Oct 14, 2010

Healthy Bites for the Lazy Soul: Bread Upma

This is for all the good people who agree with me on how not yummm-tasting at all the crust/edges of the bread slices are - regular store-bought bread, at least!  And I hate the end pieces in the loaf too..always leave those for my husband :D



I recently read somewhere, however, that the crust is very rich in antioxidants and is really healthy.  Why am I not surprised...it's not very tasty - obviously had to be healthy!  I still want to trim the edges off for sandwiches, so here's my compromise - trim the edges BEFORE you make the sandwiches.  Store the cut pieces in an airtight container in the fridge.  Use it to make bread "upma" :D :D

Important Disclaimer:  White bread tastes wayy better than the browner versions.  I am using crusts trimmed away from wholewheat bread - which score the lowest on my personal taste rankings :D Use bread slices, or even white bread crusts, to make this and this will taste much better.  This is NOT a superyummy, yummy, great tasting recipe.  Its just a way to use up/eat healthier portions of the bread which I would otherwise be throwing away.  Oh and I don't cook very well, so please don't roll eyes at my recipe...in real life I would just chop up stuff and throw it all together in the pan.  I just tried to make it look decent here :D

You will need:
Crust from 4 slices of bread +1 slice bread from the end (the brown crust one) - chop this into cubes roughly.  If using bread slices, I guess around 3 slices of bread.  Don't use fresh, soft bread for this EVER.
One small onion - finely or not so finely chopped :D
A few curry leaves - optional, if you don't have it or are clueless as to what it is.
Mustard seeds/Jeera seeds - 1/2 tsp - Don't have these...err...ok skip
Green chili - 1 (I am a baby, I use one, adjust to your taste) - finely chopped or if you are a baby slit lengthwise, is easier to fish out.
Corriander leaves - chopped fine - garnish - again optional
Salt to taste.
Cashews/peanuts - if you want it to look pretty or need to make your hubby feel you made something special (?)
Potato - 1 medium potato - boiled, cut into cubes - I just rough chop/mash and add.
Yogurt - 2 tablespoons

A note on the optionals:  You put these in, the "upma" tastes better.  The more ingredients you skip, the closer you are getting to just eating stale bread and boiled potato.

Method:
  • Heat a bit of oil in a skillet/kadai/some vessel - no, not a tawa.
  • When oil gets a bit hot, add mustard/jeera seeds (if using) - wait for this to go cackle-crackle-sizzle-sputter - shouldn't take much time.
  • Add green chili, cashew/peanut if using, and curry leaves (if using).
  • Saute a bit, and add onions.  Saute for about 3 min, until they go a bit pinkish and translucent.
  • Add the boiled potato, salt to taste, and saute a bit..maybe 5 min.
  • Add the bread pieces, add curd, mix it all up quickly.  Take care not to let the bread get soggy.  Cover and keep on medium heat for about 5 min.
  • Take the lid/cover off, mix again, add corriander for garnish if you want to.
 
Oh and you really should add a bit of turmeric if you do not
want an ugly mess like this one.




That's it.  Done.  Eat. :D :D  Hope it turns out okay if you do decided to give this a try :D :D :D :D

46 comments:

  1. You eating this with orange juice? Me hungry now!!! ..And I thought u'd be baking cake too today. Where are the pics? :P

    ReplyDelete
  2. he he he..and I liked that green cute spoon of yours.. You eat with that? :D

    ReplyDelete
  3. No cake..me po'd with hooman race. Me stuffy nose headache..fought with everyone. Oh and bread upma - healthy healthy..me no like - yaaa orange juice :D :D :D I always have fruit juice one big glass full - mixed veggie juice - orange-carrot. Real Activ.

    ReplyDelete
  4. i make this..kinda acquired recipe from mom..me like it :-)

    ReplyDelete
  5. POORNIMA - you susu anywhere? Why did you ask if I am angry?????

    ReplyDelete
  6. your photography skills are fab :-)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yup cute green spoon..matching matching with the greenie bowl :D

    ReplyDelete
  8. Really????? Good thing then, cos my cooking skill aren't. I just at that thing I made..and lemmmme tell you girls, it looks wayyy better than it tastes :D :D :D :D:D :D

    ReplyDelete
  9. Poornima..me deleted it..cos me no want anyone else to think of the same idea. But you do that okay? And I also go see it there and memorize :D :D :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hehheheee..but don't tell anyone else okay Poornima :D :D :D Now everybody will be like me talking gibberish again..me likeeeeee

    ReplyDelete
  11. :O What are u guys talking about? :| I used to make this bread upma, when I was in hostel! Its been a loooooooooooong time now!! ..

    ReplyDelete
  12. Poornimaaaaaaaaaaaa - Secret :D :D :D

    ReplyDelete
  13. oh ok ok...understood..

    Suddenly I got a shock..what hapnd to moi comment..now I know

    and yeah...ssssshhhh..no telling anyone..LOL

    ReplyDelete
  14. acchha..u read GG's blog?? me too girl..I love the way he writes..and his veg garden is awesome fantabulous na?? me always dream such garden..hehe

    ReplyDelete
  15. RANDOM QUESTION: How does a person go for a "fasting" lunch?????????????????

    ReplyDelete
  16. :D i will mail you a secret!:D:D

    ReplyDelete
  17. FASTTTTLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    ReplyDelete
  18. :D:D done:P dont tell anybody!:P

    ReplyDelete
  19. WHAT DONE? You just sent me a lot of pooo in the mail!!! You cheeeeeeeeee dattteeeeeeeeeeeee girl and then you tell "done..don't tell anyone"

    ReplyDelete
  20. Mum used to make this and I just love it :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. It looks Yumm...I feel like making it right now. You made me hungry Rads.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Aarthi - Mums make everything tasty..sighhhh.

    Shiva - :D :D Tx for dopping by :D

    ReplyDelete
  23. Ikkee posted something..me go see :D

    ReplyDelete
  24. you actually announce this?! you are s cute! :D:P

    ReplyDelete
  25. OH.....good idea...I always throw the side bars away.....upma......wow.....btw....are you sure this is not what made you sick today????

    ReplyDelete
  26. I like the upma. It is nice to lazy people like me.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I also like the photos you have taken

    ReplyDelete
  28. I was thinking of trying this out...now I wont. :((

    ReplyDelete
  29. Rati..Thank you for visiting my blog and appreciating my photos. I like you very much. Thank you. Why do you not want to try the bread upma? It is very healthy recipe and will make you strong and beautiful, but I do not want to force you to cook this. I will try to post better recipes and food next time. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  30. http://www.frontiernet.net/~joe14580/smilie%20doh%20getting%20hit%20with%20a%20mallet.gif

    ReplyDelete
  31. Me back to evil now..you take that hammer and hit your hubby with it :D

    ReplyDelete
  32. I miss bread upma, havnt had it for ages n I suck at cooking :'(

    ReplyDelete
  33. Me too - am much better at eating :D :D

    ReplyDelete
  34. ahahahahaha
    slrrrruuuppp
    i will add tamatar also for tangy taste

    baby....

    ReplyDelete
  35. wicked wives...me also gives last and top slice to hubby
    :(
    u making me feel guilty now pointing it out rads
    whats that accompaniment with the upma u havin?

    ReplyDelete
  36. :D :D oh I have with tomato sauce..and I add dahi na..thats tangy enough for me :D

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oh thats just a glass of orange juice..I drink juice ALL the time :D

    ReplyDelete

Disclaimer: The comments left on the blog/articles are the opinions of those who wrote it and are not to be considered as MY OPINION OR VIEWS. The comments are published in good faith, and I cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, honesty, etc., of the comments. Please use information contained in this blog at your own discretion, and I will not be held responsible for any loss or damages arising because of or while using this blog.