Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pizza-Ooh la la!!


Pizza..a soft chewy base loaded with vegetables and showered with a generous sprinkling of Mozarella cheese..oh my!!!I can't stop raving about the good ol' pizza.I never tried making it at home coz it looked like so much of hardwork!!While all we did was call up Dominos and order one or rush to the nearest Pizza hut and relish it there.Due to our dietary restrictions,Pizza was really a once-in-a-while treat.I always wished I could make my own pizza base,but couldn't muster enough courage for that.Had read so much about people's failed attempts with yeast,that I really didn't want to try.But I also read about so many people emerging victorious with yeast,so that was a thought tucked away in the back of my mind.

During our last super market trip,I got myself a packet of yeast.I looked at it lovingly and all..just hoping that it works for me too.And then I did it...thought to myself-what the heck,I'll try it once and see if it works..or else,I will never try again.I should say MBP-Cheese was really an inspiration.I had decided that if I participate,it has got to be Pizza.I hopped on to dear Shilpa's blog and saw what I really wanted to make.A guilt-free recipe for the pizza dough-base,that of whole wheat-just what the doctor ordered.I hit jackpot and went about making it.My joy knew no bounds when the dough rose-giving me a teeny weeny hope that it might work after all!!And it did..I followed the insructions carefully..and voila!!!I made my Pizza..ooh la la!!

Whole wheat Vegetable Pizza
Ingredients(for the base)
Whole wheat flour/atta- 1 cup
Active dry yeast - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Italian seasoning(I used Oregano+chilli flakes) - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - as required

Method


In about 1/4 cup of warm water, add sugar and salt. (Heat water for 10secs in microwave). Add the yeast, slightly give a shake to the bowl and leave it for about 5mins. Now add flour, Italian seasoning and make it into a dough (of about chapathi dough consistency). Add more water if necessary.Pour some olive oil and mix well.Cover the dough with a damp muslin cloth.Leave the dough for 10mins.

The dough increases to about double the volume in this time. If the dough is of same size as you started, then there is something wrong and you might want to leave the dough in a warm place for a little more time.

Press the dough to remove air. Roll the dough into a round using a rolling pin or just spread with fingers.Prick the base with a knife/fork at few places.(refer Shilpa's recipe for more tips)

Drizzle a little olive oil on top. Bake it in a preheated(heated to 150C for 10mins) oven for about 5-8mins.

Toppings
I did not have many veggies in stock,so I just used the basic ones.Onions-Capsicum-Tomato-Mushroom.I sauteed all of it in a little olive oil,added salt to taste and crushed pepper and some more oregano.
For the sauce-I used ready made Pizza sauce.
A cup of mozzarella cheese.

Method

Spread the sauce on the base and spread all the veggies.
Spread the grated mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake in a pre-heated oven-180C till the cheese melts(approx-15 mts).
Serve hot.

I am sending this Pizza to Siri for MBP.This months theme is Cheese. MBP is a Monthly blog patrolling event started by Coffee-The spice cafe.

18 comments :

  1. Very Nice. Kudos for making the dough. You know you get these pizza doughs in small pouches at all grocery stores, but again i dont know about whole wheat.Good recipe !!

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  2. Div, u will soon b addicted to the flavors! :D WOOOOOOOW...it sure looks cheeezzzzzzy! Tks for the pc! Shilpa ki recipes dont fail u!

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  3. that looks so yummy..so cheesy..must have been delicious...am tempted to try it..good one!!

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  4. Your pizza looks yummy and tempting:)

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  5. Mouthwatering and yumm yumm pizza

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  6. Deepu..thank you.I am not sure Pizza dough is available to buy in India..??

    Purnima'di..thanks.I am addicted..for life;-).You said it,Shilpa's recipes never fail-she rocks!!

    Sowmya..thanks.It sure was cheesy and delicious.I am glad I tried it..you should too!!

    Usha,Sireesha..thank you!!

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  7. Wow youmade home made pizza, they look delicious.
    I would love to have few pieces from it

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  8. Divya, pizza looks yummy & mouthwatering :) Nice pic...

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  9. super pizzzaaaaaaa divya....really something i luv ..fat free ;)

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  10. Nice one Divya, I also made yesterday but sometimes I use self raising flour,the dough is crisper and nice too. Hey just check water temperature for yeast(110'F),it will never die.

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  11. Looks ooey-gooey and cheesy nice!

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  12. woo ur pizza has come out well..looks tempting divya..

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  13. pizza looks delicious.. nothing can get better than pizzas!

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  14. Wow...yummy!!!!!!!!!!!

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Divya.

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