Jul 26, 2010

Bread Upma

Upma is a hot breakfast food especially in South India. There are umpteen number of variations and it can be had for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner and can be made into a wholesome meal using vegetables. It is versatile and can be made in a jiffy and hence perfect for busy mornings. Although vermicelli/semiya upma is my favorite, I try other versions at times.

I had a loaf of Sprouted 100% Whole Grain bread which i had picked up during my last visit to Trader Joes. Yes, I make it a point to buy something new to try from TJ's! I just love the store! But this time, I knew that bread cannot get any more healthier, since this was sprouted and moreover, 100% whole grain. But we somehow never liked the taste. I did not want the bread to go stale and waste it. So i decided to make bread upma with it. And it turned out really delicious! Will definitely be trying this with other varieties of bread too!

This is my own recipe. It is very forgiving and versatile, so feel free to make any modifications based on choice and availability of ingredients.

Ingredients
Any bread variety - 6 -7 slices (I used the Ezekiel sprouted 100% whole grain variety)
Onion - 1/2 finely diced
Tomato - 1 finely chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
Jeera/cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Green chilly - slit lengthwise
Tomato ketchup - 1 tablespoon
Oil/ghee - 1 teaspoon

Directions
Take the bread in a blender/mixer and pulse it a few times to break the bread into rough pieces. You could also make it into a coarse powder, if you prefer the upma to be like the rava upma consistency. I prefer to have some bite sized pieces of bread.

In a saucepan, heat the oil/ghee. Add the mustard seeds. Once they start spluttering, add the urad dal, jeera, curry leaves, and onion. Saute until the onion turns translucent. Add the tomatoes and green chillies. Add salt to taste. Saute till the tomatoes turn mushy. Finaly add the tomato ketchup and mix well. Switch off the heat.

Add the coarse bread mixture to this prepared sauce and mix thoroughly. Cover the saucepan with a lid and allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes.

Serve warm. Tastes great by itself. Can also be served with any chutney of choice or ketchup.

33 comments:

  1. What a lovely dish and it sounds healthy too.

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  2. Me a big fan of TJ. I haven't tried any of their bread other than whole wheat tuscan..You won't believe I have never had bread upma though it is a very popular dish :) It looks yumm.

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  3. Nice recipe, easy to make and a quick dinner.

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  4. I m ready to have those for breakfast dear...very inviting with lovely presentation.

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  5. Yummy.. luks delicious and nice color.. never tried.. will surely try dis.. thnx 4 sharring

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  6. nice variation on regular upma..i think it will be a good use of left over bread, which i often end up with.. :)

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  7. awesome divya...lovely pics and mouthwatering dish....looks tempting and yum..love this for bf...

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  8. Bread Upma comes in handy when u run out of ideas..Its an easy quick one...Looks good !!!

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  9. Wow! Looks just like rava upma, nice to have this for breakfast.

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  10. Bread upmaluks perfect,my fav.Love the pic.Fast and easy method.Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Sprouted whole grain bread upma is surely very healthy thing .. I never use tomato in this but will try next time.

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  12. Wowwwwwww.. upma look delicious divya.. perfect click !!

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  13. Bread upma sounds a good option when you are pressed for time...Looks good
    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  14. Divya,looks like cracked wheat ravva upma,good variety..

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  15. This looks very healthy and tasty. I too love bread upmas so I will try it out.

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  16. This is totally a different bread upma recipe..looks yumm

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  17. I never tried upma with sprouted bread. I usually do it to finish off the bread in my pantry! Looks like I will have to make a trip to Trader Joe's.

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  18. healthy ..now that you have used the whole grain bread..yumm..

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  19. I love bread upma! my fav and best way to get done with stale bread!

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  20. love bread upma!!looks delicious!!

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  21. My Fav quick fix..looks so delicious..

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  22. This looks amazing. I remember a friend used to carry it to school for break, and it was the first time I tried it, and I loved it. Mom had the toughest time figuring out what I meant, when I kept insisting she make it at home for me :P

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  23. Nice one Divya first time seeing this site and its very interesting :)

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