Tiffin Sambar (Restaurant Style Idli Sambar) Instant Pot / Pressure cooker Recipe

By: Prasanna| Published: 8:19:00 PM

A new post again and this is something I have been planning to share for a long time, it's most famous Tiffin Sambar! Just the way you get in restaurants 😊

The perfect breakfast idea is steaming hot and soft pillowy cotton like Idli's with a generous amount of ghee and dunked in lots of chutney and sambar served on a plantain leaf. Bliss! Ah ! not to forget a tumbler full of hot coffee with almost half cup full of coffee foam!

Tiffin Sambar Restaurant Style Idli Sambar Instant Pot Pressure cooker recipe

Although Idli Sambar Chutney is a south Indian breakfast recipe but still its cooked throughout India and in most restaurants its served to thousands of people as their breakfast,lunch and dinner option.
My mom makes lovely Idli Sambar ,but since we are from Goa we grew up eating  idli with coconut juice and jaggery mix apart from sambar. Another favorite Goan breakfast is idli with "Tonak" that's a curry made from Peas/Beans (seasonal or dried) along with some local grown shoots/mushrooms.Also sometimes with dried /fresh tiny shrimps.

When I moved to Bangalore,first thing I had was Idli sambar/chutney! There is no prize for guessing that. Actually the cafe/small sized hotel next to my office branch would serve a very lovely dosa/idli chutney/sambar combo. There were not much options close by to eat during lunch hour,so instead of going far off places and through all the traffic people preferred eating in that restaurant for breakfast,lunch,snack and dinner too. Yes! we used to have almost all meals in that restaurant. Since that was a pure vegetarian restaurant if sometime I was missing fish then I used to get to-go packets from similar restaurant but slightly far off.

Tiffin Sambar Restaurant Style Idli Sambar Instant Pot Pressure cooker recipe

Back at my home,I am used to having sambar, but the way my mom makes it is totally different from my recipes. I make a variety of sambar recipes but my mom's sambar has its unique taste. I polish off the plates when I eat that.
This recipe of sambar is my familys favorite than rest of the other sambar recipes that I make.May be because I use very little veggies here,it's just Pearl Onions/Shallots  and Tomato. You can add as many veggies as you want. I use carrots,eggplant,drumsticks,capsicum in rest of my recipes. 

Tiffin Sambar Restaurant Style Idli Sambar Instant Pot Pressure cooker recipe

Tiffin Sambar (Restaurant Style Idli Sambar) Instant Pot / Pressure cooker Recipe

Published 04/05/2017
Tiffin Sambar (Restaurant Style Idli Sambar)  Instant Pot / Pressure cooker Recipe


  • 1/3rd Cup,Tuvar Dal / Tur Dal / Pigeon Peas Split
  • 1/4th Cup, Moong Dal / Yellow Split Lentils
  • For Masala:
  • 1 Tablespoon,Rice (I used Sona Masoori Rice)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chana Dal / Yellow Split Peas
  • 8 Curry Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds / Jeera
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds / Methi
  • 4 Cloves
  • For Tampering:
  • 2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Hing / Asafoetida
  • 6 Curry Leaves
  • Additional:
  • As per need,Salt
  • 2 Cups,Water
  • Gooseberry Size,Jaggery
  • 1/4rth Teaspoon,Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon + 1 Teaspoon,Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon , Rasam Powder
  • 8 No, Shallots,peeled,halved
  • 2 No,Tomato,Diced
  • 2 Sprigs,Cilantro / Coriander Leaves,chopped


  1. Wash and soak both dal for 1 hour.
  2. Dry roast all the ingredients for "Masala".
    Let them cool and grind in a mixer grinder to a smooth powder.
  3. In a Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker, add oil and let it get hot.
  4. For Instant Pot,keep it on Saute mode.
  5. When oil is hot add the ingredients mentioned under "For Tampering".
  6. When the mustard seeds splutter,add drained dal.
    Add water to this.
  7. Add Salt,Jaggery,Turmeric powder,1 Teaspoon Kashmiri Red chili Powder,Ground Masala Powder,Rasam Powder.
  8. For Regular Pressure cooker cook on Medium flame for 20 minutes.
    For Instant Pot,cook on Manual Mode,High Pressure for 15 Mins.
  9. Once pressure released add shallots,tomatoes,cilantro.
    Adjust Salt and add 1 Teaspoon Red Chili Powder.
  10. Mix well and adjust water.
    For Instant Pot,cook on Manual Mode ,Low Pressure,for 10 Mins.
    For Regular Pressure cooker,cook on medium flame for 10 Mins.
  11. Once pressure released, serve hot with Idli and Chutney!
Prep Time: 00:10:00 mins.
Cook time: 00:30:00 mins.

  • You can use all the powder that you make of all the roasted spices or add as per need and store rest.
  • Add Tamarind plup if you need more tangy flavor.Since I added tomatoes so I skipped tamarind.
  • Rasam Powder is optional but it gives a nice taste in combination to rest of the ingredients.


Hi, I'm Prasanna!

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    1. I'm so intrigued by this recipe! LOVE all of the ingredients! And now I'm so hungry for it. Bookmarking!

    2. This looks delicious and so flavorful! I love how versatile this recipe is, with the option to add more vegetables.

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    3. What a wonderful collection of beautiful flavours, I love Indian food and can't wait to try this.

    4. Oh wow this sounds like breakfast heaven! Especially with the hot cup of coffee to wash it down. Can't wait to try this recipe, it sounds so aromatic and delicious, and a good excuse to use more of our jaggery!

    5. This sounds great! I will have to look for it on the menu of my favorite Indian restaurant the next time we eat there!

    6. Love Indian spicy food like this. A great combination of flavours here. Delicious

    7. I never tried Tiffin Sambar but it sounds absolutely delicious. Love the spice combo you used. So much wonderful flavors in one dish. Love how this looks. Fantastic!

    8. Super cool textures and flavors in this recipe. I rarely see this on an Indian menu.

    9. This sounds like a great breakfast, I have never seen it before and now I am going to make an effort to look for it the next time I am in my favorite Indian restaurant

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