My very first memory of a pizza was from the year 2000. The world was waiting for the millennium year and I also wanted to celebrate it in my own way. In the small town of Allahabad, pizza was a thing of major curiosities. Most of the people had not even heard of pizza at that time and those who did, had no idea what exactly it is. To give my family an overall feel I decided to buy a pizza ,from a nearby bakery, to celebrate the onset of the millennium year.
A small regular sized pizza costed me Rs.49 bucks and in the year 200o, spending such a amount on outside food was a major concern for everyone as we used to have home cooked food no matter what. My father was bit angry but again as he is also a big foodie, he wanted to taste that little piece of unhealthy flour and cheese. ( P.s.- This is how he defined it when he first saw it :p )
That pizza was okiesh and not out of the world. But it gave me an idea of how to prepare it at home and we started off with our experiments a week after. Earlier ones were disaster with chewy base but after 5-6 trials, it started showing the positive results. And my father even started liking it but only the pizzas which I made at home. 🙂
A soft buttery healthy base, fresh tomato sauce, crispy grilled toppings , perfectly molten cheese and aromatic dried herbs. After writing this description the only thing which came into my mind was — Can I have this pizza right now?? Heart said Yes but Mind said No! It’s 12 am in India and I am craving for this delicious Italian treat. Nevermind. I will have it tomorrow morning :p to avoid that fattening cheese at the moment.
Preparation time: 2 hr
Cooking time: 40 mins
For pizza dough
- Multi grain flour / APF flour – 1 Cup
- Instant Yeast- 1/2 tsp ( I use Bluebird or Topsal brand)
- Sugar- 1/2 tsp
- Baking powder- A pinch
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
For pizza sauce
- Fresh tomatoes – pureed – 1 cup
- Sliced onions – 1 cup
- Garlic minced – 1 tsp
- Black pepper
- Tomato ketchup
- Baby corns
- Basil leaves
- Any other toppings of your choice
- Regular Cheese
- Mozzarella Cheese
Warm water slightly. ( 15 secs in MW) Mix sugar in it. Sprinkle Yeast. Mix it slightly. Cover it and put it in warm place for 15 mins. Once the yeast is proved ( i.e. mixture becomes frothy) mix it in flour (along with baking powder and salt) and knead a dough. Knead it for at least 10 mins. Brush it with olive oil and keep it in warm place for at least 45 mins. Dough will rise to double its size. Now knead it lightly once more and keep it away for 10 more minutes. Dough is ready.
Make two balls out of the dough and roll them to a thin round circle. Take a fork and pinch the dough roll all over. Brush some olive oil all over the dough. Bake the same for 7 mins at 150 degrees in the oven. Pizza base is ready.
Put some olive oil in a wok. Fry garlic and onions. Add tomato puree. Add black pepper, salt and oregano. Add a pinch of sugar and tomato ketchup.
Take the pizza base and grate a layer of regular cheese over it. Spread pizza sauce and arrange the desired toppings upon it. Cover it with the grated Mozzarella cheese. Bake it for 12 mins in the oven at 180 degrees.