Monday, August 31, 2015

Bread Upma


At times, I am this over ambitious person when it comes to meal planning for the week.  And I miserably fail every time when it comes to breakfast. Most of the times, my Plan A would be some elaborate menu which outright-ly screams ‘FAILURE’. But knowing me better, I keep my Plan B, Plan C… Plan Z ready with Plan B – having a loaf of bread handy so I can make a quick toast or a sandwich. But more often than not, I will be forced to Plan Z almost every day – fruits! Come on, I told you I am a total failure with breakfasts. And then I get those angry glares from the bread loaf making me as guilty as possible.

Enough of failure stories. It’s time to brag a success story! It was one of those ‘The bread glares till I die of guilt’ days. And I knew how exactly to deal with them. I made this Bread Upma for evening snacks that used up the entire loaf. Yes, finally done with them all at once and they can never be happier as they cannot be any tastier.

It came out absolutely delicious if I can say so myself. Husband and I loved every bite of it. Give this recipe a try and I am sure you will not be disappointed.



Ingredients:

1. Bread - I used one loaf of bread completely. You can use as much as you want.
2. Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
3. Urad Dhal - 1 tsp
4. Channa Dhal - 1 tsp
5. Onion - 1 large
6. Tomato - 2 medium
7. Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
8. Sambar Powder - 1 tsp (Homemade Recipe here)
9. Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste)
10. Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
11 Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
12. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
13. Salt - as required
14. Oil/Ghee 
15. Lemon juice- optional
16. Cilantro - for garnish

Preparation:

1. Cut bread slices to squares or roughly tear them to smaller pieces.
2. Slice onions lengthwise.
3. Chop the tomatoes roughly.
4. Heat some oil/ghee in a pan and roast the pieces of bread to golden brown.
5. Transfer the roasted bread pieces to a plate.

Method:

1. Heat some oil/ghee in a pan.
2. Add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
3. Add Channa Dhal and give it a 30 seconds head start.
4. Add Urad Dhal and fry the lentils until golden brown.
5. Add Onions and fry until transparent.
6. Add Ginger Garlic paste and saute for 30 seconds until the raw smell goes.
7. Add the chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, sambar powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt  and give it  a good mix.
8. Cook the tomatoes until soft and all the masala is absorbed.
9. Toss the roasted bread pieces and mix well to make sure the masala is evenly coated on all the bread pieces. 
10. Squeeze some lemon juice and garnish with cilantro.
11. Serve Hot.




Tips:

The ingredients listed are just to give you the basic idea. You can adjust it to your taste.

Removing the brown ends of the bread is optional although I removed it

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