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Podi potta Sambhar

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, South indian, Vegan, Vegetarian


  • Pressure cooker
  • deep pot
  • ladle


for cooking the dal

  • 1/2 cup tur dal
  • 2 cups drinking water

for the tamarind extract

  • 1 lime sized tamarind
  • 1 cup warm water

Vegetable mix

  • 1 medium radishes
  • 2 long moringa pods

Spice mix

  • 2 tbsp sambhar powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida
  • 10 curry leaves

for tempering

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1-4 curry leaves
  • 1-2 dry red chillies


  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped


  • Wash and pressure cook the dal.
  • In the instant pot set for manual high pressure, 20 minutes or in the Indian pressure cooker 4-5 whistles
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Once released mix and mash the dal and set it aside.
    cooked tur dal
  • Meanwhile. Soak the tamarind in warm water.
    soaked tamarind.
  • After 15 minutes, squish the tamarind and extract the juice.
  • Strain and set this aside.
  • Peel and slice the daikon.
  • Peel and cut the moringa pods into two-inch pieces.
  • Add the vegetables to the deep pot and add the tamarind juice and set on medium heat.
  • Add a cup more water, turmeric powder and salt and let the mix come to a boil.
  • Cover and cook the vegetables till they are fork tender.
  • Now add the sambhar powder and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the mix is in a bubbling boil add the cooked tur dal.
  • Stir well and let the sambhar cook further for another 5 to 7 minutes.
    making radish sambhar.
  • Add the coriander leaves and remove from heat. Cover and set it aside.
  • In a separate small pan, add the coconut oil and mustard seeds and let them heat up.
  • When the mustard crackles add the red chillies, fenugreek and curry leaves. Once they are aromatic, pour this mix over the hot sambhar ( be careful, can splutter).
  • Cover the sambhar and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Mix well and the sambhar is ready to serve after 5 minutes.
    podi potta sambhar recipe
Keyword curry recipes, Indian vegetarian dinner, Lunch recipes, Winter warmers
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