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February 21, 2015

Tamilnadu Style Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe in Pressure cooker - Bachelors Recipes

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Kadamba sambar recipe
Mixed vegetable sambar recipe updated with video !
I am planning to share a collection of recipes for Indian bachelors. But before that, I wanted to share some easy one pot sambar, rasam & more kuzhambu recipes in Tamilnadu style. So I am posting this easy and quick tamil style mixed vegetable sambar recipe in pressure cooker for bachelors, spinsters, working women and for husbands who are alone in abroad leaving your family in India . Not only for these people but also for housewives who want to finish cooking quickly during busy morning hours. 

Generally in Tamil nadu, Iyers & Iyengars make Kadamba sambar by adding freshly ground masala powder. They call it as Arachuvitta sambar. But this is a quicker version using sambar powder. This recipe can be done under 15 minutes using a pressure cooker and a small container. Some people have the habit of cooking & storing the dal for a week in refrigerator. For those people, making this sambar is even more easy. I was very happy with the outcome and I had a satisfaction of eating many vegetables in one gravy. 

My daughter Raksha had this sambar along with vegetables without complaining anything as the veggies were cooked really soft n mushy. So this sambar is a good choice for making our kids to eat vegetables. I have used carrot, beans, brinjal & Lady’s finger along with onions. U can use a combination of Radish or drumstick, chayote/chow chow, potato and knol knol too. The taste & flavor of this sambar may slightly vary as per the vegetables you add but the procedure remains the same. Try this quick sambar recipe for rice and pack it for your lunch box. It tastes yum !Lets see how to make this easy sambar recipe for rice.

Check out my easy onion sambar & 30 kuzhambu recipes if interested.

Easy sambar recipe

Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe Tamilnadu style mixed vegetable sambar recipe for rice- Easy n quick version !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup
  • Mixed vegetables - 1 cup ( Carrot 1 small, beans-5nos, Brinjal-2 nos, Lady's finger-5 nos)
  • Tamarind - Small lemon size ( 2 tbsp tamarind paste)
  • Big onion or small onions - 1 no / 10 nos ( cubed)
  • Ripe tomato - 1 no
  • Sambar powder- 1 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1/4 tsp ( Don’t add it if you use carrot)
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder /coriander seeds powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil-1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chillies - 2 nos
  • Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Hing - 2 pinches
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Ghee-1 tbsp

  • Wash and soak the toor dal in 2 cups of hot water, a pinch of turmeric powder. few curry leaves (optional) and a drop of oil till use. Soak the tamarind in 1 cup water. Wash and chop the vegetables into one inch pieces and keep them immersed in water. Cube cut onions if using big onions or just peel the sambar onions and use as whole ones.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker base and splutter mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds & curry leaves. Add the red chilli powder, dhania powder & turmeric powder. Saute quickly for a second in medium flame.
Easy sambar recipe
  • Add all the vegetables, onions, tomato pieces & crushed garlic if  using. Saute for a minute till lady’s finger shrinks a bit.
    • If you are adding drumstick, do not cook with other vegetables. It will become mushy. So cook separately and add it.
  • Add some raw curry leaves.Now add 1 to 1.5 cups of tamarind extract, jaggery and sambar powder. Add hing and the required salt.Add a tsp of ghee. Keep the flame very low and allow it to boil slowly.
Easy sambar recipe

  • In the mean time,transfer the soaked toor dal into a small closed box along with soaked water. Make sure the size of box is double the quantity of dal else dal will spill & won’t cook properly. Keep it inside the cooker and close the lid. Increase the flame to high and as soon as the steam comes, put the weight valve and keep the flame very low.Allow it to cook in very low flame till one whistle. It takes approx. 5 minutes if using small cooker & 8 minutes for bigger one.
Easy sambar recipe
Easy sambar recipe
  • Switch off the flame after one whistle and let the steam goes off completely. Now open the cooker and take out the box. Open and mash the dal well.
Easy sambar recipe
  • Add the dal to the sambar and allow it to boil. Check for taste and add more salt and sambar powder if needed. Let the sambar roll boil in medium flame for 2 minutes. Lastly add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Add 2 tsp of ghee and close it with a lid till you serve. It tastes yum with hot rice and papad. Enjoy !
Easy sambar recipe


  • If you are using drumstick, do not cook with other vegetables. It will become mushy. So cook separately and add it.
  • Cooking the dal in the box inside the cooker makes the job easy, saves time & gas. If you don’t have a small container, you should pressure cook the dal till mushy, remove in a bowl and then make the sambar in the same cooker again. U can also cook the dal the previous day night and refrigerate it. The next morning, dilute it with little water and add to the cooked veggies. Boil and serve.
  • Addition of vegetables is purely your choice. U can add either one or all the vegetables.
  • Please don’t add jaggery if you are using carrot as carrot lends mild sweetness to the sambar.
  • Use more chilli powder or sambar powder based on your spice level.

Mix this sambar in hot rice & enjoy eating with papad. It tastes divine!
Mixed vegetable sambar

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Unknown said...

Very good Explanation and useful tips :)

great-secret-of-life said...

I always love mixed vegetables sambar.. it is flavourful so yum!

thelady8home said...

The colors look amazing. Great looking sambhar.

Unknown said...

Hi chitra, I did this sambar today, last week my mixie leaf was broken., so timely help by posting this recipe without mixie. My husband appreciated a lot for this sambar and my 10 month daughter enjoyed this delicious sambar :-) thanks a lot

Chitra said...

I am feeling glad to read your feedback.Thank u so much Priya Kannan :)

coldestflame said...

Exactly the kind of sambhar recipe beginner level cooks need!! Thanx for sharing. The sambhar looks good in the pix.
One question. Why can't we just cook the Dal along with the veggies without a separate vessel in the pressure cooker?
Thanx a ton.
Warm Regards,
George Mathews

Chitra said...

Hi thanks. When dal is cooked along with tamarind extract it won't turn its better to cook separately. If you really want to cook together soak the dal for more than 2 hours adding a drop of oil n cook it. It will work i guess

coldestflame said...

Thanks for the response. Will def try this over the weekend!!

bharathi said...

tried and came out very well...used radish and beans

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback.

Jyothi said...

Hi, do we need to add tomato or can we add extra tamarind water ?

Chitra said...

You can skip tomato and add little tamarind juice extra