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paneer tikka pizza recipe from scratch

paneer tikka pizza recipe from scratch
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Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
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paneer tikka pizza – whole wheat pizza with paneer tikka topping.
  • for the pizza bread base:
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1.5 or 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt or as required
  • for the paneer tikka:
  • 125-150 gms paneer, cubed
  • 4 tbsp thick yogurt or hung curd
  • 1 medium red, green or yellow bell pepper, diced or cubed
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and layers separated
  • 1 medium tomato, diced or cubed (optional)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves + ½ inch ginger – made into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder or tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain
  • ¼ to ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • rock salt + black salt or regular salt, as required
  • for the pizza sauce:
  • 2 medium tomatoes, pureed – yields approx 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ½ to 1 tsp dry oregano or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper as required – i added ½ tsp black pepper powder
  • topping extra:
  • mozzarella cheese, grated – as required
  • 7-8 pitted black olives, sliced (optional)
  1. preparing the pizza bread base:
  2. warm 1 cup water in a bowl.
  3. stir and dissolve the ½ tsp sugar in it.
  4. sprinkle the yeast and stir.
  5. cover and keep this mixture for 10-12 minutes at room temperature.
  6. after 10-12 minutes when the yeast mixture bubbles and froths, add 1 cup
  7. flour, salt and olive oil.
  8. stir the mixture well.
  9. then add another cup of flour and stir again.
  10. the flour mixture would begin to leave the sides of the flour.
  11. add the last cup of flour and begin to knead the bowl.
  12. working with your hands, knead the mixture, till you get a soft, smooth
  13. and elastic dough.
  14. if the dough appears dry, then add some water.
  15. if the dough is little sticky, its alright. but if too sticky then sprinkle some
  16. flour and continue to knead.
  17. rub some water all over the pizza bread dough and keep in a covered bowl for 1:30 to 2 hours.
  18. preparing the paneer tikka:
  19. whisk the yogurt in a bowl till smooth and creamy.
  20. add all the ginger-garlic paste, carom seeds, salt, lemon juice and all the
  21. spice powders mentioned above.
  22. check the taste of the marination and add more salt or lemon juice or the
  23. spice powders if required
  24. chop the paneer into cubes.
  25. dice the onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.
  26. add the paneer cubes and the diced veggies to the yogurt sauce marinade.
  27. fold in gently so that the paneer and veggies are evenly coated with the
  28. marinade.
  29. cover and keep aside for minimum for 1 hour at room temperature. if
  30. keeping for more than 2 hours, then refrigerate.
  31. preparing the basic pizza tomato sauce:
  32. rinse and then chop the tomatoes.
  33. puree the tomatoes in a blender or with a hand blender.
  34. heat olive oil in a small pan.
  35. then add the chopped garlic and saute for 10-12 seconds.
  36. add the tomato puree and saute for 3-4 mins.
  37. when the tomatoes are cooked, add the chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and pepper.
  38. simmer for 2-3 minutes more.
  39. keep the pizza sauce aside.
  40. assembling the paneer tikka pizza:
  41. when the dough has doubled up and nicely leavened, then divide the dough into 2-3 parts. 2 parts of the pizza dough will give you a medium
  42. pizza and 3 parts will give you a small pizza.
  43. you can refrigerate the remaining dough if not using it immediately.
  44. grease the baking pan with olive oil and sprinkle some flour on it.
  45. preheat your oven to 250 degrees C atleast 20 minutes before you begin
  46. baking.
  47. roll the dough on a dusted work flour surface
  48. place the rolled dough on the greased baking pan or tray.
  49. brush some olive oil on the pizza base.
  50. next spread the tomato pizza sauce evenly.
  51. now top the pizza with the marinated paneer cubes, bell pepper, onions
  52. and tomatoes
  53. arrange the olive slices if using.
  54. sprinkle grated mozarella cheese on the top.
  55. bake the pizza in the oven for 15-20 minutes or more till the cheese has
  56. browned from top and the pizza base has been cooked.
  57. the paneer would also be cooked by then.
  58. remove and serve the paneer tikka pizza hot with tomato sauce.
if making for children, then reduce the spice quantities in the paneer tikka marinade.

you can make pizza from half of the dough and refrigerate the remaining part.

the baking time varies from oven to oven, so do keep an eye whilst the pizza is baking in the oven.

the tomato pizza sauce mentioned in the recipe can be used for two medium pizzas.
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