Bread Upma

Bread Upma

Upma is a dish from the Indian subcontinent, most common in South Indian, Maharashtrian, and Sri Lankan Tamil breakfast.

Bread Upma is a very simple, easy to make and a tasty snack which can also be served in a breakfast or as an evening snacks. It is normally made with the white bread and it goes very well with Indian Tea (Chai).

I firstly had this snack in Pune where I started my first job and I liked it a lot. My husband and me, we started job together, at that time we were colleagues. Once after marriage I told him that I like bread upma a lot and want to have it. He tried and it came out super delicious and this is how I learned this from my husband.

He is a great, an amazing cook. I just love everything he cooks. We both are foodies and tried many dishes together.

My family also liked this snack a lot and we normally cook this in breakfast on weekends. Now it's added in our breakfast list.

  Recipe Servings: 2
  Cooking time: 20 Minutes


  • White Bread - 4 big slices
  • Onion (finely diced into slices) - 1 medium
  • Peanuts – 1/4 cup
  • Green Peas or Frozen Peas - 1/4 cup
  • Garlic (finely chopped) - 3-4 cloves
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) - 1-2
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 7-8 (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 1 tbsp


  • Chop the bread slices into small cubes. Keep them aside for later use.

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan on a medium flame. Add peanuts into it and sauté them till they start to crackle. Stir occasionally so that they will not burn.

  • Now add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, finely chopped green chillies and curry leaves. Curry leaves are optional and you may use dried curry leaves or the fresh ones. Let them crackle.

  • Then add finely sliced onions into it. Cook them till they become translucent. Stir occasionally.

  • Now add green peas, you may use either frozen or fresh peas. Let them cook for 5 minutes on a medium flame. Stir in between.

  • Then add finely chopped garlic and cook for approximately another 2 minutes.

  • Add turmeric powder and salt to taste into it. Keep in mind that bread also has a little salt into it so add salt accordingly. Mix them well.

  • Now add already chopped bread pieces and mix well again.

  • Cook them for around 5 minutes, till bread turns into light brown and crispy. Stir in between.

  • Bread Upma is ready to eat. Serve it hot with Indian Tea (Chai).

  • Enjoy.