Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Veg Pizza with homemade wholewheat crust

Bored to cook?? Order a pizza!! This has become a very common thing these days and with the amount of cheese used in readymade pizzas, we really need to think for a while if we are doing anything at all to burn that fat??!! Just imagine if healthy pizzas can be made at home! Yes it is very simple. We do get readymade pizza crust but that again is generally made of refined flour which is not so good for health. I do not think it is easy to find readymade wholewheat thin crust in India. So here is a simple recipe to make wholewheat thin crust at home that I came across in youtube. I tried pizza sauce also at home. As for the toppings, sky is the limit!! I am not a cheese fan, so I made it a cheeseless pizza but you can very well add cheese as per your choice. Mozzarella is always the best option! Let's hop on to the recipe

Whole wheat thin pizza crust:

  • Dry yeast - 3/4 Tsp
  • Warm water - 1/2 cup
  • Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Oat bran - 1/4 cup (Optional and can be substituted with additional whole wheat flour itself)
  • Salt - 1/2 Tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 Tbsp

  1. Add yeast to warm water and stir it gently. Set aside for 10 minutes
  2. Combine the flours and salt in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the yeast mixture and honey and knead into a dough. The dough will be sticky. Cover it with a damp cloth and set aside for 10 minutes
  3. Knead the dough for a few minutes on a floured surface
  4. Roll the dough into a thin circle and place on a pizza pan or parchment paper
  5. Poke a few holes with the help of a fork
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 10 minutes

Pizza sauce

  • Tomatoes - 2 large
  • Olive oil - 1/2 Tbsp
  • Garlic - 1/2 Tsp finely chopped
  • Onions - 1/4 cup finely chopped
  • Chilli flakes - 1/2 Tsp (optional)
  • Tomato ketchup - 1 Tbsp
  • Chilli powder - 1/2 Tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1/4 Tsp

  1. Blanch the tomatoes and make them into a puree
  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add garlic, saute for a few seconds
  3. Add onions and saute for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add puree, chilli flakes, ketchup, chilli powder, salt and cook for 4 minutes on a medium flame
  5. Add sugar and cook for 1-2 minutes
  6. This can be made in a larger quantity and stored in air tight containers

How to proceed further for the pizza

  1. Spread the sauce evenly on the baked pizza crust
  2. Add cheese and toppings of your choice. I added onions, colored bell peppers(capsicums) and corn as I wanted it to be a simple one. You can add olives, baby corn, lots of cheese etc to make it very special :)
  3. Bake it for 5-7 minutes and serve hot!

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