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.
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.
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.
Ensure 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.