Bread Upma/ Breada Upkari


This is an easy one to prepare if you are looking for a quick fix, healthy dish. This is also a good way to use up the day old bread from the pantry. 

Even though the list of ingredients looks long, most of them are used only as tadka/seasoning. The star of this dish is the seasoning. Bread chunks are then tossed into the seasoning, which then takes up the flavors of the seasoning and along with cooked onions forms a wonderful taste. This can be eaten for breakfast or as a quick snack.



  • 8-10 bread slices ( I used whole wheat, plain bread should be fine too)
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • Cooked Peas, carrots, corn (optional) ( I used frozen vegetables)
  • Shredded coconut(optional)
  • Curry leaves
  • 2-3 slit green chillies
  • Chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1 Tbsp urad daal
  • Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds
  • Salt, Oil, Sugar
  • Turmeric


  • Tear the bread into bite size pieces (If required remove the crust from the bread, I did not remove it). The pieces can be uneven, sprinkle salt, sugar toss well and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile take a wide pan, add oil on medium heat. Put in the tadka ingredients cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves and urad daal.
  • Stir until the urad daal turns light brown in color.
  • Add the chopped onions, green chillies and sauté until the onion turns translucent.
  • Put in the vegetables, turmeric and cook. Add the bread pieces and mix until the tadka has coated properly. Add coconut (optional) and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Cover the lid for a minute. There is no need to cook for a long time.


Serve hot!







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  1. Dee says:

    Rc, quite a tasty one that is… I try to make it whenever I have some bread leftover. What does Upkari mean? I thought the word was reserved for curries ? Can you elaborate ?
    Dee, you are right. The word Upkari is Konkani for dry curries. Since this dish has the base of onion, vegetables (along with tadka) and garnished with coconut this is referred to as Bread Upkari in Konkani.

  2. Deesha says:

    This is such a quick fix isn’t? I often make this on sat as I am at my laziest best …adding frozen veggies is a nice idea

  3. Soma says:

    I never get this right, & i have given up trying. It is either too dry or wet, never the right consistency. A likes this very much so i need to give this another try!

  4. aquadaze says:

    this brought back such memories! This (we called it bread chivda) was the first thing we cooked in school for our home science lessons. I love it!!

  5. Priya says:

    My maami makes the best bread upma and yours looks equally tempting too…I have never succeeded in making proper upma like Soma, so I too have given up..May be I have to try again..

  6. nags says:

    Th doesn’t like this but I still make it on and off, mostly as an evening snack since we have brunch over weekends and are starving by 4!

  7. Jaya Wagle says:

    You brought back my childhood memories. We used to have it for a Sunday snack instead of Kuskara (made with stale rotis) occasionaly.
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  8. Keerthana says:

    That looks so good. We make it too as a sunday snack, usually made by my hubby:) liked the idea of adding shredded coconut. never tried that so far

  9. Shri says:

    Such a simple and tasty dish!We make bread upma by grinding the slices into crumbs and then do it like the regular upma.I love how I can see the bread slices!

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