Easy pressure cooker sambar

Try this simple yet delicious south Indian Lunch ideas Rice with Easy pressure cooker sambar, Aviyal, Grated raw mango pickle and curd. 

Many people have asked me for quick and easy recipes. Also many have requested me to write recipes in Malayam. So keeping your request in mind, I am trying to post more easy to make recipes.


Toor dal – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida – a small piece
Ladies finger, cut into 2 pieces – 6 nos
Drumsticks, cut lengthwise – 2 nos
Tomato, sliced- 1  no
Potato, carrot, pumpkin, ashgourd and cluster beans cut into pieces- 2 cups or as needed
Shallots/kunjulli – 1/4 cup
Tamarind, gooseberry sized – soak in 1/2 cup of water
Instant sambar powder – 3 tbsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Chilli powder – 1/2 – 1 tsp

For tempering

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Dry red chillies, slit – 2 nos
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves for garnishing


Pressure cook toor dal, turmeric powder and salt with 3 cups of water for 3 – 4 whistles. When the pressure releases, open the cooker. Add vegetables along with tamarind water. Again cook for one whistle. Do not overcook. 

Heat oil in a pan. Splutter mustard seeds, red chillies and curry leaves . Now add sambar powder, red chilli powder( soaked in little water). Saute on a low flame for a minute. Pour this over the curry. Now bring the curry to a boil and switch off the stove.

Tips;- Check the consistency of the sambar again and add little more water if required.

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