar powder in the 1/2 cup of water (so as to avoid lumps) and add it.

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  • Add remaining water and masoor dhal.

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  • Pressure cook it for up to 4 whistles.

Let’s the pressure wean away and that’s it yummy sambar is ready.

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Note:

  • If you feel its too thick, add water to required consistency and let it boil for a 5 minutes. If its too water, add 2 tsps of rice flour in 1/2 cup of water and add it and let it boil so that sambhar becomes thick.
  • Adjust salt, sambar powder and veggies according to your taste.

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Pressure Cooker Sambar using Masoor dal
Authentic sambar in one pot one shot. this pressure cooker sambar prepared with veggies & with the twist of masoor dal instead of toor dal.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Masoor dal - 1 cup
  2. Tomatoes (chopped) - 1
  3. Half of medium onion chopped
  4. Carrot chopped - 1/2 cup
  5. Zucchini chopped - 1/2 cup
  6. Drum stick - 5-6 pieces
  7. Sweet Potato - 1
  8. Tamarind paste - 1 tsp or 1 cup of juice extracted from small gooseberry sized tamarind
  9. Cilantro chopped - 1 tbsp
  10. Curry leaves - 1 strand
  11. Jaggery - 1 tsp
  12. Sambhar powder - 1 tbsp (heaped)
  13. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  14. Salt - 1.5 tsp (as per taste)
  15. Water - 2 cups
  16. For tempering,
  17. Oil - 1 tbsp
  18. Hing - 1 tsp
  19. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  20. Methi seeds - 2 tsps
Instructions
  1. Wash the masoor dal and soak it in water till you chop the veggie. (about 10 to 15 mts)
  2. Heat the pressure cooker or pressure pan and add oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, heeng and methi seeds.
  4. As they start to splutter add onions.
  5. Saute till there are translucent and now add all the veggies including tomatoes.
  6. Add salt, turmeric powder, jaggery and the tamarind juice.
  7. Mix the sambhar powder in the 1/2 cup of water (so as to avoid lumps) and add it.
  8. Add remaining water and masoor dhal.
  9. Pressure cook it for up to 4 whistles.
  10. Let the pressure wean away and that’s it yummy sambar is ready.
Notes
  1. If you feel its too thick, add water to required consistency and let it boil for a 5 minutes. If its too water, add 2 tsps of rice flour in 1/2 cup of water and add it and let it boil so that sambhar becomes thick.
  2. Adjust the spices, salt and veggies according to your taste.
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6 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Sambar using Masoor dal

  1. I usually dislike any kind of sweetness in sambhar so have never experimenting with adding jaggery.. i am curious though.. maybe will try it sometime to overcome my own bias :)

    • 1-2 tsp of jaggery doesn’t add too much of sweetness. Its just to balance the sourness and the spice. But I agree some people doesn’t like adding it. But give it a shot and let me know :-) :-)

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