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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,


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:


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
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.


  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...

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

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

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

  5. Like the detail presentation, lovely pizza recipe.

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

    Hamaree Rasoi

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.....

  19. lovely pizza. my mouth is watering.


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