Mar 1, 2010

Bread Upma

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.


  1. Thanks for the nice recipe.. Would definately try this once :)

  2. Sure! Do let me know how it turned out to be :)