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Bread Upma / Savory Bread Saute – Instant Pot, Stove Top

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Bread Upma or Savory Bread Saute is a quick and easy Indian breakfast or snack recipe. Bread upma is made using bread, a twist to a classic upma recipe. 
Bread Upma is one of the easiest and quickest breakfast or snack recipe you can make. With much of the ingredients readily available this dish can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Serve it with a cup of tea or coffee and you have a delicious flavor packed breakfast or snack.

 

Bread Upma or Savory Bread Saute is a variation to the classic Indian breakfast recipe upma which is traditionally made with sooji or semolina. Bread upma is made using bread. It is also a great way to use any leftover bread. I love to make bread upma specially when I am running


short on time, this is one of the quick and easy recipes, which is quite filling and satisfying too.

 

 

There are many ways you can make this bread upma, I like to keep mine quite simple. I use just the basic ingredients such as onion, tomatoes, green chili, potatoes, some Indian spices and the soul of this dish some bread. I prefer white bread since it is less sweet in taste. You can use bread of your choice, such as whole wheat bread, baguette, dinner rolls, just make sure the bread you choose is not very sweet, since this is mainly a savory dish.  Vegetables of choice such as peas, carrots may also be added for more nutritional meal. Bread upma may be seasoned using cumin seeds, mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida for an additional flavor. Roasted peanuts may be added at the end for that extra crunch.

 

How to cook Bread Upma in Instant Pot?

Preparing Bread Upma in Instant Pot is a very quick and a easy way of cooking this dish without compromising on its taste or flavors. Turn on Instant Pot on a saute mode(high), add oil, when oil is hot, add onion, saute for a 1-2 mins. Now add potatoes, tomatoes, green chili, Indian spices – turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt to taste. Saute for 2-3 mins. Add water, close IP, vent sealed. Turn on manual/pressure cook mode (high) for “1” mins.  (“ONE” mins is not a typo!). Let pressure release naturally, around 5 mins.  Turn on saute mode (high), bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Turn off Instant Pot. Add bread pieces, mix gently. Let the bread soak the flavors for 2-3 mins. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

    • What type of bread to use?I prefer white bread for this recipe, since it is less sweet and as this dish is a savory dish, it blends in well. Some other breads that are a great alternative are baguette, dinner rolls or pav, mainly chose a bread that is least sweet, as this is a savory dish.
    • What vegetables may be added? Vegetables such as potatoes, peas, carrots, bell peppers may be added for an extra nutritional value.



  • What tempering can I add? Cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, may be used in this recipe.
  • The consistency of bread upma depends on a personal preference. Some like it moist but not mushy, while others like it little dry and crisp. Depending upon how you like your dish, add water to the gravy.
  • Since bread upma gets all its flavors from the gravy, make sure to season the gravy well before adding the bread pieces.
  • Add the bread pieces once the heat is completely turned off. The bread will soak up all the flavors from the gravy. Overcooking the bread will end up in a mushy bread upma.
  • Once you add the bread pieces, mix gently. Let bread absorb all the flavors from the gravy, before serving it.
  • Lemon juice may be added for a tangy flavor.
  • Roasted peanuts may be added for an extra crunch.

 

 



Bread Upma / Savory Bread Saute - Instant Pot, Stove Top

Bread Upma or Savory Bread Saute is a quick and easy Indian breakfast or snack recipe. Bread upma is made using bread, a twist to a classic umpa recipe. 
Course Breakfast, snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

  • 10 slices white bread cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium potato chopped
  • 2 small tomato chopped
  • 1 green chili optional
  • 2 TBSP oil
  • 1 TSP turmeric powder
  • 1/2 TSP red chili powder as per taste
  • 3/4 - 1 cup water check recipe notes
  • salt to taste

For garnish:

  • Handful of fresh cilantro

Instructions

Instructions for Instant Pot Cooking:

  • Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode (high).
  • When it displays "HOT", add oil, onion, saute for 1-2 mins.
  • Add potatoes, tomatoes, green chili, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt to taste. Saute for 2-3 mins
  • Add water. De-glaze the pot. Turn off Instant Pot. Close the IP lid, vent sealed.
  • Turn on Manual/Pressure cook mode (high), "1" mins.
  • Note: Cook time "ONE" min is not a typo!! Check recipe notes for details.
  • Let pressure release naturally, around 5 mins. Open the IP lid.
  • Turn on saute mode (high).
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Turn off IP.
  • Add bread pieces. Mix gently. Let the bread soak the flavors for 2-3 mins before serving.
  • Garnish with some fresh cilantro and serve hot. Enjoy!!

Instructions for Stove Top Cooking:

  • On a high heat, in a pot, add oil, onion, saute for 1-2 mins.
  • Add potatoes, tomatoes, green chili, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt to taste. Saute for 2-3 mins.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until potatoes are completely cooked. Mix occasionally.
  • Add water. De-glaze the pot.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off heat.
  • Add bread pieces. Mix gently. Let the bread soak the flavors for 2-3 mins before serving.
  • Garnish with some fresh cilantro and serve hot. Enjoy!!

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Notes

1. If you like the consistency of bread upma to be moist but not mushy, add around 1 cup of water. For more dry bread upma, use only 3/4 cup or even less water.
2. For Instant Pot, cooking time is only "1" mins since, I have chopped potatoes into small pieces. Depending upon the size of the potatoes adjust the pressure cook time.
3. Tips and Tricks-checkout the discussion earlier in the post. 



Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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