Bread Upma

Bread Upma,Breakfast, Eggless Breakfast, Brekki

Bread is a quintessential part of almost every family’s grocery run in today’s times. In my growing up years in Mumbai, us kids would wait for Dad and my uncles to bring home Sliced bread or Kadak Pav from our local bakery, once every couple of weeks. Chapatti or Roti being the main flat bread made and eaten at home, bread was almost a special grocery item for us kids. This fresh bread would either be made into Bombay Sandwich or eaten with Mumbai Style Omelette. ( Recipe blogged here)

If there was left over bread, my grand-mum would turn it into a crispy and spicy stir fry of sorts which she called Bread Upma or Bread Sheera. The spicy and tangy taste gives the bread a burst of flavor. Whenever I have bread that is a few days old, I love to turn it into Bread Upma. This is a Vegan,Vegetarian, Nut free recipe. You can make it Gluten free by using Gluten free Bread. Here is Mumbai 2 Melbourne’s recipe for Bread Upma.

Bread Upma,Breakfast, Eggless Breakfast, Brekki

Ingredients needed are:

♥ Onion- 1 finely chopped 

♥ Bread Slices – 6 to 8

♥ Green Chilly – 2 chopped

♥ Turmeric powder- 1 pinch

♥ Asafoetida- 1 inch

♥ Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

♥ Vegetable oil- 1 tablespoon

♥ Curry Leaves – a few

♥ Red Chilli Powder – 1/4th teaspoon

♥ Sugar – 1 pinch

♥ Lemon Juice – 1 teaspoon

Method of Preparation:

Always use bread that is few days old. Dice bread slices into equal sized cubes. Keep the edges of the bread on. These get crispy and add to the texture of the Upma. Finely chop the onion and green chillies. Take a wok, add oil and once hot add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter add hing and turmeric powder and add the green chillies and onions. Keep stirring till the onions turn pink. Next add the red chilli powder and lemon juice and pinch of sugar.

Bread Upma,Breakfast, Eggless Breakfast, Brekki

Lastly add the cubed bread pieces and increase the flame to high and give it a mix for a few seconds till nicely incorporated with the onion mixture. Add salt to taste and finely chopped coriander. Serve hot immediately with some filter coffee or Indian Masala tea.

Bread Upma,Breakfast, Eggless Breakfast, BrekkiEnsure you keep the flame on high when you add the bread and mix lightly to avoid breaking the bread pieces and also ensuring they do not get soggy. Your Bread Upma is now ready. Enjoy it for Breakfast or a leisurely Sunday Brunch. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe post. Definitely try this one and leave me your feedback in the comments below. 

Bread Upma,Breakfast, Eggless Breakfast, Brekki




  1. That’s a quick and easy recipes.. my mom also makes the same one but with a different twist.. I shall try this recipe soon and share my version of it also.. thanks for sharing

  2. This looks really delicious. I make similar bread upma but with vegetables to add more colour. I will try your recipe next time.

  3. I have never tried such dish. The best companion of masala chai! Will cook at home this weekend. Here in India, its monsoon now, so perfect snack for a rainy evening!

  4. Hey I often make bread upma ever since i read this post sometime back. My MIL is a master cook but when it comes to me I have to learn everything from scratch and your posts help.

  5. Bread Upma was by far my favourite snack to have! You made me nostalgic with those pics. I only wonder how could you cut them in such perfect shape

  6. I love bread upma. I usually eat when I am in hurry and have bread at home it’s easy to make and tastes yummy

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