The last time I wrote about whipping up a dish or two using instant food mixes, Linda of Out of the Garden suggested I should make it a series. So here's the next post in the "quick fix" series - instant sambar using MTR's Sambar Paste!
With the MTR sambar paste, all you need to do is boil toor dal and a vegetable or two that you like in sambar (I'm partial to vendakkai (okra) sambar!). You don't even need to add tadka (the paste includes mustard seeds, cumin seeds, etc.). Boil water, add the sambar paste and the cooked vegetable, and after about 5-6 minutes, mix in the boiled toor dal. Let this cook for 5-6 minutes more, and add fresh chopped cilantro before serving.
Compared to the Priya's readymade Sambar that I tried the last time, this one is much, much better. The next time you're in a time crunch, give this a try.