Bread Upma (Bread Usli, Bread Upakari/Phan)

Bread Upma (Bread Usli, Bread Upakari/Phan)

Leftover bread at home? Here's a quick and easy recipe to empty any leftover, stale bread. It's called bread usli, bread upakari, bread phaan in Konkani.

A nice breakfast, tea time snack which is made by tossing in bite sized bread pieces along caramelized onions & a flavourful seasoning. A basic seasoning of chillies (fresh green ones and dried red ones) along with mustard, curry leaves and urad dal imparts an awesome taste to stale bread pieces & make bread pieces soft in the process. Caramelized onions & fresh grated coconut add in the required sweetness.

A quick and easy recipe to empty any leftover bread that has been on the shelf for few days and is about to expire the next day. At home any stale bread (bread gets a little hard in 2 to 3 days) is usually emptied by preparing bread upma. 

Upakari means stir fry in konkani. Anything seasoned is called usli in konkani. Phan refers to seasoning in konkani. Hence, the name breadda upakari/usli/phan in konkani.

Upma prepared with sweet bread takes awesome, the sweetness of the bread contrasts with the spiciness of the seasoning. This tea time snack gets ready in minutes.

P.S: Use brown bread or whole wheat bread for a healthy twist.


Bread 4-6 slices
1 big onion
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
3-4 tablespoons of oil
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
2 leaflets of curry leaves
1-2 green chilli
1 dried red chilli
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons of grated coconut (optional)
A pinch of turmeric

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Preparation Method:

Cut bread into bite sized pieces with or without the crust. You can cut them into cubes or just shred them unequally into bite sized pieces with your hands. 

Add salt uniformly on the bread pieces and mix well.

Slice onion into thin slices as possible.

Heat a wok, add oil, mustard seeds.

When they start popping add urad dal, slit green chilli, dried red chilli cut into pices and fry until the urad dal starts to brown. 

Add curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.

Now add sliced onion, a little salt to fasten its cooking process and saute until they turn translucent and start to brown.

Now add turmeric and mix well.

Then add bread pieces and mix well.

Simmer for few minutes. Check and adjust salt.

Add grated coconut and mix well. 

Remove off heat and serve hot.


Other Tea Time Snacks:

Idli RoastIdli Phaan

Find more Udupi, Mangalorean tea time snack recipes here.

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