Bread Upma

Bread Upma

I used to end up going to my grandparent’s house every weekend during my schooldays. My grandmother cooks excellent food and all she loved doing was making me eat what she cooked no matter how stuffed I was. I guess food is one of the main way grandparents show their love. One of my favorite breakfast dishes my grandmother cooked was Bread Upma and I used to ask her to make it often. I love the idea of using bread in an Indian dish as a main ingredient. Makes it sound interesting.  I feel nostalgic each time I cook this dish. So here’s the recipe for Bread Upma, my childhood favorite.

Bread Upma


  • 5 slices Bread roughly cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 6 Cashews split into half
  • 7-8 Curry Leaves
  • ¼ tsp. Asafetida
  • 1 tsp. Split Black Gram (skinless)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Onion
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • ¾ tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp. chopped Coriander Leaves
  • Some water to sprinkle


  • Heat Oil in a Pan.
  • Add Mustard Seeds, Split Black Gram and Cumin Seeds and allow them to crackle.
  • Add Cashews and toss until golden brown.
  • Add Asafetida and Curry Leaves.
  • Add the chopped Onion and cook until it turns soft.
  • Add the Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder and Salt.
  • Now add the Bread cubes and sprinkle a few drops of water using your hand.
  • Mix well gently and keep tossing for 3-4 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the chopped Coriander Leaves and give a gently toss.

16 thoughts on “Bread Upma

    • Asafetida is called ‘Hing’ in hindi. It’s known for it’s digestive property. You could easily find it in an Indian Grocery Store. How ever you could skip using Asafetida in this recipe. Won’t make a big difference :)

  1. I have no idea what Upma means, but looking at the ingredients, I am sure it tastes very nice. Thank you for sharing and yes, Grandmothers show their love through food! I agree with you completely!

  2. There is nothing like nani ma’s love in the world! Even mine would make sure I am all stuffed with goodies. Coming to the bread-upma, love the simple recipe and yet so tasty!

  3. Hey Priya…adding seasame seeds along with the mustard seeds…and then adding tomatoes over the onions..a dash of lemon juice over the breads slices….try it once !

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