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bread upma - quick, easy and tasty upma made with bread.

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30minutes

bread upma recipe with step by step photos – quick, easy and tasty upma made with bread.

bread upma recipe

i should have shared this bread upma 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 upma for both me and my sis.

i have been making this bread upma recipe for years now. its 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.

if you are looking for more upma varieties then do check:

bread upma recipe
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bread upma recipe

bread upma - quick, easy and tasty upma made with bread.
course breakfasts, snacks
cuisine south indian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
total time 30 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

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

how to make bread upma recipe

preparation for bread upma

  1. chop the bread slices in cubes. keep aside.
  2. finely chop the onions, green chilli, ginger and tomatoes. keep aside.

  3. chop the curry leaves and coriander leaves. keep aside.

making bread upma

  1. heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let them crackle and pop.
  2. then add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. stir and saute till the cumin seeds also crackle and change their color.
  3. add 1/3 cup chopped onion. stir. on a low to medium flame, saute the onions till they turn translucent.
  4. 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.
  5. then add 1/2 cup finely chopped tomatoes. about 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped.
  6. 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.

  7. mix very well. add salt.
  8. 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. 

  9. there should also be no liquids or moisture in the mixture and it should be slightly dry. otherwise the bread cubes become soggy.

  10. add the bread cubes. mix the bread well with the rest of the mixture.
  11. on a low to medium flame, saute the bread cubes for 4 to 5 minutes till they become slightly crisp from the edges. 

  12. this way there is some crispness in the bread cubes on the edges, along with a soft texture in the center of the cubes.

  13. then add 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. 

  14. instead of adding coriander leaves at this step, you can also garnish with them, while serving the bread upma.

  15. mix and serve bread upma hot as a breakfast or as a quick snack.

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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

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. instead of adding coriander leaves at this step, you can also garnish with them, while serving the bread upma.

coriander for bread upma recipe

19. mix.

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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 20 bread snacks recipes.

bread upma

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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76 comments/reviews

  1. superrrr,

  2. Hi- I want to make bread upma as a starter for the party. Does it taste good only if it is hot or can I make it few hours before the party. Please let me know.

    • Archana, it taste good later also.

  3. Hi Dassana,
    Today I prepared bread upma and it really turned out to be good…
    Thanks a ton….

    • Welcome Soumya. Thanks for sharing positive feedback on bread upma recipe.

  4. This is a really awesome dish.I use homemade sambhar powder in place of red chilli powder.
    Thank you so much.

    • Welcome Beena. Glad to know this.

  5. Nice recipe. Please don’t call it upma, I hate suji upma.

  6. And you are very kind….. humble person….?

    • thank you vishnupriya 🙂

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