It's been so many months since I had my last pizza, and usually when we think of pizza, then we think of ordering it in. But, I tried to make it at home, and it turned out so beautiful!! Surprisingly, it was pretty simple.
My pizza today had cheese, onions, tomatoes, capsicum, and (a lot of) paneer. I would have gone with much less paneer, but I had already diced and marinated it- so just went ahead to throw it all in as toppings!
Here's how I made it.
What you need for Pizza dough: maida, baking soda, baking powder, salt, oil, water, lemon
1. Take 2 cups of maida and add half a teaspoon of baking soda with one teaspoon of baking powder.
2. Add salt as per taste.
3. Add a little oil, and mix it well. Then, add the juice of half a lemon. Mix it well again.
4. Add water little by little. Make a soft dough.
5. Knead it for full 5-8 minutes. Most of how it turns out really depends only on the kneading.
6. Let it rest for an hour or two.
Pizza dough is ready!
What you need for Pizza sauce: tomatoes, onions, dried red chilly, tomato ketchup
1. Boil 2 tomatoes and 1 dried red chilly for 3-4 minutes until the skin of the tomato starts to leave. Keep it aside for it to cool a bit.
2. Chop the onions finely, and saute till the raw smell goes off. The onions will have turnned slightly transparent.
3. Peel off the skin of the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and chilly, and also the sauteed onions to a mixer jar, and grind it into a paste. The paste can be smooth or slightly pulpy, according to your taste.
4. Transfer this paste into a kadai with little oil, and let it cook. Add tomato ketchup and some salt as per taste. Turn off the stove when the sauce becomes thick.
Pizza sauce is ready!
This is basically the part from which you can do as you wish. Pick the toppings that you like, and assemble the pizza as you wish! I used marinated paneer(fried), onions, tomatoes, capsicum, and a lot of cheese!
I marinated the paneer cubes by coating it with a cup of curd mixed with a little bit of kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice(all as per taste).
When you assemble, take care to keep these in mind:
1. Make sure the edges of your rolled dough are slightly thicker and banked, this will make sure that your toppings don't spill out.
2. Be generous with the pizza sauce. That is what practically gives all the taste.
3. After assembling the toppings, once again ensure the edges are thicker and slightly elevated. Also, coat the visible part of the dough on the edge with oil//butter. This makes the crust come out so well!
4. Wait for 2-3 minutes after your pizza is done before you cut it into slices.
It came out so well, and it really takes not much time at all if you have your sauce pre-made and stored away. You just have to make the dough, top it up to get it ready into the oven!
I loved it. If you want, do try it out. And, if you have already made before and you have any tips to make it even better, let me know in the comments below!