Veggie Pizza- Going down the memory lane…
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)
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
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.
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 Green Chilies
Shallow fried Paneer Cubes
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!