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Bread upma recipe with step by step photos. Bread upma is a quick, easy and tasty upma variety made with bread, onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs.

bread upma recipe

I should have shared this recipe earlier, since this recipe is one of our favorite snack recipes made with bread. I have had some nice memories associated with bread upma. One of the first recipes I learnt to make was this upma. In fact during my school and college days, I would make this bread ka upma for both me and my sis.

I have been making this bread upma recipe for years now. it is a much loved breakfast or snack at home. Quick to make when you are short of time. Best to use homemade bread or you can use any bread – whole wheat, multi grain, brown or white.

You can use fresh bread slices or even a few days old bread to make this upma. If using fresh bread slices, then no need to slice the edges. For a few days old bread, if the edges have become hard, then slice them. Another similar and quick recipe you can make is this Masala bread recipe.

How to make bread upma

1. Chop the bread slices in cubes. Keep aside. Here, I have used brown bread slices.

bread for bread upma recipe

2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let them crackle and pop.

mustard for bread upma recipe

3. Then add ½ tsp cumin seeds.

cumin for bread upma recipe

4. Stir and saute till the cumin seeds also crackle and change their color.

cumin for bread upma recipe

5. Add ⅓ cup chopped onion.

onions for bread upma recipe

6. Stir.

onions for bread upma recipe

7. On a low to medium flame, saute the onions till they turn translucent.

onions for bread upma recipe

8. Add 1 green chili (finely chopped), 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and 6 to 7 curry leaves, chopped. stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. About 10 to 12 seconds.

ginger for bread upma recipe

9. then add ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes. About 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped.

tomatoes for bread upma recipe

10. Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida (optional). For a more spicy taste in bread upma, you can increase the red chili powder to ½ tsp.

spices for bread upma recipe

11. Mix very well.

making bread upma recipe

12. Add salt.

salt for bread upma recipe

13. Stir and saute this onion-tomato-spices mixture till the tomatoes soften and you see oil releasing from the sides.

making bread upma recipe

14. The tomatoes have to be cooked well, otherwise you will feel the rawness in them. There should also be no liquids or moisture in the mixture and it should be slightly dry. Otherwise, the bread cubes become soggy.

making bread upma recipe

Making bread upma

15. Add the bread cubes.

bread for bread upma recipe

16. Mix the bread well with the rest of the mixture.

preparing bread upma recipe

17. On a low to medium flame, saute the bread cubes for 4 to 5 minutes till they become slightly crisp from the edges. this way there is some crispness in the bread cubes on the edges, along with a soft texture in the center of the cubes.

preparing bread upma recipe

18. Then add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves). Instead of adding coriander leaves at this step, you can also garnish with them, while serving.

coriander for bread upma recipe

19. Mix.

bread upma recipe, bread upma

20. serve bread upma hot as a breakfast or as a quick snack. for more tasty bread snacks recipes, you can check this collection of 40 Snacks recipes with bread.

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bread upma recipe

Bread Upma

4.76 from 25 votes
Bread upma is a quick, easy and tasty upma variety made with bread, onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Breakfast, Snacks

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped bread cubes or 5 to 6 bread slices - chopped in cubes
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped or 1/3 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 green chili - finely chopped
  • ¾ to 1 inch ginger - finely chopped or 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves - chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped or ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing) - optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves)
  • salt as required

Instructions

  • Preparation - chop the bread slices in cubes. Keep aside.
  • Finely chop the onions, green chilli, ginger and tomatoes. keep aside.
  • Chop the curry leaves and coriander leaves. Keep aside.

making bread upma

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let them crackle and pop.
  • Then add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. Stir and saute till the cumin seeds also crackle and change their color.
  • Add 1/3 cup chopped onion. Stir. On a low to medium flame, saute the onions till they turn translucent.
  • Add 1 green chili (finely chopped), 1 tsp finely chopped ginger and 6 to 7 curry leaves, chopped. Stir and saute till the raw aroma of ginger goes away. About 10 to 12 seconds.
  • Then add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes. About 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped.
  • Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida (optional). For a more spicy taste in bread upma, you can increase the red chili powder to 1/2 tsp.
  • Mix very well. Add salt.
  • Stir and saute this onion-tomato-spices mixture till the tomatoes soften and you see oil releasing from the sides. The tomatoes have to be cooked well, otherwise you will feel the rawness in them. 
  • There should also be no liquids or moisture in the mixture and it should be slightly dry. Otherwise the bread cubes become soggy.
  • Add the bread cubes. Mix the bread well with the rest of the mixture.
  • On a low to medium flame, saute the bread cubes for 4 to 5 minutes till they become slightly crisp from the edges. 
  • This way there is some crispness in the bread cubes on the edges, along with a soft texture in the center of the cubes.
  • Then add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. 
  • Instead of adding coriander leaves at this step, you can also garnish with them, while serving the bread upma.
  • Mix and serve bread upma hot as a breakfast or as a quick snack.

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84 Comments

  1. Tried this today and it was absolutely delicious.nice way to use leftover bread.just garnished it with crushed roasted peanuts.
    Love this site for the sheer variety it offers.not a single day goes by without referrring to it.my entire meal planning has become so easy now.earlier the problem was what to cook daily,now it is what not to(cook).5 stars

    1. thank you winnie. in fact, i also use the recipes from the blog for meal planning. thanks again for this lovely comment. felt good to read it.

  2. I made this and it was enjoyed by all.
    If Dassana Amit wants to call it upman, then it is alright with me. 🙂

  3. Hi mam, if I skip using asafoetida, the bread upma will be taste? (or)instead of using asafoetida what shall i use..

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