Friday, March 10, 2006

Mystery Dish - Guess this Dish!


Guess what?

This is my 3rd week of blogging, and I'm thrilled that my site has had over 1000 visitors!! Yay!! A big "THANK YOU" to my fellow bloggers and visitors for the support, encouragement and friendship.

Here's a little something to brighten up your march towards the weekend....TGIF!!!

This dish is an old time favorite in our house. Can you guess what it is?

I'll post the recipe later :-)

Warning! Spoiler Follows

Thanks for playing the guessing game with me!! We had a lot of correct guesses - it is indeed "Bread Upma" .

Typically made with stale bread, it is an ingenious way to use up old bread and the few odds and ends in the refrigerator. It also packs very well for lunches and picnics.

I like to make bread upma rather plain, with very few spices, so that the flavor of the bread comes through. The key to making a good bread upma is of course the bread!. Crusty breads work the best. Don't even attempt this with sliced bread! Today I used old "Pan Turano" bread, the same that I used in the "PottleBell Sandwiches".

Here's how I make my version:


1 6 inch loaf of Pan Turano or similar crusty bread
3 tbsp of yogurt (preferably homemade)
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera seeds
1/2 tsp chilli powder
a few curry leaves and cilantro leaves
salt to taste


  1. Cut the loaf of bread into 1/2 inch chunks.
  2. Whisk the yogurt to make it smooth. Add some salt to taste. Marinate the bread pieces in it, till you get the other ingredients ready or for 10 mins. This step is what gives the bread upma a very tangy, yummy flavor.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard and jeera seeds. When they pop, add the green chillies, and curry leaves.
  4. Add the onions and saute lightly.
  5. Add the turmeric powder
  6. Add the bread pieces and turn gently to mix well
  7. Add salt and chilli powder to taste
  8. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro leaves


  • If you use french bread or other similar crusty bread, it stands up very well to the marinade and retains it shape and texture.
  • The yogurt gets absorbed into the bread, gives it a lot of flavor and also a nice crispy crust if you fry the pieces well
  • If you don't like yogurt, you can add a little bit of lime/lemon juice


At Fri Mar 10, 07:33:00 AM 2006, Blogger Priya said...

Bread Upma, or bread fry ???

At Fri Mar 10, 07:34:00 AM 2006, Blogger Priya said...

bread upma or bread fry???

At Fri Mar 10, 07:40:00 AM 2006, Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

Potato fry?

At Fri Mar 10, 07:55:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

Hmm..some one with the same name as mine has stolen my words already :-( .
Bread upma is what I think it is..and if it is ....u are an amazing cook to be able to retain that shape. :-)

And 1000 visitors in 3 weeks is a huge accomplishment...and speaks volumes abt ur cooking skills and ur presentation of the food captured wonderfully thru ur photography..!!! Keep up the enticement ;-)

And hey I am planning on making Kofta n gravy today ...any tips.

At Fri Mar 10, 08:40:00 AM 2006, Blogger tschoerda said...

i am guessing those are fried potatos and parsley ... am i right?

i just love your foodlog, it has been on my blogrolling-list for a week now and i check back daily ... and i love your pictures!!!

gerda from austria

At Fri Mar 10, 08:45:00 AM 2006, Blogger Kay said...

I guess both priyas are correct!

My first thought was bread uppuma and I still stand by it! :)

I'll look forward for the recipe! Have been looking for a great bread uppuma recipe, for a long time.

At Fri Mar 10, 10:16:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it pineapple?

At Fri Mar 10, 11:07:00 AM 2006, Blogger Tanuja said...

It looks like bread chat.

At Fri Mar 10, 11:31:00 AM 2006, Blogger BDSN said...

my guess..
oh i wish i came earlier..
well my guess is
potato fry
bread upma
plantain fry..hmmmmmm..iam getting lil bit impatient not knowing what it is...oh!!Boy!!

At Fri Mar 10, 12:40:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

tschoerda, Welcome! glad that you like the site and pictures.

At Fri Mar 10, 01:01:00 PM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

I am standing with Priya)2 and Kay, Bread upma, wait a min.. may be soyachunks??

At Fri Mar 10, 01:01:00 PM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Well, one more guess Sweet potato fry?

At Fri Mar 10, 02:12:00 PM 2006, Blogger shammi said...

Bread upma

At Fri Mar 10, 02:41:00 PM 2006, Blogger Puspha said...

I´ve never come across with such a dish but I´m very sure that itz made of bread.

At Fri Mar 10, 04:26:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

great guessing y'all! you've given me lots of ideas as well..thanks!

At Fri Mar 10, 05:23:00 PM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

priya, without knowing what type of kofta n gravy, it's hard to say.

I've found that whatever the recipe, whizzing the gravy mixture in the blender after it is cooked and before putting in the koftas, makes the gravy very creamy without the need to add any extra cream/butter.

Hope that helps!

At Sat Mar 11, 02:10:00 AM 2006, Blogger tschoerda said...

i have never even heard of a dish called "upma" ... it sounds quite simple and tasty, i have to try that out for sure :)

At Mon Mar 13, 07:24:00 AM 2006, Blogger Kay said...

Hmmmmmm! Thanks for the yummy recipe! It's on my 'Must try' list. :)

At Mon Mar 13, 01:43:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Annita said...

Amazing photography.I also thought it was potato only..Anyway will definitely try out this..I've some bread waiting in the cupboard not knowing wat to do..:)

At Wed Mar 22, 08:29:00 AM 2006, Anonymous KeralaGirl said...

Tried this yesterday with Bun!!!. It turned out great. I was going to try with the normal bread slices, thanks for your warning I didnt :-) Instead tried with bun. I know it may not be close to the taste of using some good crust bread but to my surprise it retained its shape and the taste was good too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

At Mon Oct 09, 09:55:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi thr, its a wonderful recipe, but let me suggest u a few more changes in it, when U use Fresh Bread Slices to make the same. I stay at India, and usually prepare it on sunday mornings for a quick breakfast.

1. Cut the fresh bread slices into cubes.
2. Make a seasoning of oil with mustard, jeera, urad dal, chana dal, and then fry in onions, and green chillies, once they are done, add the cut bread slices, and gently mix it so that each slice gets the seasoning, now sprinkle a little water on it( not much ) take care about this, and gently pop it, keeping the flame in sim, sprinkle salt on the top, and check out the taste.

At Fri Jan 19, 05:43:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must confess I got into this game pretty late…after having basked in the lap of familial luxury for 25 years ( read – I never stepped into the kitchen and din’t have to worry as to what your next meal was going to be, thanks to the magic fingers of our excellent cook Kaala Jaan ) I decided to leave my Indian comfort zone and venture into the wide wide world, armed with Kaala Jaan’s homemade bottle of pickles, fried pappads and frozen paratas ( which of course was given to me as an ‘only to be opened when you feel homesick” instruction, which was very difficult to follow as I opened it every time I felt hungry ) . Convinced that I can’t cook ( a belief further reinforced by the fact that my mother can’t cook either , so you see it is in my DNA structure ) , I sought refuge in take away joints and desi restaurants - luckily for me, wherever I went there seemed to be a fair share of them. The result was that my kitchen became another store room and for the next two years, I never had to change my gas cylinder ( and to think I had to go through so much of paperwork just to get a gas connection )
I fell in love and got married and we moved again, only to realise that hubby and I are at either ends of the food spectrum – he “HAS to have HIS hot cuppa tea in the morning “ to wake him up and I just need water to wake me up ( uh, preferably cold water splashed on my face ) , He loves sea food, I absolutely abhor it, I love my vegetables and salad while he has to sink his teeth into meat ( yeah yeah, I know what you must be wondering - “what did you guys ever eat on dates” – well as the famous philosophers once said, Love is blind ) – well, just to let you know, 2 years into our marriage and he prefers make HIS own cuppa tea and for the sake of marital and abdominal sanity, we decided to go back to being fast food junkies and renewed our standing credit program with our friendly take away joints.
The wake up call came in when went over the hill and were faced with health issues. After changing priorities and making lifestyle adjustments and a solemn promise that we will eat home cooked food, I armed myself with heaps of recipe books and made my debut into the store room, I mean kitchen – my first attempt was so brilliant that hubby dear insisted that we celebrate by eating out ( !!! ). This was followed by a series of culinary disasters, not to mention abdominal upsets which hubby bravely stomached ( pun intended and yes, I know what you are thinking, love is truly blind ), I managed to shed the cooking phobia and gracefully don the mantle or in this case the apron, although the dishes never turned out the way they were supposed to.
My search for “easy to cook in the least time “recipes continued ( as most often than not, I had to do a trial and then the actual dish just to get it right, result being that I would spend double the time needed, not to mention the vast amounts of cleaning, soaking, scrubbing and chucking ) And then, I chanced upon Saffron Hut and boy oh boy was I hooked , the recipes are so darn easy and MAGICAL because they actually come out the way it was intended to be, which brings me to the point that I wanted to make ( and slowly realisation dawns upon me, that this point has become an essay ), the bread upma was excellent. I SAW IT, I FOLLOWED IT AND I CONQUERED my hubby’s heart ( he even asked for seconds, which was so gratifying ).The mysterious dish did manage to mystify my husband who relished it, my English colleagues loved it and I ended up with a deep sense of achievement – so THANK YOU Saffron Hut for getting me started.
Today is Saturday and I am going to surprise people with the fake samosas ( somehow the idea of cheating on an ingredient makes it all the more enticing ). Will let you know how it goes
Cheers to you and the rest of the gang for making my life easy and exciting

At Sun Mar 04, 03:49:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool blog, interesting information... Keep it UP » »

At Thu Jul 10, 03:22:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Tim said...

Good Job! :)

At Sat Nov 15, 10:01:00 AM 2008, Blogger Sour cream said...

hey Saffron...have done bread upma a couple of times,but tried your version last nite for dinner..My husband and me jus loved it..`the curd sure adds a tangy flavour to the upma!!and my next trial is goin to be the 16 bean adai for tonite ...hope it turns out well too.. thanku so much!!

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