Instant tiffin sambar (or) Quick and easy sambar  -  Sambar is a common dish served every day in South India Cuisine. This is a simple gravy prepared with lentils and vegetables. There are two versions of sambar, one that is served with breakfast most commonly paired with Idli and another version being served with rice. Today I am going to share a quick and easy breakfast sambar recipe. This is a versatile gravy that goes well with Idli, Dosa, and Poori. Let's get started.

First step: Prepare the vegetables needed for the sambar. I have used brinjal, potato, and carrot. Slice the onion and roughly chop the tomatoes. keep it aside.

Second step: Wash the lentils well, In the pressure cooker add the lentils along with sufficient water along with turmeric powder and cumin seeds.

Third step: When the water starts boiling add all the vegetables, along with sambar powder, and mix it gently.

Fourth Step: Pour a small ladle of tamarind extract. Add salt and stir it well

Fifth Step: Cover and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Sixth Step: Meanwhile in a pan, heat oil and add the seasoning ingredients. Once the pressure gets released, pour the sambar into the pan and bring it to boil

Seventh Step: Finally garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve it hot.
This is a pictorial video illustration on how to prepare this instant tiffin sambar

idli sambar

This is an instant sambar recipe with lentils and vegetables.


  • 1 cup of moong dal
  • 3 tsp. of thuvar dal
  • 1 tomato - chopped
  • 3 garlic crushed
  • 2 brinjal - sliced
  • 1 carrot - sliced
  • 1 potato - diced
  • 2 green chilies - slit lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. of sambar powder
  • 1 tbsp. of tamarind extract
  • 1 tsp. of cumin seeds
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

  • For Seasoning

  • 3 tsp .of oil
  • 2 tsp.of mustard seed
  • 1 tsp. of urad dal
  • 1 tsp.  of fenugreek seed
  • 3 red chilies
  • A generous amount of asafoetida
  • A sprig of curry leaves


  1. Wash the lentils well. In the cooker add the lentils along with sufficient water. Add turmeric powder and cumin seeds.

  2. When the water starts boiling add sambar powder, along with all the vegetables chopped.

  3. Add the chopped brinjal, carrot, potato, crushed garlic, green chilies, onion, and tomato.

  4. Add a ladle of tamarind extract, along with salt. Mix it well. Pressure cook for three whistles. Remove from heat and keep it aside for the pressure to get released.

  5. Meanwhile is a pan, add oil and temper with the seasoning ingredients. Saute for a min. Now pour the cooked sambar into it. Add water to its required consistency,check for salt and allow it to boil for few more minutes. 

  6. Finally, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve it hot with Idli and enjoy.


IDI SAMBAR-- Here comes a delicious sambar that pairs very well with Idli and not to mention one of the best combo in South Indian breakfast

Aruna Manikandan

I am a passionate cook and love to experiment various cuisines , in my kitchen. This blog is my humble attempt to register a copy of recipes that I learn and try . Feel free to experiment with my recipes and adjust accordingly to suit your taste and requirements.Hope you enjoy :)

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