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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pizza



So, if my understanding is right, pizza has few basic rules:
  • Lots of cheese
  • Few/No vegetables
  • Smooth sauce

 So well, if those are the rules, I broke all of them, since this is what it looked like, and it was yummilicious!


More importantly, the 3.5 yr old son ate three pieces of it, and liked it. So my day was made.

Preparation Time:

40 Minutes



Ingredients:


For the Sauce:
  1. Tomatoes: 2
  2. Onion: 1
  3. Ginger: 1” piece
  4. Basil and Parsley: Few leaves
  5. Garlic: 4
  6. Green, yellow and red capsicum: 1/8 part each
  7. Bay leaf: 1
  8. Balsamic Vinegar: 1 Tbsp
  9. White Sugar: 1.5 Tsp
  10. Brown Sugar: 0.5 tsp
  11. Pepper: 2 tsp
  12. Oregano: 2 tsp
  13. Salt: As per requirement
  14. Extra virgin olive oil: 1 tbsp
For the Pizza: 
  1. Pizza base (white or brown): 2 (depends on the size. I used 2 small brown pizza base)
  2. Mozzarella Cheese: As required

The vegetables depend on one’s own preferences of course, but I added the following.
  1. Green, Yellow and Red Capsicum: ½ part each
  2. Mushrooms: 6
  3. Broccoli: 4-5 florets
  4. Corn: a handful

Methodology:

Making the sauce:



  1. Cut the tomato into quarters, and keep them in the oven in grill mode for about 10 minutes.
  2. Let it cool, and then peel off the skin.
  3. Chop ginger and onion into chunky pieces and grind them along with the grilled tomatoes.
  4. Finely chop garlic, capsicum, basic and parsley.
  5. Take some olive oil in the pan. Once heated, add bay leaf and garlic.
  6. Add the tomato-onion mix, and stir for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add red,green and yellow capsicum. Stir on medium flame. 
  8. Add salt,pepper, white & brown sugar and oregano.
  9. Finally, switch off the stove, and add basil, parsley and balsamic vinegar.

Finally, the Pizza: 
  1. Cut the mushrooms, capsicum and broccoli into small pieces.
  2. Taking the pizza base, spread a generous and thick layer of sauce on top.
  3. Grate cheese on top of the sauce layer (the amount depends on you).
  4. Spread the vegetables evenly on top.
  5. Load the pizza base with toppings into the oven (I had pre-heated it for about 10 minutes), and keep it in for about 15 minutes.
  6. Enjoy it hot!

Notes:

  • If you’d prefer a smoother sauce, avoid the vegetables.
  • Balsamic vinegar elevated the taste of the sauce to a whole new level.
  • The tomato skin is peeled to reduce the acidity of the sauce – I had tried doing it with skins the last time. It was a lot more sour.
  • Tomatoes can be added directly as well. Grilling tomatoes gave the sauce a sort of a smokey taste.
  • To make it toddler friendly, no red chillies were added.

3 comments:

Archana said...
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Ashwin said...

as a proud associate for final 4 steps in this making, totally vouch for this! :D yumm it was!

Anupama S said...

omg!
drooooool