Upma in general is a simple, yet comforting dish. It is quite versatile and can be fixed in less than 15 minutes. Today we are making bread upma, which is one such fancy way to use leftover bread or just a way to enjoy something different with regular bread other any making a sandwich. Plain bread sauteed with fresh onion, chilies, ginger and tomatoes along with tempered spices! Usually this is served as breakfast but can also be a light eve snack…. perfect for kids lunch box too! This recipe is adapted from Vahrehvah youtube videos.
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|Wholegrain Multigrain Bread / White Bread||5 slices|
|Onions (preferably small pearl onions)||1/2 sliced|
|Green chili||2 (minced)|
|Ginger||1 inch (chopped)|
|Turmeric powder||1/4 teaspoon|
|Red Chili powder||1/2 teaspoon|
|Ghee or Butter||1 teaspoon|
|Mustard seeds||1/4 teaspoon|
|Split black gram||1/4 teaspoon|
|Cumin seeds||1/4 teaspoon|
|Curry leaves||a few|
|Coriander leaves||2 tablespoons (chopped)|
Heat little oil and ghee (or butter) in a kadai.
Temper with mustard seeds, split black gram, cumin seeds & curry leaves. Also add in few cashew nuts and toast them along. (This is optional but adds little richness to the dash)
Followed by sliced onions, chopped green chili and ginger. Fry them till translucent. Then add in chopped tomatoes and cook them till soft.
Meanwhile cut the bread slices into bite size pieces and keep them ready. I have wholegrain (multigrain bread) If you want to keep it healthy go with any wholegrain, multigrain… or just soft white bread.
Add in little turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and saute well.
Sprinkle little asafoetida powder which aids digestion.
Now add in the chopped bread pieces and mix well.
Add a teaspoon of water just to make sure the masala gets soaked in the bread and also helps to keep the bread moist.
Bring the flame to the lowest setting, cover and cook for 1-2 minutes. When done, switch off!
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and finish.
- Serves 2
- You can use any kind of bread white / wheat/ multi grain / any whole grain.
- Use whole grain bread to make it healthy. adding soaked cashew or almonds can make them more healthy.
- Usually bread becomes dry after sometime and adding little water can keep them moist and also helps the masala to soak in the bread.
- Making this upma with small onions does make a difference. It gives immense taste as small pearl onion/ sambar vengayam are sweet & tender naturally.
- Add less green chili, if making for kids.
- This is recipe is adapted from vahrehvah youtube videos.