Veggie Pizza- Going down the memory lane…

Veg Pizza- Indian Version

Veg Pizza- Indian Version

We all love Pizza, don’t we?  Kids and adults…we might have our favorite toppings though.  I remember  Mom making Pizzas, we did not have many(make it “any”) eating outlets back then in Kota and the only Pizzas I used to have were made by Mom- from the base to the sauce to the topping she would put it together for us.  Back then Mom used to make food keeping me and my brother in mind and now my kitchen is all about what my family likes…it is absolutely thrilling to see Arnav ask for additional servings and Charit asking me to make a particular dish before he is in for some travelling.

I bought the Pizza base from the store- the pizza sauce and toppings are what Mom does (the Indian version)

Ingredients-

Pizza Sauce-

Puree- 2 Onions

Puree- 2 Tomatoes

Olive Oil- 1 tbsp

Garlic Paste- 7/8 Cloves

Red Chili Flakes/Powder as per taste

Salt as per taste

Oregano

Black Pepper

Tomato Ketchup- 1 tbsp

Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the garlic paste.  Let it fry for a 2-3 minutes.  Now add the onion puree and sauté it.  Add the red chili flakes.  Let the puree turn brown (will take about ten to fifteen minutes) It is very important for the onion puree to cook properly.  Now add the tomato puree and salt.  Stir as the sauce cooks.  Add tomato ketchup and let it cook for another ten minutes.  Let the water evaporate and the sauce become thick so that it spreads nicely over the pizza base.  Once it reaches that consistency take the sauce pan off the heat and season with oregano and black pepper.  The Pizza Sauce is ready.

Pizza Toppings

Veg Pizza- Assembled

Veg Pizza- Assembled

There are a lot of veggie pizza topping combinations which usually reflect the regional tastes and personal preferences.

I used the following-

Shredded mozzarella blended with Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Green, Yellow, and Red Bell Peppers- finely chopped

Finely Chopped Onions

Finely Chopped Fresh Tomatoes

Chopped Cilantro

Chopped Green Chilies

Shallow fried Paneer Cubes

Jalapenos

Oregano/Chili Flakes for seasoning

 Some of the other variety one could choose from- sweet corn, mushrooms, and zucchini sliced, pineapple, sliced olives, and feta cheese.  I had the above handy so I used those.

I added just a pinch of salt to the chopped veggies for the topping- you can do the same or skip as per your taste.

Assembling and Baking the Pizza

Once you are ready with the Pizza sauce and toppings all you need to do is assemble it.  Spread the Sauce evenly on the Pizza base.  (For my son I first coat the Pizza with a thin layer of melted butter)  Now add the desired toppings and spread the shredded cheese on it.

The right oven temperature adds on to Pizza delight.  Preheat your oven and place the pizza for baking- it will take about 10-12 minutes. Once you can see the cheese turning golden brown and pizza base becoming crisp, take it out and enjoy!

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