Bread-Veggie stir-fry

I remember this yummy and quick snack from my childhood days that my Mom used to prepare for us.  She often used to make it for breakfast especially on holidays.  She named the dish Pao Khichdi or bread khichdi. She never used any kind of sauce to prepare it.  Instead she simply used mustard seeds, onion and turmeric but it tasted magical. Believe me, even while writing down this blog, I can feel the flavourful aroma of the dish as if she had just plated it before of me. I miss those childhood days.  I miss her food.

I thought of sharing this recipe with you as an honour to my Mom.  I have improvised it a bit.  I have included vegetables in the recipe with an intention to add some healthy stuff in your diet.  So I have renamed it as Bread-Veggie Stir-fry.

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes


  • 6 to 8 slices of bread cut into cubes

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or Sunflower oil

  • ½ tsp Mustard seeds

  • 1 medium size Onion, chopped

  • 1 to 2 Green chillies

  • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables
    (Capsicum, Broccoli, Carrots, Beans, Red cabbage, Baby corn, etc.)

  • 2 to 3 tsp Tomato ketchup

  • 1 tsp Green chilli sauce (optional)

  • ¼ tsp Black pepper powder 

  • Salt to taste

  • ½ tsp Sugar

  • Chopped coriander leaves(optional)


  • Place a frying pan over the stove and heat it.  Add oil and mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds start popping add chopped onion and green chillies. Fry them till translucent.  Add black pepper and salt.
  • Add all the chopped vegetables one by one and keep stirring. After adding all the vegetables let then cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add tomato ketchup, green chilli sauce and sugar and keep stirring. In case the mixture gets very dry add two tablespoon of water.
  • Add the bread cubes and mix thoroughly with the veggies. Sprinkle some water over the top if required.
  • Serve hot with freshly chopped coriander leaves over the top.


  • You can also add sliced Sausage, Mushroom or Chicken for a rich flavour.
  • You can even serve it topped with some scrambled egg (I just love it!)
  • Add veggies as per your choice and availability.
  • If you replace Tomato ketchup with Schezwan sauce you will have the Schezwan version of this dish. Likewise you can try this with any other sauces available.

Try out this sweet tangy flavourful dish yourself. Mix and match with different veggies and sauces for creating different variants. Don’t forget to share your experiences with me. Happy experimenting!!!

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