BM #99 Day 19 - 

For the letter S I have made sambar saadam using another millet called Kodo Millet. It was a breeze to prepare this in the Instant Pot. The same can be prepared using a regular pressure cooker.

I prepared the tadka separately after the sambar saadam was done as we love the crunch of the dals in the tadka. If I am in a hurry I first do the tadka in the pressure cooker, add the dals, vegetables and spices. And just serve after it is done.

Ingredients - 

Kodo Millet (Arikelu, Kodon, Varagu) 1/2 cup
Toor Dal 1/4 cup
Salt, Turmeric, Jaggery, Red Chili Powder and Sambar Powder as needed
Vegetables 2 cups (I used Carrots and Chayote)
Tamarind juice 1-2 Tbsp (Depending on the consistency of the juice)
Seasoning (Ghee/Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 2 tsp, Hing / Asafotida 2 pinches, Peanuts few and Curry leaves few)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak Kodo Millet / Varagu / Arikelu for a few minutes. Ideally 2-4 hours. But I never soaked it for more than 15 minutes.

Wash toor dal and set aside.

In the IP inner pot, mix kodo millet and toor dal. Add in the chopped vegetables salt, turmeric, red chili powder, jaggery, sambar powder and about 2 cups of water. Set it to Pressure cook or Manual Mode for 10 minutes.

Upon release of pressure, prepare the seasoning on the stove top. In a heated pan, add the oil and mustard seeds. After the mustard seeds pop, add chana dal, cashews, curry leaves and hing.

After the chana dal and cashews are golden brown, remove and transfer into the cooked millet-dal mixture.

Mix well and serve with an accompaniment of your choice. 


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#99

Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 2-3


  1. Suma Gandlur Says:
  2. A delicious one pot meal. The millet version sambhar saadam is one nutritious and wholesome meal without a doubt.

  3. That is one delicious bowl of sambar saadam with millet. I like the crunch of the dal in tempering, so even I add it at the final moments.


  4. Hot hot sambar sadham topped with crispy boondi and loads of peanuts is tempting..

  5. sushma Says:
  6. Yummy and delicious bowl of sambar Sadam with millets. Healthy and nutritious.

  7. Sambar Sadam made from Kodo millet is such a innovative idea . You would get the same basic taste but with a health element . Great share !

  8. Kalyani Says:
  9. Quick meals like these are life saviours. and during / after the BM, I am resorting to more like these to replace rice just for myself :)

  10. Srividhya G Says:
  11. This is such a bliss. I love sambar sadham any time. You know what, if time is pressing, I skip the tempering even.

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. Sambar sadam tastes great with all millets right, this one is a wonderful one pot meal..

  14. cookwithrenu Says:
  15. Lip smacking one pot meal. Love to dig in with some curd on the side

  16. Swati Says:
  17. This is a favourite in family, topped with tadka of ghee it makes a lip smacking meal.I too make it in Instant Pot now.. it good to see how you are substituting rice with healthy grains and millets.

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