Learn How to make bread upma easily at home in step and step way. Bread Upma is an easy and delicious South Indian preparation that can be quickly prepared with some bread slices and basic spices and herbs that are commonly found in an Indian kitchen.
Couple of weeks ago I had shared a recipe of Palak Bread Tikki– a preparation that could trick your kids into eating spinach which was combined with some leftover bread and shaped into tikkis. I then realized; how could I forget bread upma which has always been our go to dish for my family when we have some bread in the refrigerator. Mom would often go back to preparing this dish, that she had learnt from her South Indian friends and something that we too had taken a liking to. The funny thing of being a food blogger is that you often stay so focused on finding a unique, out-of-the-box recipes for our readers/viewers that we often tend to forget on the common ones. With that, let me share the recipe of Bread Upma today.
The ubiquitous Bread
Bread has now been one of the commonly consumed breakfast items globally. In an Indian context, bread still has a secondary status in staple food list- primarily Indians consume chapatis, parathas or rice. However, the consumption pattern is now slowly and steadily changing. In India more than 90% of bread that is manufactured is consumed by lower middle-class section of society- primarily due to it being cheapest and easily available instant food.
Bread that is manufactured in India must abide by government mandate of stamping the manufacturing date and the best before (date of expiry) date. Shelf life of breads manufactured in our country is about 72 hours- hence it becomes important for us to be aware and check on these dates. My dad who likes to shop for essentials in our house, often fails to carry his eyeglasses and picks up bread from shelves without reading the dates. My Mom really had a hard time making him change his habits and now he makes it a point to read the dates religiously. So, Mom had the tough task of finishing off the bread packets within a day and she would often resort to making such recipes that she had learnt from her friends.
This basic and instant food has a rich history that accompanies it- Bread has been part of human history from 10000 BC. You can read more about the history of bread here
Even those who are keenly watching on their calorie consumption and often resort to Bread and eggs as their breakfast menu would love to eat bread upma. Bread Upma can be enriched by adding loads of veggies to it and its taste is enhanced with Indian masalas. So, who says that losing weight must be a boring experience?
Learn How to make bread upma recipe easily at home in step and step way. If you are a visual person and love to follow my watching- we got you covered. Scroll to the bottom of this post for YouTube Video link.
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- 7-8 Bread Slices
- ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
- ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
- ½ tsp Urad Dal
- Curry Leaves
- 4-5 Cashewnuts- Halved
- 3 Green Chilies- chopped
- ½ tsp Garam Masala powder
- ½ tsp Red Chili powder
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- 70 gms Onions-Chopped
- 70 gms Tomatoes- Chopped
- 1-tsp Ginger Garlic paste
- 1-tsp Lemon Juice
- 2-tsp Coriander leaves- chopped
- Salt to taste
- Cooking Oil.
- Cut the bread slices into equal sized cubes.
- Put a pan on heat. Heat 2-3 tbsp Cooking Oil. Fry cashewnuts until it becomes light brown in color. Remove cashewnuts.
- Add Urad Dal to the pan and fry until it turns light brown. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds. Add curry leaves and green chilies. Fry for 30 seconds.
- Add ginger garlic paste. Cook for 2 mins on low heat.
- Add chopped onions and mix well. Cook until onions becomes soft. Cover and cook on low heat.
- Add tomatoes and mix well. Add ½-tsp Salt and mix well. Uncover after 5 mins.
- Add spice powders- turmeric, red chili and garam masala. Add 1-tbsp water and mix well. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 mins.
- Add cashewnuts, coriander leaves and salt to taste. Mix well. Now add bread cubes and mix well. Cover and allow it to steam.
- Finally finish off with lemon juice.
- Serve hot.
- Chef Tip: - Adding salt brings out moisture from tomatoes and makes flavor more intense
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