Pressure Cooker Sambar with Masoor Dal

"Quick and easy one-pot pressure cooker sambar recipe with mixed vegetables and masoor dal! Learn how to prepare this sambar and freeze the same. Yes, it’s a freezer-friendly sambar recipe."


Pressure Cooker Sambar with Masoor Dal




South Indian


40 min


Side Dish


Quick & easy!

To Temper – 1 tablespoon oil – 1 teaspoon mustard seeds – 2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds reduce as per taste – 5 curry leaves – ¼ teaspoon asafoetida Other ingredients – 110 grams onion half of the medium-sized onion chopped – 60 grams tomato one big tomato chopped – 120 grams sweet potatoes chopped. Approx 1 cup – 120 grams zucchini chopped Approx 1 cup – 50 grams carrot one carrot – Five pieces drumstick – ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder – 1.5 teaspoon salt or to taste – 1.25 teaspoon tamarind paste mix it with ½ cup water – 1 tablespoon sambar powder heaped (mix it with ½ cup of water) – ½ teaspoon jaggery optional – 3 cups water divided – 1 cup masoor dal rinsed and soaked for 30 minutes, and drained – 1 tablespoon cilantro fine chopped Measurement details: 1 cup = 240ml; 1 tbsp = 15ml; 1 tsp = 5ml.

You will need:


Simple & easy-to-follow

Step 1

Heat the pressure cooker and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, and asafoetida, and let the mustard seeds splutter.

Then add the onions and cook until the onions turn soft.

Step 2

Add all the veggies – tomatoes, zucchini, sweet potatoes, drumsticks, and carrots. Add salt and turmeric powder.

Step 3

Mix all the veggies and add the tamarind water and sambar powder mixed with ½ cup of water. We mix the sambar powder with water to avoid the lumps. Reduce the heat to low. Add one more cup of water, jaggery, salt, and mix.

Step 4

Now add the soaked and drained masoor dal.

Step 5

Mix well and add cilantro. Close the pressure cooker lid and increase the heat to medium, and pressure cook for four whistles.

Step 6

Let the pressure naturally subside and open the pressure cooker. The sambar will be thick like below. At this stage, you can let it cool and then portion it. Freeze the portions when they are at room temperature. If not, add one more cup of water, bring it to a gentle boil, and turn off the heat. That’s it; sambar is ready. Serve hot with rice or tiffin items like idli, dosa, pongal, etc.

Step 7

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