Goan Bread Upma (Pavacho Sano)

Goan Bread Upma (or Pavacho Sano in Konkani) is perfect for days when you want to repurpose day old (stale) bread. This home-style Goan breakfast staple is quick to put together, requires minimum prep and tastes great.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine goan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Rupal


  • 4 cups crusty bread (tear into rough chunks)
  • 1 cup milk lukewarm
  • 1 onion (finely sliced)
  • 1 green chilli (slit lengthwise)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsps vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps raw sugar (or jaggery)
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • to taste salt


  1. In a cup, mix together the lukewarm milk, sugar, turmeric powder and a pinch of salt. Add this to the crusty bread and mix nicely so the bread soaks up all the milk. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Then add the green chilli. Add the sliced onion and fry lightly until softened.
  3. Now add in the soaked bread and toss together well. Turn up the heat slightly so the bread gets nice and crisp which adds great texture. Adjust salt/sugar and turmeric powder as necessary. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  4. Turn off the heat and serve immediately.