Both my husband and daughter are not big fans of plain bread and jelly/ jam. They prefer savory sandwiches in the morning, I usually make the pesto sandwich or guacamole sandwich, or atleast some sandwich with something that's spicy between the slices. Apart from sandwiches, I also make this bread upma, especially when the bread is old. This is not only, easy to make, but also a tasty variation from the sandwiches or the regular upma that we make with semolina and vermicelli, a good breakfast or an evening snack for kids..
Need To Have
- Bread Slices - 8
- Fresh Green Peas - 1 cup
- Onions - 2 medium, chopped
- Tomatoes - 2 big, chopped
- Green Chillies - 2, chopped
- Grated Ginger - 2 teaspoons
- Tomato Sauce - 2 tablespoons
- Grated Coconut - 1 tablespoon
- Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
- Garam Masala - 1/2 teaspoon
- Black Mustard Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
- Cashew Pieces - 1 tablespoon
- Chopped Coriander - 2 tablespoons
- Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt to taste
Microwave the fresh green peas with a little water and salt and keep. Apply some water on the bread slices and press it between your palms, then tear them into small pieces and keep.
Heat some oil, add the mustard seeds, when it starts spluttering add the cashew pieces, roast till golden. Then add the chopped onions, green chillies and grated ginger, saute till the onions turn pink. Then add the tomatoes, saute for a minute.
Now add the turmeric powder, sugar and salt, mix it till the tomatoes become mushy. Now add the tomato sauce, curry leaves, grated coconut and garam masala and mix it well. Now add the cooked peas and 2 tablespoons of water and mix it.
Finally add the bread pieces, reduce the heat and mix it well till all the bread pieces are coated with tomato mixture, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Lastly garnish it with the chopped coriander and serve it warm.
The size of bread slices vary, increase or decrease the amount of tomatoes accordingly, the upma should not be very dry, at the same time it should not become a mushy mess. If while adding the bread pieces, if you feel it is more, then hold back some of the pieces, if it is less, then add an extra slice.
The upma tastes very good with the chopped chillies, but if you can't take the spiciness, then add 3 to 4 slit green chillies, instead of two chopped chillies.