Sunday, 1 September 2013

Bread Upma

I can say after coming to Germany, bread has become a staple food for us. Early morning with tea it so happens that even if I have a dosa/crepes batter ready Mr. S will be like 'give me bread'. He says 'I'll eat dosas when I come in the evening from office'. I feel it is only in my case. Are there anyone like me? May not all follow same. He says early morning he doesn't feel like eating a plate full of hot dosas or similar heavy breakfast. Rather he prefers either a toast or two or even milk bread or sandwich bread with jam. A land where the bread dominates, it is no surprise seeing varieties of bread available in the market here. Some have exotic fillings, Some are plain yet tasty. I had recently brought big packs of sandwich bread and they had to be cleared up soon. Thought for a while as what to do and hit Google. Vahchef whom I simply adore gave me a brilliant idea through his bread upma video. Hence the post. It was a hit in my family. I bet that instead of preparing this bread upma to clear the pile of bread in the rack you would start to get sandwich bread exclusively to prepare this stuff. Here goes the simple recipe.

Sandwich bread-10-12 slices diced into 1'' pieces
Onion-2 sliced lengthwise
Tomatoes-1 large ripe chopped
Green chillies-3-4 chopped fine
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Udad dal/Split skinned black gram-2 tsp
Ginger-1/4 tsp grated
Cashewnuts-8-10 halved
Oil-2 tbsp.
Water-1/2-3/4 cup
Curry leaves-1 sprig
Coriander leaves/cilantro-2 sprigs chopped
Lemon juice-1 tsp
Salt to taste

  1. In a pan add oil, when hot add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, udad dal and let them splatter.
  2. Now add cashewnuts, sauté till they turn golden brown, then add green chillies and onions.
  3. As the onions turn translucent add turmeric powder and grated ginger and sauté.
  4. Once the raw flavor of turmeric and ginger gratings is gone, add tomatoes and mix.
  5. Cook for a while and add water and salt.
  6. As it comes to boil, add the bread pieces and give a good mix.
  7. On mixing if you feel the mixture is too dry just sprinkle few drops of water on the bread pieces.
  8. Switch off the flame, add lemon juice, mix and then add curry leaves, cilantro and cover the pan. The steam within will make the slices tender and all the flavors will get absorbed. Bread upma is ready to serve.
Click on the pictures below to get idea from pictorial representation

While adding salt be careful, sandwich bread already has some salt in it
Enjoy the dish! n don't forget Eat and Eat little MORE.. :)


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