Friday, March 4, 2011

Home Made Pizza

Whole Wheat Pizza base (Available at all leading bakeries/Malls)
Mozzarella Cheese (If you don't have this, Parmesan cheese will also do, avoid cheese spread/cheese slices)
Chilly flakes
Green/black Olives (Optional)

For Sauce:
3 medium size onions 
5 medium size tomatoes
2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Tbspn Olive Oil
salt to taste
Freshly Ground Black pepper

How to make the sauce:
  1. Make a paste of the onions by first boiling them in water for 5 minutes and then grinding them. Also, grind tomatoes to make a paste.
  2. Heat a sauce-pan, add one table spoon olive oil. Pour the onion paste, roast till it turns golden brown, add the ginger garlic paste and roast for 2 minutes. Add the salt and the other herbs. Roast for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste. Roast till the oil separates (this means the tomatoes are cooked). Add 1/2 cup water and boil to reach a saucy consistency.
Vegetarian Topping (Choose at least 3):

  1. Chopped Capsicum
  2. Boiled Sweet Corn Kernels
  3. Chopped Mushroom (Marinate in sauce for 15 minutes)
  4. Baby Corn (Sauted in olive oil)
  5. Broccolli (Blanched - Boil water in a vessel, turn off the heat, add chopped broccoli, cover with a lid. Remove from water after 5 minutes)
  6. Paneer (Marinated in the sauce and sauted in olive oil)
  7. Tofu (Marinated in the sauce and sauted in olive oil)

Non Vegetarian Topping (Choose all for an extravaganza):
Boneless Chicken (marinated in olive oil salt and pepper for 15 minutes and cooked in a pan)
Boneless Tandoori chicken (Marinate in curd and tandoori masala for 15 minutes and then cook on a pan)
Salami (can be used as it is)
Sausages (Stir fry on a pan)

Putting the pizza together:
  1. Put butter on the pizza base.
  2. Smear a thick layer of sauce over it.
  3. spread any or all of the chosen topping above. (One of my favorites is capsicum, corn and chicken)
  4. Add cut olives
  5. Grate cheese over the pizza
  6. garnish with little salt and Oregano.
  7. Heat a pan, coat it with oil. Keep the pizza in it. Cover with the thick lid. Cook on low heat for 7-10 minutes. (You can use your microwave on grill mode for this - though I personally like the pan cooked pizzas)
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Serve - garnish with chilly flakes and some more oregano.
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