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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thick crust Veggie Pizza

'Pizza', mmm can't stop gobbling just one slice. Thats exactly what happened yesterday night. It was my first time baking pizza and i was very much worried that i just sat in-front of the oven for 2o mins. Senthil came home and said ' i smell Papa johns here'. I was happily grinning that, you could see all my teeth. With a few more mins of baking, i took the pizza out of the oven and can't wait to slice it up. Senthil was standing near me ready with his plate. I sliced the pizza and turned back to pick my camera, and i saw a slice already in his mouth. He gave me thumbs up and said, that i had nailed it. Of course, those were the words i was waiting to hear from him. Yay! and i did. And boom, it was a power cut. Both of us were laughing, looking at each other's mouth as we were ravening the slices. Stomach was full, but mouth was still hungry. I hope you too will enjoy this pizza. Check out the recipe and here it goes,

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3 cups APF (Maida)
1 packet Active Dry Yeast
1 cup Warm Water
1tsp Salt
1 1/2tsp Sugar
2tbsp Olive oil
How to:
  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let sit for 10 mins, until foamy on top.
  • In another big bowl, add the flour, salt, olive oil and the yeast mixture.
  • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and start kneading for 5-6 mins or until dough is smooth.
  • Coat oil in a bowl, place the dough, wrap it with a cloth and let sit for 2 hours.
  • Once the dough doubles in size, punch down the air, knead for a min, divide the dough and let sit for another 20 mins.
For the sauce:

Ingredients:

4 Roma Tomatoes
1/2 small Green Bell pepper
1 1/2tsp Garlic (minced)
1/2tsp dried Basil
1/2tsp Oregano/Marjoram
1tbsp Olive oil
Salt
How to:
  • Blanch the tomatoes and peel off the skin.
  • Puree 2 tomatoes and chop the other 2 tomatoes and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a skillet, add garlic and saute for a min, followed by bell pepper.
  • After a min add the chopped and pureed tomatoes and cook with lid closed for 12-15 mins in a medium flame.
  • Add salt and the dried herbs and cook until it reaches right consistency. (Not too watery)
  • Switch off and keep aside.

Rolling and Baking:

Glass Baking dish
Pastry brush
Olive Oil
Mozzarella Cheese

For toppings:

Pineapple (chopped)
Green Bell pepper (cut lengthwise)
Jalapeños (chopped)
Sun-dried Tomatoes (chopped)
How to:
  • Preheat oven at 425 degrees.
  • Transfer one-half dough onto a floured surface and roll it with a rolling pin. 
  • Coat the baking dish with olive oil, place the rolled dough and coat the dough also with olive oil.
  • Then apply tomato sauce over the dough leaving 1" gap at the side.
  • Top it with your favorite veggies or meat, and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on it and bake for 20 mins or until the dough turns golden brown.
  • Let cool for 10 mins on a cooling rack and slice it up.
Serve warm with your favorite sauce and crushed red peppers.






23 comments:

  1. Appreciate those step details Nidhya..You are at the right time with this recipe, i was searching the net for a perfect veggie pizza recipe..Thanks a bunch..I will be making this soon...

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  2. Nice stepwise...luv it.Homemade pizza sauce sounds delicious

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  3. Oh my god truly heaven really came out good.I was feeling hungry now Nidya.Waiting for more recipes from u.

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  4. wow...looks so yummy dear.....

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  5. Like the detail presentation, lovely pizza recipe.

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  6. Wow you have made this from the scratch !! looks inviting with those step by step pics

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. wow...pizza treat at ur home...hope u enjoyed well...Pineapple and sun dried tomatoes,hmmm....a wowy combo...

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  8. Very inviting and wonderful looking veggie pizza..am drooling rite now here..

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  9. vow ... superb Nithu........

    Sudha

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  10. Very nice presentation....Good Job!!!

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  11. I am following your blog..checkout mine when u have time...

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  12. Home made ones are the best they look fantastic :)

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  13. Lovely presentation of the yummy pizza made from scratch!

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  14. Pineapple and jalapenos are my favorite toppings! You nailed it ;)

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  15. Lovely home made pizza,looks mouthwatering with my fav toppings.

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  16. first time here..love pizza..but ve never tried.urs look so perfect!!

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  17. Great step by step presentation nitha..looks very delicious!

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  18. Wow this is something i would love to relish any day,pizzas is a definite yes on any day...great that u did everything from the scratch...

    keep going..njoy blogging n happy cooking.....

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  19. lovely pizza. my mouth is watering.

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