Thursday, March 29, 2012

Home made Veggie Pizza

Ingredients :

For the Pizza Sauce :

Olive oil - 1 Table spoon
Tomatoes  (Concasse) - 3 Medium sized
Garlic - 3 Pods (Finely chopped)
Onion - 1 (Finely chopped)
Capsicum - 1/4 th (Finely chopped)
Red chili flakes - 2 Teaspoon
Tomato Ketchup - 1 Table spoon
Oregano - 1Teaspoon
Parsley -1 Teaspoon (Finely chopped)
Fresh basil leaves - 1 Teaspoon (Finely chopped)
Salt - To taste.

For Topping :

Capsicum - 1/2 No (Cubed evenly/ sliced which ever way you prefer)
Onion - 1/2 No  (Cubed evenly/ sliced which ever way you prefer)
Tomato - 1/2 No (De seeded and Cubed evenly/ sliced which ever way you prefer)
Olives - Sliced few.
Mozzarella cheese - As required.

How to concasse tomato:

Using a sharp knife, make a cross on the top of the tomatoes and then take out the cores. Place them in the boiling water for no more than 20/30 seconds or as soon as you see the skin start peeling. Remove the tomatoes from the pan and plunge them into the bowl of icy water. It will then be easy to remove the skins also take out the pips and dry off on a kitchen towel.Then you just cut the tomatoes into small cubes or diamonds.

Method :

In a pan heat olive oil, now add finely chopped garlic, onions saute for a minute, now add capsicum, chili flakes, oregano, parsley and give a quick stir, add tomato concasse, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add the tomato ketchup and cook the mixture for some more time. Lastly add the basil leaves and give a stir. Now your pizza sauce is ready.

For making Pizza base :

Maida/All Purpose base - 1and1/2 Cups
Active dry yeast - 1 Table Spoon
Olive oil - 1/8 Cup
Sugar - 1/2 Table Spoon
Salt - 3/4 Teaspoon
Water  - 1/4 Cup
Milk - 1/4 Cup

Method :

Take a broad vessel add olive oil, sugar, salt, and boil the water and add to this, mix well so that the sugar and salt dissolves well, now add milk and yeast, and mix well so that the yeast dissolves, Now add the flour and gather to get a smooth dough (No need to knead much) and keep covered with a wet cloth for an hour.
The size will be doubled in a hrs time.
Now again gather to make a smooth pliable dough, and punch the dough so that the air in the dough will go. Take a aluminum foil and then with a rolling pin roll the dough gently and evenly with out putting pressure, (Adjust the thickness according to your preference, now fold inwards the ends so that u get a good round shape, and also a thicker edges than the middle. Now prick in many places in the centre, to make sure that it cooks evenly. now spread the pizza sauce evenly and arrange the topping as you desired and grate the cheese to cover the topping.(To make it Indian you can even sprinkle gram masala ;-) )
Pre heat oven to 210 Degree C for 10 minutes Now in a baking tray transfer the pizza (With aluminum foil) and bake it for 12 to 15 minutes or until the base and cheese turns golden brown.
Now cut it using a pizza cutter/ Knife, to make wedges. Enjoy it hot.

Variations :

You can use any kind of vegetable, the topping can be changed according to your wish.
Baby corn slices can be used, cottage cheese / Paneer pieces can be used.
The toppings suggestions are endless, you may try a few combination of your favorite veggies.

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