Sambhar Sadam is lentil and rice one pot spicy meal you can easily prepare in a pressure cooker or an instant pot. Incredibly easy and delicious sambhar rice recipe that is vegan, gluten-free. You can have dinner on the table in 30 Minutes.
Sambhar Sadan or Sambhar rice is one pot lentil and rice pressure cooker meal. It is a Tamil Iyer recipe from Tamil cuisine of South India. Rice is cooked in vegetable sambhar for a delicious comfort meal of spicy lentil rice which is flavourful.
If you love South Indian cuisine and have tried Bisi belle bath from Karnataka cuisine. It is quite similar to that in looks but prepared slightly differently and has a different taste. North Indian khichdi is also a lentil and rice preparation but sambhar Sadam taste is markedly different from khichdi.
I make sambhar rice in pressure cooker most of the times, but you can make it in a deep pan as well. Initially, when I started cooking this South Indian delicacy I always cooked vegetables separately and sambhar and Rice separately. But cooking sambhar sadam in a pressure cooker is very convenient so I cook it this way these days.
How to Make Sambhar Sadam
Though I am not a South Indian there are certain South Indian dishes (apart from dosa, idli) that I often make at home. A variety of Sambhar and poriyals are two most favorite dishes from South India that I regularly make.
For making this you can use freshly ground Sambhar powder/ sambhar masala or a store-bought sambhar powder. Since Sambhar is not something I make every day (just once a week) I use store bought Sambhar powder which I get from Bangalore.
Recipe Notes for Making Sambhar Rice/Sambhar Sadam
- I have used white rice for making the recipe, you can use brown rice or a mix of white rice and brown rice.
- You can change the vegetables used as per taste or availability. Avoid strong tasting ones.
- Freshly made sambhar powder always taste best, but I use store-bought one.