I simply love pizza and can have it all days of the week and that too without getting bored. Let me tell you, just after my marriage, there was a time when we used to order pizza every weekend.
However, very soon I realized extra fat I was piling on was the result of my love for unhealthy ready-made refined flour pizza. But, I couldn’t deprive myself from relishing my favorite pizza, so thought why not give it a healthy twist.
This is when I started making pizza at home. It’s completely home-made – from pizza base to pizza sauce. It’s actually pretty simple. Frankly speaking, I find it easier than making regular roti-sabzi. 🙂
Making pizza at home gives me additional satisfaction that my father-in-law who don’t prefer eating ready-made pizza, now enjoys home-made fresh pizza.
I use whole-wheat flour for pizza base and home-made cottage cheese (paneer) for topping, so my mother-in-law says, it’s like healthy roti and paneer ki sabzi but with an Italian twist.
Ok, so let’s get into the actual recipe for making pizza at home.
For whole-wheat pizza base:
- Whole wheat flour (gehun ka attaa): 1 cup
- Sugar: 1/2 tsp
- Salt: 1/2 tsp
- Olive oil: 2 tsp
- Dry yeast: 1 tsp
- Water to knead dough
- You can take diced vegetable of your choice, like – tomato, onion, capsicum, olives. Boiled corn or baby corn tastes good.
- Olive oil: 1 tsp
- Grated mozzarella cheese: just a little bit
- Take ¼ cup warm water in a bowl, and add sugar and yeast to it. Keep stirring and this will activate yeast. After sugar has dissolved, cover the bowl and keep it in a warm place for 15 minutes. Make sure water is just warm. If it’s hot or cold, yeast will not activate.
- After 15 min you will notice froth has developed. It’s a good sign which means yeast has activated.
- Add olive oil and salt to flour and mix thoroughly. Add frothy yeast to flour and mix gently applying little pressure with hands.
- Slowly add water if required and knead soft dough. I use whey protein (a by-product of home-made cottage cheese) to knead dough for pizza. It makes pizza nutritive and softens the pizza base.
- Cover dough with a wet muslin cloth and leave it to prove for 15-20 minutes. This increases the volume of dough.
- Gently press the dough and remove the air. Roll a big circular roti – keep it ¼” thick and size could be 8-10” approx.
- Place the pizza base on greased baking tray. Spread the tomato sauce on the top. Then add the vegetable topping of your choice. Sprinkle some generous amount of home-made cottage cheese.
- Add little bit of grated mozzarella cheese.
- Sprinkle olive oil. This gives a crisp golden color to top crust of cheese and vegetables on baking.
- Bake in a preheat oven at 180 degree centigrade for 20 minutes. Baking time differs depending on the oven. So, you just have to make sure that base is evenly brown, therefore keep an eye on your oven.
The goodness of whole wheat and home-made cottage cheese makes a pizza a healthy lunch or dinner option. No guilty pangs after eating them, but pure satisfaction of eating healthy home-made food.