Sambar sadam


Sambar Sadam is a quick,very easy one pot meal that is very filling as well. You get the required protein from dal, nutrients from the vegetable, and the carbs from the rice all in one plate.  I usually prepare it in the cooker, now in my Instapot, directly and it comes out nice and mushy. It can be paired with porial , potato chips or fried papadam.


Sambar Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Tamarind – 2 tsp or lemon sized ball soaked and squeezed ( adjust according to taste
Rice – 1 cup
Toor dal – 1/2 cup
Vegetables cut into  big cubes – 1 cup ( any veggi of your choice: carrot, beans, onion, peas, capsicum )
Sambar powder – 2 tbs
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – a pinch
4-5 cups water

For seasoning:
Mustered seeds – 1tsp
Oil – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – few
Methi powder – 1/4 tsp
Hing – 1/4 tsp


1.  In a pressure cooker or your Instapot add a little oil and add the turmeric powder and the vegetables. Fry all the vegetable for couple of minutes.
2. Add in the sambar powder and the salt and give it a good mix.
3. Meanwhile wash and the rice and toor dal and add it to the vegetables. Mix all of it together in a low flame.

4. Now add the tamarind paste/ water to the mixture.  At this point add the water to the mixture and close the lid and pressure cook it fro 2 to 3 whistles.

I like to add more water than usual ( 1 cup rice :3 or 4 cusp water) to get the mushy consistency.
P.S : The vegetables will get soft and will get broken so try to keep their size bigger to somewhat retain the shape.