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Pumpkin Sambar made of lentils and pumpkin served in a bowl with cooked rice on side
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Sambar

Pumpkin Sambar is a South Indian lentil and pumpkin stew made with yellow pumpkin, lentils, tamarind and unique blend spice blend together called sambar powder in instant pot pressure cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword instant pot pumpkin sambar, pumpkin lentil stew, vegetable sambar
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 143kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml


Instant Pot Method:

  • Rinse and soak the toor dal (lentils) in water for at least 30 minutes to fasten the cooking process as pumpkins cook faster than lentils.
  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it's hot, add mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves, and asafetida, let it splutter.
  • Then add diced pumpkin, rinsed and soaked toor dal (lentils), sambar powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, tamarind extract, salt, coconut paste, and water. Mix well.
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once the pot beeps, Do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE.
  • Remove lid away from you, garnish with coriander leaves. Mix well and adjust consistency and spice level. Increase accordingly.
  • Serve sweet pumpkin sambar with Hot Steamed Rice.


I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT
  1. Blend ¼ cup fresh/frozen coconut with little water to make smooth coconut paste.
  2. To make tamarind paste, soak lemon-sized tamarind in hot water, squeeze and extract the juice.
  3. Sambar Powder is easily available in Indian grocery stores or amazon.
  4. You can also add vegetables like carrot, drumstick, eggplant, etc.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5105IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg