We often have slices of bread lying unused in our kitchen, wherein we are clueless about what to do with them. I do make a variety of sandwiches, but apart from that, I don’t really know any good bread-based recipes. So, when we grow tired of sandwiches, the remainder of the bread usually sits around till it gathers mold (sad, I know!) and has to be thrown out. I wanted this to change, and as a conscious step in this direction, looked up some bread recipes on the internet. I have quite a list now, bookmarked, ready and waiting to be tried out.
Today, I made bread crumbs upma for breakfast, taking the cue from this recipe. I made a few, minor changes to the original recipe. The result was lovely; it is definitely something that is going to be produced often in my kitchen.
Ingredients (makes enough for 2, as a snack/light breakfast):
8 slices of bread (I used brown bread)
Salt, to taste
3 green chillies (slit length-wise)
Red chilli powder, to taste
A few curry leaves
2 medium-sized onions
A handful of shelled green peas
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
A pinch of asafoetida
1. Roughly shred the bread slices into pieces, using your hands. Now, pulse the bread pieces in a mixer till you get fine crumbs. Keep aside.
2. Chop the onions length-wise. Keep aside.
3. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Add the mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add the asafoetida.
4. Add the onions and saute till they are cooked, ensuring that they do not burn.
5. Now, add the green peas. Saute for a minute or two.
6. Lower the flame of the gas and add the bread crumbs, slit green chillies, curry leaves, salt and red chilli powder to taste, and turmeric powder. Mix well.
7. Stirring constantly, let the upma cook for 2-3 minutes on a low flame.