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June 8, 2017

Easy Sambar Sadam In Pressure Cooker – Bachelors Style Sambar Rice Recipe

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Easy sambar sadam recipe - Bachelors style
South Indian style Sambar rice / Sambar sadam using a pressure cooker is an yummy, healthy one pot recipe for vegetarians that is packed with the nutrients of rice, dal and mixed vegetables. Usually I make my hotel style sambar sadam at least once in a week for Sendhil’s lunch box. I prepare it by adding sambar powder made of freshly roasted & ground spices. Recently I saw this easy, bachelors style sambar sadam video in Tamil. Its so easy to make, absolutely no grinding job, no pre-cooking of dals & no tamarind too. Yes, Its 100% a bachelors kind of recipe and it would be helpful for students, working women and busy moms to cook easily in the weekday mornings. I loved the idea and tried it the next day. It was so quick to make and tasted really good.I made few changes in the original recipe by adding mixed vegetables & spice powders to make it more healthy and flavorful. Sendhil love it a lot with rice papad or vadam as side dish.I loved it with pickleWinking. It tastes good even if cools down. So we can pack this for lunch box as well.  You can skip onion to make a no onion no garlic version on festival days. You can use almost all the vegetables except beetroot and bitter gourd as they dominate the taste. Friends, do try this easy, sambar sadam in pressure cooker and let me know your feedback. I am sure you will love its simplicity and taste. Lets check out how to prepare South Indian style Sambar rice with step by step photos and video !
If you like to make Hotel style sambar sadam recipe, please check this link. For Karnataka style Bisi bele bath, check out this link .

How to prepare sambar sadam

Easy Sambar Sadam - Bacehlors Style Sambar Rice Recipe

Easy Sambar Sadam - Bacehlors Style Sambar Rice Recipe How to make Sambar Rice Recipe easily in a pressure cooker - One pot rice variety

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Rice Varieties Indian
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Raw rice or Steamed rice - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/3 cup ( You can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup)
  • Water - 5 cups
  • **Mixed Vegetables - 1 cup ( 1 small carrot, 1/2 radish, 1 brinjal, Beans 3 nos, broad beans 5 nosl)
To saute in pressure cooker
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 5 nos
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( Slit )
  • Big onion - 1 no ( sliced)
  • Ripe Tomato - 3 nos ( finely chopped, I used 2 big tomato)
  • Sambar Powder - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder -1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing/Asafetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
To Garnish
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp ( finely chopped)
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp

  • Wash rice & toor dal.Drain the water & Set aside. Wash & chop all the required vegetables.
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  • In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, methi seeds,curry leaves and coriander leaves. Saute for a second. Add sliced onion, slit green chilli and saute till onion turns transparent.
  • Add finely chopped tomato, mix well.Add turmeric powder, hing, sambar powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder and salt. Saute in medium flame till tomato turns mushy. Do not burn the masala.( Tamarind extract is not needed for this recipe)
    How to make Sambar sadam
  • Lastly add the chopped vegetables.Saute for a minute. Add the washed rice, dal and 5 cups of water. Mix well and check for taste.Add more salt, chilli powder or sambar powder if needed.
  • Close the cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles in very low flame.Open the cooker after steam is released. Mix well. ( If you want to add tamarind extract, add it now, boil for a minute till its raw smell goes off).Don't forget to garnish with chopped coriander leaves and add 1 tbsp of ghee. Serve hot with chips, papad or pickle if you like !
    How to make sambar sadam
  • Enjoy !
  • Red chilli powder and coriander powder are not given in the original recipe.So if you don’t have in hand, just add 2 tsp of sambar powder instead of 1 tsp.
  • Tamarind is not used in this recipe. If needed, you should add tamarind extract only after opening the cooker at the end because rice & dal won’t cook mushy in tamarind extract.
  • Adding coriander leaves and ghee is a must. It gives a nice flavor.
  • The quantity of water depends on the texture you like. I like it mushy,so I added 6 cups of water.

Try this easy, one pot sambar rice recipe and have a quick, hassle free lunch !
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  1. There is no tamarind used???

  2. Hi Chitra sambar Sadham looks simple and yummy.

  3. Hi chitra,today made this sambarsadam for my daughter s lunch tasted yummy when I made it.consistency was perfect.hope the lunch box comes empyty today.😀

    1. Thanks for trying Harini. Hope your daughter liked it :)

    2. Hi she likes it very much.when it was hot in the morning the consistency was perfect,but during afternoon,it has thickened and not loose enough.i added 6 cups of water.can i add extra one cup while cooking to make it loose consistency even after hours of making it.

    3. Yes Harini, you are right. It thickens over time. Sure, you can add more water while cooking but adjust the spices accordingly else it may taste bland.Glad your daughter liked it :)

  4. Hi today I tried this recipe it came out very well. Everyone in my family likes this. Thank you for sharing the recipe

    1. Thanks a lot for leaving your feedback. I am glad to know it :)

  5. Wanted to try this recipe for kid lunch box... Jus had a query... 2 whistles enough for cooking toor dal??

    1. Yes it's enough to cook 2 whistles in very low flame.

  6. Excellent recipe , my parents loved it

  7. Superb taste and consistency. I cooked one and half cup rice with one cup Tur dal. Accordingly I increased other ingredients. Drumsticks gets dissolved in it. So next time I shall cook it separately and add it to the cooked sambar rice. Thanks a lot for the yummy dish.

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. Next time, try keeping drumstick in a small bowl inside the cooker without adding water. It will cook perfectly. You can add at the end, mix n serve.

    2. OK. Thanks. I shall do it next time.


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