Monday, 8 October 2012

Bread Upma or Bread Usli

Bread Upma or Bread Usli is an easy to make breakfast dish or evening snack, that can be made in a jiffy.
It can also be packed in lunch boxes. 
I normally make this as an evening snack and sometimes for breakfast. And even pack it in lunch box for my husband and kid. But remember do not use tomatoes if you are packing it for lunch, the end result gets soggy.
The version I made today is a bit South Indian as I am using mustard seeds, urad dal, rasam powder etc like the south Indian Upma.
You could also use Jeera and Garam masala powder to get a North Indian taste.
Either ways this dish tastes great!

Serves 2
Bread - 8 slices 
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp (use whole cumin or Jeera for North Indian version)
Dry red chilly - 1/2
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp (skip this for North Indian taste)
Curry leaves - 4 (skip this for North Indian taste)
Green chillies - chopped - 1
Ginger - sliced - 1/2 inch piece
Onions - Sliced thin - 1
Tomato - chopped - 1 ( Optional and use only when eating immediately - do not use if this is packed in lunch box)
Rasam/Sambhar powder - 1 tsp (Use Garam masala for North Indian taste)
Salt - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Oil/Ghee - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - chopped - 1 tsp

Cut the bread slices into strips and then into small pieces.

Take a heavy bottomed regular pan or non-stick pan.
Keep the pan on low heat, add ghee, when lightly hot, add the mustard, urad dal, dry red chilly, curry leaves and allow to crackle. Now add ginger, green chillies, onions, salt and sugar and fry till onions become translucent and begin to caramelize.
Now add the chopped tomatoes, rasam powder and salt and fry till tomatoes get really soft.
Do not add tomatoes if you are packing this in lunch box.
When the tomatoes are well done and ghee begins to separate, add the bread cubes and fry well until lightly brown.
You could fry them as crispy as you like it.
Now add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
Serve warm!

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