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Monday, January 3, 2011

Bread Upma/Bhaaji - A Savory Dish

Wish you all a very Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a fun filled new year's eve and started the year with a bang. We had a nice restful weekend, slept in and ate some good food. It has been rather cold lately and while snowfall is a rare occurence here, we experienced some snow flurries a few days ago. This has created the most wonderful winter atmosphere and makes it perfect for hot, cozy meals and long afternoon naps. Well, the holiday season is over and things will soon pick up pace, but I plan to enjoy the winter as long as it's possible. Over the past year I have slowly built up a rather big collection of recipe pictures and I am wondering what recipe to kick the year off with. What can be better than a breakfast dish?! It is easy to cook, requires minimal preparation and is the perfect dish to serve hot with a cup of tea.

5-6 slices of bread, diced into bite sized pieces
1/2 yellow or red onion, diced
1 green chilli, slit into two pieces
salt to taste
1/8th tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
1/8 tsp cumin/jeera seeds
1/8 tsp turmeric

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds to it. As soon as the mustard seed begins to crackle, add the chilli and the onions. Cook the onions till slightly brown and then add the turmeric, salt and sugar. Then add the bread cubes. Stir to coat all the bread pieces with the sauteed onions. Serve hot. Yogurt complements this well and you can serve it with a side of yogurt.

You can sprinkle the salt and sugar over the cubed bread and mix it thorougly to ensure that it spreads evenly and the entire dish is seasoned properly.  Use bread that is a day old or older. Since stale bread is a bit drier, the pieces will not crumble while being cooked. If the bread is very fresh, it may shrink or crumble while stirring. This is a perfect dish to use up leftover bread. Another use is to make homemade croutons.