Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bread Upma - Quick 'n' Tasty Snack

This is something I make from bread that remains, when I want to use them up before its expiry date.  This is clearly Indianized, something conceived by an Indian housewife, probably in the '60s or '70s, b'coz this is "upma" from something like bread that's of European origin!  Traditionally, upma refers to hot breakfast porridge, popular in South India and is made from rice, broken wheat or other grains, vegetables and is often spiced with green chillies.

My mom-in-law makes bread upma a lot and I picked up the habit (and recipe) from her.  It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare this and doesn't require funky ingredients!

You Need -

Bread - 5 slices
Onions - 1 medium (chopped)
Tomatoes - 2 small/medium (chopped)
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds (கடுகு)- 1 tsp
Urad dal (உளுந்து)- 1 tsp
Channa dal (கடலை பருப்பு) - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Red chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Cilantro/Coriander leaves - for flavor and garnishing (optional)
Paneer (shredded) - optional (for decorative purpose;)

How To-
  • Take a kadai, splutter mustard, urad dal, channa dal. These two dals give the crunchy effect amidst the soft bread and tender tomatoes n onions.

  • Fry chopped onions, followed by tomatoes.

  • Add salt and let them cook for 3 mins.
  • Cut bread slices using kitchen scissors and add them in. You don't have to sprinkle water as the moisture from onions and tomatoes is more than sufficient. 

  • Add red chilli powder and a pinch of turmeric and mix well.

  • In 5 minutes, bread upma is done :)
  • Garnish with cilantro and shredded paneer, if you feel like :)


  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe Divya. I tried this yesterday and loved the flavor and taste..Nice way to use the about to expire breads..Very helpful :)

  2. Thanks! Glad to know you loved it :)


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