Bread upma is a really quick and easy dish which you serve it for breakfast or evening snack. Soft bread soaks up all the juices of masala and tastes yummy. You can use pretty much all veggies available ( carrot, peas, capsicum). Most of our weekday breakfast’s are cereal, bread, waffle , bagel the list goes on…… while most of the weekend breakfast/brunch are idly, dosa, upma kind of stuff….. last week I was at whole foods and I picked up loaf of freshly baked bread ( I love whole foods bread) I totally forgot that I had bread at home . The best way to use it all was UPMA!!.
1/2 loaf white bread (6-8 slices)
Cut the bread pieces into small cubes and keep aside. You can remove the sides if you want to.
1 onion ( finely diced)
1 tomato ( finely chopped)
3-4 green chilles ( as per your taste)
1″ inch ginger finely grated (opt)
3-4 curry leaves
fistful of coriander leaves finely chopped for garnish
juice of 1/2 lemon/lime (optional)
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp oil to cook
Big pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp channa dal
1/2 tsp urad dal
1/4th tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp cashew nuts
Heat oil in a pan on medium heat add urad dal, channa dal, cahsewnuts and fry them until light brown add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Now add curry leaves, green chillies , grated ginger, onions and saute til the onions translucent. now add turmeric chopped tomatoes and salt cover the pan with lid and let the mixture cook for 4-5 minutes or till the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. Now add the cubed bread pieces lightly sprinkle some water and gently mix add toghter (until all incorporated). Adjust the seasoning and turn off the heat. Add the lemon juice and mix lightly garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Do not use milk bread, potato bread it turns the dish sweet. White bread or light wheat bread works well for this dish.