Instant Pot Vegetable Sambar (South Indian Lentil Stew)

Ingredients for Sambar

Take the tamarind in a small bowl and add ½ cup hot water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Extract the tamarind pulp and discard the fiber and seeds. Set the Instant Pot in saute mode and add two tablespoons of ghee in the inner pot. Once it heats, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Next, add cumin seeds, methi seeds, dried red chili, hing, curry leaves, and garlic. Saute for a few seconds.

Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, sambhar powder, and salt.

Mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the toor dal (split pigeon peas) and vegetables.

Add 6 cups of water and give it a good mix. Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook mode on high pressure for 8 minutes.

Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release and open the Instant Pot lid. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and add the tamarind extract (tamarind water) and jaggery.

Adjust salt and spices as needed. Also, adjust the consistency as needed. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Cancel saute mode and add one tablespoon of ghee and coriander leaves.

Piping hot Instant Pot sambar is ready to be served.