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Bread Upma/ Bite sized bread pieces tossed in some sweet & spicy flavoured onions

Many of you would have eaten this or would know how to prepare this. But for those who don’t here is a yummy recipe for breakfast. I’m not a big fan of bread, but love bread in this form. I had to post this, as I’m living in a country where is bread is staple food for all. I’m the Idli/dosa/vada/pongal/upma breakfast person. As a kid I always found bread-butter-jam very boring. I loved something hot on my plate for breakfast.

Bread Upma/ Bite sized bread pieces tossed in some sweet & spicy flavoured onions

This is the breakfast mum used to prepare when she was bored preparing dosa/idli’s/upma’s. My brother can eat an entire loaf of bread prepared this way. It’s been a year since I saw him or my parents. When I saw half a loaf of bread in the pantry I thought I’ll prepare this. It will surely bring a smile on my brothers face when I post this. He loved anything with a little sweet in it for breakfast. I liked it cos it was sweet & spicy..

This is popularly called breadda Upkari in Konkani.. I used wheat bread to prepare this. Also added a pinch of turmeric to make it colourful, you can skip this. The best part about this dish is that it tastes good even when its cold. So you can pack this non messy dish as a snack to carry anywhere. The ingredients required are very basic, found in almost any pantry.

Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time: 15 mins
Bread – Half of a medium-sized loaf or approximately 8 slices, if you plan to remove the crust then add another 2 slices. I used the crust.
Cooking oil – 1/2 tbsp
Onion – 1 large-sized, chopped
Turmeric powder – a pinch, this is optional. I added it for colour. Mum doesn’t use this.
Salt to taste
For the paste:
Green chilli’s – 4
Coriander leaves – 10 sprigs
Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp
Jaggery – a thumb sized piece

Heat oil in a deep bottom frying pan. Set the heat to medium. Add the onions when the oil is hot. Add a pinch of salt to accelerate the onion frying process. Add a pinch of turmeric powder if you wish to. Additionally you can add a few curry leaves too. I ran out of them, hence did not add some. You need to fry the onions till they begin to turn golden brown.

While keeping a close eye on the onions, roughly chop the ingredients for the paste. Turn them all into a paste using a pestle as shown.

The paste...

If you preparing more servings you can coarse grind it using a food processor. Since I was prepping just 2 servings I used a pestle.
Make sure you are tossing the frying onions in between so that they don’t turn black.

Tip: If you want a small twist, you can add a few mint leaves while preparing the paste.

Once the onions are golden brown, add the freshly prepared paste of coriander leaves, cumin, green chilli’s & jaggery. Add about 30 ml water to the mortar & take off any paste sticking to it. Add this water to the pan. Fry this paste along with the onions for about a minute. Add salt to taste. Now add the bread pieces & mix well. Make sure each piece has some coating of the paste. Now fry the bread for a minute or two. You can fry for longer if you want the bread slightly toasted.

Garnish with some finely chopped coriander leaves if you want to.

Garnish with some chopped coriander...

Serving suggestions:
Serve hot/cold as you wish.

Bread Upma/ Bite sized bread pieces tossed in some sweet & spicy flavoured onions..If you liked this recipe, you may also like – Egg Stumbler/ Spicy scrambled eggs tossed with bite size bread pieces, Chilly Kothu Parota/Bite sized Paratha pieces tossed in a hot & spicy sauceSpring Onion Semiya Upma etc.

14 thoughts on “Bread Upma/ Bite sized bread pieces tossed in some sweet & spicy flavoured onions

  1. Yummiest breakfast I’ve had in a long time… and so easy to make! I got a 9/10 from my husband and brother for this one. Apparently, I lost a point for not making more of it!


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