Bread Upma (A bread-based savoury dish)

Bread Upma (A bread-based savoury dish)

This is one of the easiest dishes to make for a lazy weekend breakfast or for a quick-fix weeknight dinner.

This super easy upma is my go-to dish when a pack of bread is nearing the end of its shelf life. It is also a good way to use up things when you’re clearing your pantry and fridge.

Bread upma can be made with any veggies of your choice; I’ve kept it pretty basic as I did not restock my fridge.


  • Bread slices – 7
  • Onion- 1, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 1, deseeded, finely chopped
  • Capsicum – 1/4, deseeded and chopped
  • Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
  • Ginger – a small piece, peeled and finely chopped
  • Green chillies – 2, deseeded and chopped
  • Chopped coriander leaves – 1 tblspn
  • Chaat masala – 1/2 tspn
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tspn
  • Chilli powder – 1 tspn
  • Garam masala – 1 tspn
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tspn
  • Oil – 2 tspns
  • Asafoetida – 1 pinch
  • Water – To soften the vegetables
  • Lemon juice – 1 tblspn
  • Salt – To taste
  • Sev (optional)


  1. Cut bread into small cubes, and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet, and add mustard seeds. Let it splutter. Add asafoetida.
  3. Toss in the ginger and garlic pieces. Sauté till the raw smell of ginger and garlic is gone.
  4. Add the green chillies & chopped onion, and cook till onions turns soft.
  5. Once cooked, add the chopped tomatoes. Mix well and cook for a minute.
  6. To the mixture, add the dry spices except salt.
  7. Mix to combine the ingredients. Sprinkle a little water to let the tomatoes turn slightly mushy.
  8. Once the tomatoes have turned soft and mushy, add the capsicum pieces.
  9. Add salt.
  10. Mix everything well. Sprinkle a little more water, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. After the said time, add the bread pieces.
  12. Give it a good mix and ensure the bread is coated in the cooked veggies.
  13. Allow this to cook for another minute.
  14. Turn the stove off.
  15. Pour the lemon juice over the upma and sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves.
  16. Serve hot, topped with some sev.


  1. Use any type of bread. I have used multigrain bread slices.
  2. I have used red capsicum, use green, yellow or a mix of 3 capsicums.
  3. Use veggies of your choice to make the upma more nutritious.
  4. The same goes with spices; add or omit spices depending on your preference.

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