Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Whole Wheat Bread Upma with Flax

Upma is a type of seasoned savory snack/breakfast/tiffin item from south Indian cuisine usually made with semolina and some vegetables. Just like other dishes there are many variations of upma, made with different ingredients. One such variation is bread upma. Bread upma is a great way to use up leftover bread and is one of the simplest and most basic dishes that can be prepared in a jiffy.

There are many variations to bread upma too......... this recipe here, is just my take on this dish. I have been making bread upma in more or less the same manner for quite a while now. The only change is that recently I started adding flax meal to it. I find that flax meal blends surprisingly well in this and is a nice way to sneak in a little extra omega 3 in our diet.......


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Ingredients and Method to make wheat bread upma
Half of a loaf of day old or a little older whole wheat bread broken into small pieces (I used this bread) (see notes)
1 tbsp oil
3/4 tsp mustard seeds
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
3 Thai or Indian variety green chilies cut very fine (or to taste)
1 large onion cut fine
salt to taste (very little, since bread already has some salt in it)
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp flax meal (powdered flax seeds/alsi/ ali virai)
1/4 cup or less water (see below)
1/2 tsp red chili powder or cayenne powder (or to taste) (optional)

Make small pieces of half a loaf of day old or 2 day old bread and keep aside

Heat oil in a heavy pan, add mustard seeds. When the seeds begin to splutter, add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds begin to sizzle add green chilies and stir a few times. Then add onions and saute until the onions turn tranparent.
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Add turmeric powder and the bread pieces and mix well. Add flax meal, salt to taste, red chili powder if using and mix well again. Add a little water if the bread is too dry. Add just one tablespoon at a time and mix well. The upma should not be very moist and mushy, it needs to be just a little moist but mostly dry.

Serve hot with ketchup/ sauce or chutney. Serves approximately 2 to 3 

Breads like ciabatta / sourdough/ multi grain work great for this upma. Avoid using breads that are sweetish because it doesn't work well in this savory dish.
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