Bread Upma (Sindhi)

2 Jul

I am a big fan of one of my Sindhi friend’s cooking. She is a complete home-maker and I love gorging on food that she makes with so much love and efforts. I have been looking around for various dishes of Sindhi cuisine, and this one is so easy. I think it is called ‘ Seval Dabal’ but I will confirm the original name. I confirmed the name, it is ‘Seyal Dabal’. Although she hasn’t checked the authenticity of this dish, I am sure she will like it and so will everyone who loves Bread Upma as we call it. Original Upma is a dish with roasted and steamed semolina flour. But this Bread Upma is different than its varieties, it does not have semolina, has bread in it and tastes completely different than the dry one that Maharashtrians make. Makes a good breakfast!

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Tip: Trim the edges of the bread if you prefer softer version, if you want to feel the bread in it, you can keep them.

All you need:

  1. 10-12 slices of bread ( I had whole wheat, white will taste better)
  2. a pinch of asafoetida ( we call it ‘hing’ in Hindi/Marathi)
  3. 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  4. 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  5. 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
  6. 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  7. 1 green chili, finely chopped ( I use serrano, even half is good for my level of spice, you can adjust as per your taste)
  8. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  9. 1 tbsp coriander powder
  10. 1 tsp red chili powder
  11. Oil to fry (3 tbsp is what I took)
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Water (as needed)
  14. For garnishing chop a few sprigs of cilantro and little lemon juice

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Tear the bread slices into small pieces, make sure they are bite size but not mouthful.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and hear them crackle, then add cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  3. Add onions and fry till they change color and become a little pink.
  4. Stir in the green chili and tomato.  Saute for a few minutes till they blend well in the pan.
  5. Add the spices, turmeric powder, coriander and chili powder. Add a tablespoon of water, it helps in blending the masala well. Saute till the tomato becomes soft.
  6. Add a cup of water and salt. Once it boils, fold in the bread slices. Check that the water is enough and won’t keep the bread dry. Don’t add so much water that the mixture turns soggy, just enough to make it soft and moist. Mix well and let it cook for a few minutes.
  7. When you feel the water is completely absorbed, turn off the heat, sprinkle cilantro and lemon juice.
  8. Serve hot.
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4 Responses to “Bread Upma (Sindhi)”

  1. ambarish July 3, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    far chan, mi fakta pani na takta try kela aahe….

  2. Aruna Panangipally July 12, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I love bread upma and your photo + recipe makes me want to have it now!!!

    • poohalicious July 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank you Aruna for the lovely compliment. Do try it. Hope you like it!

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