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5 from 2 votes

Bread Upma

A classic Indian breakfast/snack made with bread pieces cooked with sizzling mustard seeds, hing, turmeric, curry leaves, green chilies, and onions. A pinch of sugar, squeeze of lemon, and sprinkle of fresh cilantro for a cozy warm dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 270kcal


  • 8 slices hearty white bread see notes
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • teaspoon hing
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 2 green chilies slit lengthwise
  • 1 laqrge yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • ½ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional


  • Cut the bread slices into 1-inch pieces and reserve.
  • In a large wok or pan heat oil. Once the oil is shimmering hot add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Lower the heat and add hing, turmeric, curry leaves, and green chilies. Give a quick stir.
  • Add diced onion and salt. Mix well and cook covered on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions become soft and translucent.
  • Add cubed bread and sugar. Mix well. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water and cook covered on low heat for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and garnish with cilantro.



I recommend Arnold country white bread that is a few days old
  1. Bread Upma can be fortified with veggies like tomatoes, carrots, and green peas. You can add any of these veggies once the onions are sauteed and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the bread pieces.
  2. Peanuts or cashews are another classic addition that gives a really awesome crunch and heaps of plant-based protein! Add them along with curry leaves and green chilies. 


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 904mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 328IU | Vitamin C: 111mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 3mg
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