bread upma recipe
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Bread Upma

Bread upma is a quick, easy and tasty upma variety made with bread, onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: breakfasts, snacks
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 2 to 3
Author: Dassana Amit


  • 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


  • 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.