Tuesday, 27 February, 2024

Bread Upma

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Left over bread pieces in kitchen? Or you are craving for some company with your Coffee/Tea?

You bought a pound of bread, and noone ate the top and bottom pieces. Also while making sandwiches for your children, they want the edges of bread-slices to be taken off. So you are left with a few bread slices and some other leftover edge pieces. Instead of throwing them as useless and uneatable, here is a recipe to put them to good use. The recipe is not just for leftovers, but can be used for good and fresh bread as well!


Bread pieces/slices – 2 large cups (approx 100 Gms), cut into bite sizes

Onion – 1 medium (finely chopped)

Tomato – 1 medium (finely chopped)

Green chilies – 5 (slit in the middle)

Curry leaves – 5 leaves

Urad dal – 1 Tsp

Mustard seeds – 1 Tsp

Ground nuts -10 to 15 (Or use 7 to 8 cashews)

Turmeric Powder – 5g

Ginger paste, Salt, Sugar – 1 Tsp

Coriander (for garnishing)

Oil – 3 TblSp

Optional: Hing (1/2 Tsp), Lemon juice. You can use ginger garlic paste as well instead of ginger paste.


Heat 1 Table spoon of oil in a deep dish. Slow roast the bread pieces to make them crisp. Keep it aside.

Heat 1 more table spoon of oil, and roast the ground nuts/cashews and keep them aside.

Hear the last tablespoon of oil. Sputter mustard seeds and urad dal. Saute till the dal turns light golden.

Add green chilies and curry leaves. Saute for 30 seconds.

Sprinkle hing. Add onions and saute till they golden. Add ginger paste. Saute for 30 more seconds.

Tomatoes go in now. After 30 seconds of frying add salt, turmeric. Fry till tomatoes turn mushy.

Noe add chili powder and sugar. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water. Cook for a minute. Check the taste. Adjust salt or chili if needed.

Add the bread pieces and ground nuts/cashews. Mix well to make sure each bread piece is coated with the masala. Cook for 20-30 seconds.

Sprinkle coriander leaves and lemon juice and serve hot.

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