Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Homemade Pizza - First Time Ever

I am super excited with the fact that I am actually having a blog post for home made pizza. We as a family love pizzas (okay, who does not, right?) We order pizzas almost every fortnight, but was gradually getting bored to the taste and also the limitation of the toppings to our taste. The closest homemade pizzas we had before was buying the pre-made bases from the local bakery and arranged the toppings. But, this pizza is done from scratch, yes, you heard it right, and let me tell you its not that bade. It was quite easy to arrange and was so good to eat. After having this pizza I realized how heavily the store bought pizzas are packet with not so good for your waistline ingredients. 

So, pizza for me please, anytime!


All purpose flour - 2 and 1/2 cup ( I used 2 cup apf and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)
Active dry yeast - 1/4 teaspoon
Sea salt - 1 teaspoon ( Table salt is fine too)
Water - 1 cup

For the dough, I adapted this super easy recipe. 

For toppings

Green Pepper - 1 medium, chopped
Red Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Chicken Breast - 200 gm, cut in bite size pieces
Ginger paste - 1 teaspoon
Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Yogurt - 1 tablespoon
Cumin powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

Mix all the dry stuffs for the dough and slowly add water to it. Mix it with spatula till it incorporates all the water and shape it up in a ball. It will be real soft to touch.

Cover it with cling wrap and leave it for 6-8 hours. (I did not wait till 18 h as mentioned in the recipe. I live in a place where the current temperature is 42C, so did not think wise to leave it that long. Anyway, it worked fine).
Take out the dough on a well floured area, punch it once and spread it to roughly make a rectangle. Fold the four corners in the middle, turn the dough so that the folded side faces down, and gently form a ball with it. Cover it with cling wrap and leave for another 30 minutes to 1 hour.

While the dough was rising, marinate the chicken with yogurt, cumin powder, coriander powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, garam masala powder and salt. Leave it for an hour or two. Place the marinated pieces on aluminium foil and grill it for 45 minutes at 220 C.

In the meantime, cut your veggies (whatever you like).

After the dough has sat for an hour, gently spread it out on the baking tray. You can use pizza stone but I do not have one. You can make it rectangle or round depending on your baking tray.

Add the marinara sauce on it ( you can also use the regular tomato sauce from your pantry).

Arrange the chicken pieces and veggies on the base.

Cover it up with generous amount of grated cheese of your choice.

Preheat oven at 270 C and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or till the crust starts to turn golden.

As soon aas it came out of the oven we were busy eating it and forgot to take a decent picture.

But, seriously, it was so comforting and good to eat. The husband who loves the store bought pizzas even said that lets have this every time we crave pizza now.


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