March 7, 2012

Low cal Bread Upma | Healthy breakfast option

How many times have those 4 -5 slices of bread been left over in your pantry ? Too bored to make a sandwich? Of course you can make them into these yummy home baked croutons, but you can't have croutons for breakfast, right? Why not try this super simple and yummy Bread upma with veggies. It not only clears your bread box, but also fills up enough fibre for a good breakfast. Team it up with a smoothie or a sugar free mocktail, and you are all ready to face the day ahead !! 

What's more, you can add any veggies of your choice or even Sprouts like this Sprouts Bread Upma. Serve it with a little tomato ketchup for kids, and you have a winner on hand. Of course, any upma (or savoury pudding) tastes better with substantial oil, but this a low cal / low fat version and is pleased to satisfy your palate while keeping your heart ticking :) 

In this time of Lockdown especially, this dish makes sense as bread is easily available, and leftover bread can be used to rustle this in under 15 mins. I have used brown bread, but you can 
use any variety you prefer. 

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Prep time – 10 mins
Cook time – 15 mins
Serves  - 2

  • Bread slices – 6 to 8 (I used brown bread, but you may use white too)
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Blanched veggies – ½ cup (optional, I didn't add)
  • Tomato - 1 medium
  • Onions – 1 large – minced fine
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tempering : Mustard seeds, Urad dal, green chillies (2),curry leaves
  • Turmeric – a dash
  • Sugar – ½ tsp (optional)
  • Garnish – coriander leaves and lemon juice (1/2 tsp)

Check the Youtube video embedded here.

Update 2020: This recipe has been updated as part of the Foodies_Redo Challenge 


  1. nice upma kalyani. i had made with onion and tomatoes but bit gravy type. this is dry version with veggies

    would love to try this

  2. Awesome, very healthy with the veggies..

  3. healthy yummy brkfast meal...:)

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  6. Love this low cal idea and bread upma is simply superb !!!

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  8. what a lovely idea this is , Enjoyed making it as well with some frozen veggies. Thankyou

    1. that's great to know Seema ! glad u enjoyed it too :)

  9. I love bread upma and I do add blanched green peas and grated carrots also to it apart from onion. I loved your version with tomato.

    1. yes I usually add a lot of veggies.. juts didnt have them on hand this time..

  10. I've not tried making bread upma, but its a very good way to use up bread slices. I would definitely add some veggies to make it into a wholesome meal. A quick and delicious dish to enjoy.

    1. do try Mayuri ! this is a really quick and delish snack !

  11. I love bread upma and do add a lot of veggies to it. I love your version of adding tomatoes.

  12. I often make this way only with tomato and onions. This is a good way to use the left over pieces.

  13. What a lovely idea kalayni ! using brown bread this is a healthy breakfast option for sure. Love the use of varieties of veggies.

  14. I used to make a lot of bread upma earlier not done recently and would love to make some soon. Your version with low cal bread looks great


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