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Bread Upma

This is usually done from a day old bread that remains after making some sandwiches or other bread dishes. In the above picture I haven’t used coriander leaves and coconut, but if you add both or one of them the taste will increase.

4-5 cups bread cut in to small pieces
1/2 cup onions(optional)
2 tbl spns fresh/frozen coconut(optional)
3-4 green chilies
A pinch turmeric (optional)
6-7 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
1/2 tea spn each mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal
1 tea spn sugar (optional)

Heat oil and add mustard, cumin seeds, urad dal. When they start popping add curry leaves and chillies. Add onions and fry till they turn brownish. Add bread pieces and mix well. Add sugar, coconut and salt. Mix well.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 10min

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  • Deepti December 6, 2006, 5:08 pm

    Tried this today for breakfast. Both my husband and me liked it! Good one!

  • Ashu April 7, 2007, 9:51 pm

    Tried it for breakfast yesterday. My husband just loved it :)

  • Sanjana shah May 13, 2007, 8:13 am

    yes totally agree , the coriander gives it a whole new dimension . i like to squeeze a little lime on to it in the end to give it a tangy taste

  • Mahua June 7, 2007, 11:14 am

    Was browsing for recipes and landed on your blog site. Awesome site :) !! Loved this recipe and tried it for breakfast today.

  • Kavita k kamath August 21, 2007, 1:30 pm

    i would like to share this with u, bit of variation in the recipe:
    dissolve salt,sugar in quarter cup buttermilk and mix bread pieces thoroughly n then keep aside. heat oil,add the above things alongwith boiled potato pieces and the ready bread pieces,coriander leaves and mix well.cook for few minutes.

  • Pratibha June 4, 2008, 10:12 am


    I had tried this recipe once before but it came out too dry(i tried without coconut). thought of sprinkling some water but was then didnt do it because i didint want to make a paste upma. any suggestions??


    Shilpa: Cut bread into small pieces. Also, sprinkling a handful of water does not make it a paste. Do not fry for too long after adding bread.

  • anchal August 14, 2008, 9:32 am

    can v add tomatoz.. in the form of puree or sumthing??

    Shilpa: I usually don’t add tomatoes. But you could add if you wish to.

  • Akanksha October 10, 2008, 6:23 pm

    Instead of making pieces of bread, other option is to coarse grind the bread in mixer.

  • anitha January 15, 2009, 8:55 pm

    can ve use whole wheat bread too

    Shilpa: Yes.

  • Anita Kavalekar March 3, 2009, 12:01 pm

    I make it almost the same way too ,with a few variations.
    Don’t add udad dal and mustard but only jeera.
    add a little bit of chilli powder too…..
    to avoid the dryness add 2-3 tablespoons of milk(makes the bread pcs crispier)
    It’s an all time favourite of the family……..

  • Pushkar August 8, 2009, 9:20 pm

    Was searching for a quick and easy recipe for bread upma, and your site was among the first to pop up in a google search. Well, I’ve said this before, sis, but I think it’s worth repeating… Awesome job!!! cheers

  • Jigvesh December 3, 2009, 6:51 pm

    I am sure you have heard this before… but your site is very helpful for the mama’s boys who land up in USA all alone and need to start cooking… :-):-):-)

    My daily dinner preparation routine starts with going to your site to find a simple recipe… :D Fantabulous job Shilpa

  • Sandeep April 6, 2010, 6:29 pm

    I love bread upma! Its my favorite fast food…very easy and can be made very quickly! :)

  • sonali May 30, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I like bread upma very much..as it is very testy and we can easily prepare it without any hesitation……thank you……

  • Namrata August 19, 2011, 9:20 am

    I tried this recipe today …awesome. Just to make it bit healthy, sprinkled wheat bran and instead of coconut used lot of coriander….high fibre …yummy good break fast.
    Shilpa I visit this website many a times, very brilliant breakfast ideas. Thanks.

  • Purnima October 21, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I tried this recipe, It’s yummy, very delicious and my kids loved a lot, I always visit this website. Thanks

  • Poornima KS September 18, 2012, 4:47 am

    My mom used to prepare this recipe.. She used to add smashed boiled potatoes. This never used to be dry.. plz try :-)

  • Sid April 3, 2013, 7:17 am

    Really great recipe, what my mother used to make! Added egg and this borught out more flavours

  • Mansi June 24, 2014, 9:27 pm

    When do you add asafoetida????

    • Shilpa June 28, 2014, 5:23 pm

      Add it in seasoning before adding curry leaves

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