simple hotel sambar, Instant pot hotel sambar | Indian Instant pot recipes

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But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Sambar to go well with Idli dosa and other tiffin items. Super simple hotel sambar with no grinding part.
Easily adaptable for regular pressure cooker.

Prep time: 15 mins

Active cook time: 23 mins

Serves: 4


1/4 cup Toor dal

1/4 cup Moong dal

1/4 tsp Ghee

2 cups Water

1/2 cup tamarind extract (or 1 tbsp tamarind paste)

10 Shallots, peeled

2 Tomato, cubed

2 green chilli, slit (Optional)

1/2 cup Pumpkin, cubed

1 Drumstick, cut into 2 inch pieces

Curry leaves, Coriander leaves, for garnishing

1 tsp Chilli powder

2 tsp Sambar powder

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

1/4 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Jaggery

2 tsp Sea salt

1 & 3/4 cup water, divided

To temper

1 tbsp ghee

1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds

1/2 tsp Mustard

1 sprig curry leaves

Tamarind extract:

Soak 1/2 tbsp in 1/4 cup hot water & extract with another 1/4 cup water to make it total 1/2 cup

All the ingredients available in Indian super markets.

Other vegetables that can be used: Carrot, potato, brinjal, radish, capsicum.

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