As kids when mum ran out of ideas or when we were bored with the conventional South Indian breakfast ideas, mum would ask my lil bro or me to walk up to the corner shop & get a loaf of bread. You may think it’s for a bread butter/jam breakfast or bread omelette breakfast.. Naa.. It was for yummy breadda upkari (Upkari is stir fry in Konkani).
Those who have been following my blog for a while now will know that I have the Breadda Upkari recipe already on KeliPaan. This is different version, with a twist & a few different ingredients. Was the first time I ever tasted this. Loved it & I knew this has to go up on the blog.
My dad wants his breakfast ready at the breakfast table by 7.15 am. So mum, usually prepares the necessary batter/keeps the necessary ingredients required to fix up breakfast, ready at night before she sleeps. As usual, I was loitering around in the kitchen after dinner helping mum with the kitchen chores before she got down to watching some of her soaps on TV. She was cutting bread pieces into the breadbox as she usually does for breadda upkari & I heard the cooker whistle away. I asked her what was whistling away in the cooker & she was like “potatoes”.. I gave her that surprised look.. “Potatoes??” because breadda upkari did not need potatoes.. & she goes on to say that this one is a different kind of breadda upkari..So, I got really excited.. asked her to wake me up early & told her that I’ll make it under her supervision.. :))
This one is as tasty as the usual breadda upkari that mum makes. You ought to try it.. the mint/pudina gives this dish with a very inviting aroma. I must actually thank my Aunt who passed on this idea to my mum.. Do not laugh at the name of this dish..! I came up with the name since it’s a mix of bread & batata (potatoes).. :))
Tip:Using bread which is a couple of days old is the best way to make breadda upkari. If the bread is too soft & fresh it will absorb all the oil/ghee quickly, which you don’t want.
Ingredients:(Serves 2-3) Preparation Time – 20 mins
Bread loaf – 1
Potato – 1 large, boiled & peeled & cubed
Onion – 1 medium-sized, finely chopped
Urad dal/ Split Bengal gram – 1 tsp
Sambhar powder – 1.5- 2 tsp
Mint leaves – 8-10 leaves, finely chopped
Coriander leaves – 2-3 sprigs, finely chopped
Ghee/clarified butter – 2 tbsp
Curry leaves (Optional) – 1 sprig
Cooking oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Marinate the cooked, cubed potatoes with the sambhar powder & salt & keep it aside. Cut bread slices into 1.5 inch square pieces. Keep aside.
Heat oil & ghee in a deep bottom fry pan. Maintain heat at medium. Throw in the urad dal when the oil & ghee mixture heats up. Fry the dal till golden brown.
Note: If you plan to use curry leaves add them now.
Next throw in the chopped onions & add some salt. Once the onions begin to turn translucent, add the marinated potatoes. Fry till the raw flavours of the sambhar powder fade away.
Next add the cubed bread pieces & fry till the bread pieces absorb the flavors & warm up. Taste & adjust the salt.
Garnish with the chopped coriander & mint leaves
Serve hot. I’m sure this will be a hit with people of all ages, provided they like bread.. 🙂
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