Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bread Upma

Upma is probably one of the easiest and quickest south-indian breakfast/dinner variety. One of my favorites,  bread upma, brings back childhood memories of my snack-time during evenings after school. Although it is an easy recipe, the bread being the star of the recipe needs to be the right pick. The chosen bread (any variety of your choice) shouldn't be too soft (makes it mushy) nor too firm (makes it hard to chew on). If you have soft bread, stick it in the refrigerator for couple days until it firms up a bit and then use it in the recipe.All you need is some bread (with the rest of the ingredients from your pantry) and you can have a simple dish in no time!!

Ingredients:

20-25 slices of bread (I used a mix of whole wheat & white bread), cut into small cubes (approx. 4-5 cups)
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp urad dhal
2 tbsp channa dhal (optional)
2 tbsp mustard seeds
2-3 tsp chilli powder (adjust to taste)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp tamarind paste (adjust to taste)
Salt, to taste
6-7 tbsp oil
1/4 cup  fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Method:


Cut the bread slice into small cubes and set aside.


In a pan, heat oil, add mustard seeds, urad dhal, channa dhal and curry leaves. 



Once the mustard seeds splutter, add onions and little salt (to cook the onions faster). Saut√© the onions until they turn slightly soft. 


Add tomatoes and fry well till it gets pulpy. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt. Stir well.


Add tamarind paste (or lemon juice before adding cilantro) and 1/4-1/2 cup water and cook until the raw smell fades away.


 Add bread cubes and toss well. 


Add chopped cilantro and mix well. 


Serve hot.

For a variation, you can add some mixed veggies or boiled potato and make it more wholesome.



Makes 4-5 servings.

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