Sunday, March 28, 2010

Homemade Indian Flavoured Pizza!

Making a Pizza from scratch, rich in Indian flavours has been a long time dream for me.

And then Lavi announced the theme for the lovely event of Global Kadai and I was all set to venture this beautiful looking food.
Moreover, the overwhelming response from my dear blogger buddies in savoury buns, the recent post and the sudden expertise I gained in handling yeast on flour propelled me to come up with the fullest energy! :)

So here we go…

For the preparation of the Pizza Base I substituted Whole Wheat Flour with the regular All Purpose Flour.

Ingredients for the Pizza Base

A large cup of Wheat Flour (makes 2 medium sized pizzas)
¼-½ cup of Luke warm water
½ tsp active dry yeast
½ tsp each of sugar
A pinch of salt
2 tsps of Homemade Ghee(no olive oil here so as to make it more Indian) ;)

Mix ½ tsp of active dry yeast in ½ cup of luke warm water along with sugar and salt and kept it aside in a warm place undisturbed for 30 minutes.The frothy layer would have formed on top.(I used Hodgson Mill active dry yeast which works well with whole grain flours)

In a bowl containing the wheat flour, add the yeast solution as well as the melted butter and knead well into a soft pliable dough.Taste the dough and add more salt or sugar if you need.Brush melted butter on top the dough and keep it aside for 2 hours.The dough would have acquired double the size after this time.Punch down the dough to remove air and roll it out to make 1cm thick pizza base.I spread the dough with my fingers leaving the edge around a little thicker, since I preferred thin and crispy inside with soft and 'bready' edge.Prick it with a fork here and there and bake for 5-6 minutes in 180 deg C in a pre heated oven. Remove and keep aside the ‘pre baked’ pizza base.

Ingredients for the Pizza Sauce

A tbsp of oil
4 Ripe red tomatoes (less sour variety)-4- cut into bite sized pieces
1 Big onion
4-5 cloves of garlic
2-3 tbsps of water
½ tsp of dried herbs-I substitiuted Indian herbs- a few fresh Coriander and Tulsi leaves.
Salt- as needed
A pinch of freshly ground pepper

Chop onion and garlic, fry in the oil, red chillies next and the tomatoes.Saute until they turn soft and mushy.Add 2 tbsps of water if you want a runny sauce. Simmer.
Stir in the herbs,salt and pepper powder.Cool and grind to a smooth paste/sauce.

For The Topping, I used

Roasted Bell Pepper (insert a skewer across, roast in direct flame, rub off the black skin and cut into small cubes)

  • *Paneer Tikka ( I tried tawa method)- Scroll down for the recipe.
  • Corn
  • Roasted Bell Pepper- inspired by the post here.
  • Sliced Button Mushrooms
  • Finely minced Small Onions and Garlic
  • Homemade Ghee- drizzled here and there
  • Chilly flakes
  • Coriander leaves.
  • Cheese-I used mozarella cheese slices.

*Paneer Tikka

100 gms Paneer, cubed into 9 equal pieces.
A tsp of yogurt
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
A fewdrops of lime juice
1/4 tsp Chaat masala powder
1/2 tsp Tandoori masala
A pinch of Black pepper powder
Salt to taste
Ref oil to drizzle while cooking on Tawa

Mix the ingredients (except paneer) to form a thick paste.Marinate the paneer pieces with the paste evenly smeared (liberally) on them for half an hour.

Heat a tawa or a griddle and place the pieces 3-4 at a time.Drizzle a few drops of oil.

Turn the pieces carefully, so as to ensure that all the sides are cooked evenly and browned well on the surface. Repeat as batches.Once it cools down cut the chunks each into 9 pieces and use as the pizza topping.

Assembling the Pizza before Baking

Spread the Sauce over the pre baked pizza base. Sprinkle the toppings in the list in that order ending it up with cheese topping.Preheat the oven to 240 deg C , often the full blast in any oven. Bake the Pizza for abt 10-12mins or until the cheese melts. Check the pizza often to make sure it doesn't overcook or burn.

Remove from the oven and serve warm.

The roasted bell pepper, paneer tikka along with the crunchy bits of onion and garlic was Heaven, still bitten deep into the flavourful ghee enriched topping as well as the thin n crispy wheat flour base was YUM!..

Lavi, this is prepared specially for the Global Kadai event you host for the month :)
Global Kadai is an event started by Cilantro.


  1. Indian style pizza is my first pizza i ever had.
    And this just looks so so droolie yummy.
    What i always love aobut the indian pizzas are their fresh onions etc....

  2. The most delicious pizza...great clicks Dear:-)

  3. சூப்பராக இருக்கின்றது இந்தியன் ஸ்டைல் பிச்சா...சூப்பர்ப்...

  4. That looks so delicious, I love homemade pizza! Perfect toppings for me, too :)

  5. Wow, it looks so yummy and what a step by step process. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Your Pizza looks so delicious. I have bought the bread flour and will attempt to make the pizza.

  7. Awesome looking pizza. I have a hard time making whole wheat pizza. Does the pizza become hard when baked. I end up with hard crusted pizza. Will try your recipe the next time.The photos are very colorful to look at and the step by step method really helps.Thanks for all the info that you have given in this post. Very useful.

  8. Yummy looking pizza. Healthy too

  9. Made from scratch Indian pizza? That looks yum and maseledar to satisfy our spicy cravings.

  10. Your pizza looks delicious..Also nice step by step clicks. am a new blogger, do visit my space..

  11. Yummy goodness from every shot..:):).I've tried a recipe for pizza using whole wheat flour the soft brown colour of your base.The toppings are to-die-for..:):)

  12. Supera iruku paka....tempting clicks as usual imgs took so much to load...even now cudnt see all of the pics esp the topping pic :(

  13. Pizza is superb, especially with the awesome clicks, was able to visualise the hard work that has gone into baking this. Very colorful too. Loved it absolutely :)

  14. This is the Perfect Desi Pizza with ghee, tulsi, corriander and Paneer.

    Paneer Tikka is so tempting. iam going to try it out.

    You kept ur word and Thanks for the entry!

  15. perfect entry for the event.yummy and delicious pizza.great clicks too

  16. Wow B, This is really really tempting...i still havnt got over my fear for yeast, but for once I think I will give it a go... thanks for the yummy recipe

  17. wow!!!
    Spicy delicious pizza
    awesome clicks :-)

  18. Bharathy,that's a perfect entry,I am all drooling and its very Indianized version...

    I posted mine just now,but not much indianized like urs!! Do check when u find time :)

  19. looks lavishing!...very beautiful pic............!!!!

  20. Wow...all your hard work is worth dear!!! Great post with great pics and recipe:)

  21. Perfect and fabulous...Looks yummy and delicious dear...

  22. That's lovely n sooo perfect!

  23. Lovely clicks and a wonderful presentation. Thank you participating in the Global Kadai event.
    I made the Pizza yesterday and have to post them, I planned to make them from scratch but got little busy so made them with the store bought dough.

  24. Wow... mouth watering recipe.. looks soo delicious n very tempting.. absolutely perfect presentation.. :)

  25. oh yum, chatpata.. i bet ur family gobbled it up. it looks really spiced up! My adventures began with my mom cooking it when we were kids. She used make with kheema and beat an egg and pour over it since cheese was not so common then.

  26. Have a doubt was the outcome with wheat flour any difference in taste?

  27. Homemade pizza is the best. Yours looks wonderful.

  28. woww..its great that you made use of wheat.. :) suerly i wl try this version.. :)

  29. That's an awesome Pizza..I like homemade base too but your version with whole wheat is even more appealing :-)Got to try this desi version of toppings :D

  30. wooow,,pizza looks delicious in indian style simply superb dear,,well explained in step by step super,,

  31. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ....................................................

  32. Bharathy, absolutely stunning n Indian as can be, wheat, ghee, paneer tikka(i loved ur idea!) am surely going to try this one will follow! :)

  33. hi
    Yummy Yummy looking Pizza!!!

  34. beautiful clicks and pizza looks yummy!

  35. i love pizza.Yours looks lovely.Is this a coincidence?Yesterday i posted my version of pizza.Do visit that.

  36. Wow I drooling over the pics, so mouth watering and excellent recipe. Love all the ingredients in it.

  37. You have a lovely blog.Very happy to follow you.PIZZA LOOKS SUPER DUPER.
    I would love to hear ur comments on my blog too,if time permits.

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  39. Gorgeous and perfect. Do visit my blog when time permits.

  40. This looks so yummy! And so delicious! May you have more followers!
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  41. Frankly I am not a big fan of pizzas but i have always loved the homemade versions with less cheese and loads of veggies :)
    Love your paneer tikka versions, sooo yumm :D

  42. lovely indian pizza...i had fun with this event tooo...i can see from the lovely pics that u had lots of fun as well...will be back to check out more recipes:)

  43. I've seen so many recipes lately for pizzas! So far, I think yours must be the best! The other one I really like is Mexican Pizza. What do you think? Thanks again for sharing this delicious pizza recipe!

  44. Sophia, You made my day, dearie! :)
    Thanks a Ton! :)

  45. Bharathy Chechi..This is such an awesome recipe for pizza..I stumbled upon this while searching for the desi version of a pizza..Absolutely delicious and stunning pictures..Love the Paneer Tikka being a hard-core paneer fan..Thank you so much..

  46. Do visit my blog when you have time...

  47. Eniku vishakunnu.....what a beauty ur pizza is...

  48. Wow lovely pizza !!Looks delicious !!Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  49. Wonderful one and your presentation seems too professional dear keep going. sure going to try this one soon.

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