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Bread upma garnished with chopped cilantro served on a white plate.

Bread Upma (Bread Poha)

Bread upma, also known as bread poha is an easy and tasty breakfast recipe from India. If you have got bored of eating sandwiches and looking for other breakfast ideas made with bread then do try this recipe.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 289kcal


  • Cooking pot


  • 8 bread slices
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • ½ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger finely chopped
  • 4-5 curry leaves optional
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • A handful of fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roasted peanuts
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder adjust to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon any cooking oil of choice


  • Dry toast bread slices on a pan until they turn slightly crunchy. Cut them into bite-size pieces.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When the seeds start spluttering add onion and cook until the onion starts turning brown
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, and curry leaves saute for a few seconds.
  • Next, add chopped tomato, green chili, ginger, salt, and pepper. Mix everything and cook until the tomatoes turn soft.
  • Add carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes before adding bell pepper and corn kernels. Cook for around 4-5 minutes.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked add bean sprouts and chopped bread slices. Mix everything and cook for around 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring in between.
  • Switch off the stove. Add roasted peanuts, chopped cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Mix. Serve hot or warm.


  1. Feel free to add more vegetables of your choice like French beans, green peas, etc.
  2. Add sprouts only after all the other vegetables are cooked and don't overcook them. The sprouts shall remain crunchy.
  3. Use a large wok or pan to make this dish. It makes mixing and sauteing everything easy.
  4. More recipe tips and tricks are given within the post above. Please follow them to make this recipe.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 3654IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3mg