How did it all start: Abhi had an exam and was preparing for it, he was up early in the morning. I got up along with him to carry on with our house hold chores. Wanted to make some quick and light 'desi' breakfast, as I already served him his fav Cinnamon - Chai. Then I recollected that my mom mentioned to me that Bread Upma was one of the fastest tiffins she ever made, I gave her a call and asked her the recipe; she gives me her own version and I decide to modify it a bit and started making this 'Yummy Bread Upma'.
Bread - 4 slices
Onion - 1 medium size
Tomatos - 3 small size (Roma)
Mustard Seeds - A few
Urad Dal - A few
Channa Dal - A few
Cashew Nuts- A few + more ;)
Curry leaves - A few
Green chillies - 4 small
Turmeric - A pinch
Paprika - A pinch / optional ( We general do not use red chilli powder for Upmas but I love the color that it adds to the dish, hence I add a very small pinch) **My secret ingredient**
Ginger - 1/2 tbsp minced
Ghee - a few spoons full
-Sprinkle some water on the crumbled bread (do not soak the bread in water just sprinkle ample water)
-Add ghee in a medium hot pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, channa dal, green chillis, curry leaves, after they are done and you hear the chit pat sound , add minced ginger, fried cashew nuts.
-Add finely chopped onions add a pinch of salt for the onions to sweat out and a pinch of turmeric, Close the lid and let the onions cook until they are transparent in color [we are not waiting until the onions get a golden brown color].
-Once the onions are done add the finely chopped tomatoes and let them cook.
-Add the bread to the pan and leave it on simmer for half a minute with a close lid and half a minute open, allowing the water to evaporate.
Best when served with Palli Pachadi alias Peanut Chutney. Can also be served with tomato ketchup.