Bread upma recipe- south Indian style recipe

Bread Upma Recipe: Easy To Make South Indian Style Recipe

Easy, Quick and Tasty Breakfast Recipe

Bread Upma is a healthy and a tasty recipe influenced from the South Indian dish named Upma. Who on earth could have imagined combining bread with the Indian spices, but if Paneer Dim sums and Cheese Kachoris can exist, then why not a simple and a healthy Bread Upma? 🙂 Well, that’s the magic and creativity of fusion cooking. I was introduced to this recipe in my childhood by my lovely sister as a quick evening snack or a tasty breakfast. I started preparing this dish only when I moved abroad and was done with the pastas and sandwiches as breakfast. Now it’s a much loved snack for times when I’m too busy or lazy to make a full-fledged Indian dish. This recipe is also a great way to utilize the excess bread lying in our pantry. It’s so light on the stomach and yet so satisfying to eat, definitely a must try recipe.

Time needed: 10 minutes for preparation + 10 min for cooking
Cuisine: Fusion, South Indian
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Snacks
Servings: 2

Ingredients for Bread Upma
Ingredients for Bread Upma
  • 3-4 bread slices- sliced in cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil/ rapeseed oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard (rai) seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (heeng)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 green chilli– finely chopped
  • 5-6 fresh curry leaves / 8-10 dried curry leaves
  • 1 medium sized onion- chopped into cubes
  • 1-2 medium sized tomatoes- chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup- optional
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves- optional
  • Salt to taste


  • Chop the bread slices, tomato, and onion in cubes and keep aside.
  • Finely chop the green chilli, curry leaves and coriander leaves and keep aside.
Bread Upma Preparation
Bread Upma Preparation
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Now add asafoetida, followed by the chopped onions. Saute the onions on medium flame till they change the color slightly.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, curry leaves and green chilli to the pan and mix well.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to the mixture and sauté till the mixture softens a bit.
Bread Upma Preparation
Bread Upma Preparation
  • Now add a tablespoon of tomato ketchup for that tangy flavor and let the mixture cook and dry a bit.
  • Add the bread cubes once all the water content has been absorbed by the mixture else it would become soggy.
  • Mix the bread with the spices and veggies to let it coat all the cubes evenly. Stir fry the mixture so as not to break the bread cubes.
  • Now turn off the flame and garnish the dish with some chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve the bread upma hot as a breakfast with some masala tea.


  • Replace white bread with brown as a healthy alternative.
  • I like to retain the crunchiness and fresh flavor of the veggies by not overcooking them. But if you prefer the dish to be softer, you can remove the sides of the bread and cook the veggies a bit longer.
  • You can skip adding tomato ketchup and instead add lemon in the end for a different flavor.

If you like the recipe, share it with your friends or let me know in the comments below. I would also like to share the final picture of the dish with the thought of the day :

Bread upma meme

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