Italian Veggie Potato

Last weak it was all about Holi festival, meaning lot’s of food and fun with colors. After having sweet Chandrakala and fried Spicy Samosas along with other festival food, today I was in mood to make something healthy and easy-to-make breakfast.

A look inside my fridge gave me a bowl of home-made cottage cheese (paneer) and some boiled potatoes. Just before closing the fridge I also caught glance of jar of home-made pizza sauce.

Last weak I got tomatoes at reasonable rate, so had made pizza sauce and kept it in fridge – it always comes handy. So, with these ingredients I thought why not try something new with Italian flavor.

Fortunately, the attempt was successful as it was loved by all in my family. Happy smiles on everyone’s face encouraged me to share this simple yet healthy recipe. It’s nutritious and if you have boiled potato and cottage cheese ready with you then it gets ready in no time.

Italian Veggie Potato

Here is the list of ingredients:

  • Chopped onion: ¼ cup
  • Chopped capsicum: ¼ cup
  • Chopped tomatoes: ½ cup
  • Chopped boiled potatoes: ½ cup
  • Cottage cheese: ½ cup
  • Pizza sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil: 1 tbsp
  • Oregano: ½ tsp
  • Black pepper: ¼ tsp
  • Salt as per taste

Italian Veggie Potato - Ingredients

Procedure

  • Toss the chopped onions, capsicum and tomatoes in olive oil on medium flame. Once the vegetables become tender, add chopped boiled potatoes. You can very well add vegetables of your choice. Anything like carrots, cabbage, olives, corn will also blend beautifully.

Italian Veggie Potato - Tossing

I had only these vegetables available today, so went ahead with these only. No matter how much I plan in night for the next day’s breakfast, what gets finally on table is decided once I get in kitchen and say good morning to fridge. 🙂

  • Add some pizza sauce. I have used home-made pizza sauce here. You can alternatively go with tomato ketchup as well. Mix thoroughly and add cottage cheese. Again, you can also add paneer cubes or cheese of your choice. It’s your dish, personalize it the way you want.
  • Sprinkle some oregano, black pepper and salt. Blend everything together and your dish is ready.

Italian Veggie Potato - Seasoning

Serve immediately. You can serve it with bread toast. In my opinion, this dish is versatile enough to be munched on its own or served as a side-dish or as a sabzi.

Italian Veggie Potato - ready to be served

I had leftover of this dish, so we had it in our lunch with multi-grain paratha and it tasted good.

If you happen to like it do suggest me a better name for it – I still feel it can be called something better. For me making a recipe is easier than naming it. So please help! 🙂

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Whole-wheat Pizza with Wholesome Health

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. 🙂

Home-made PizzaOrdering a large pizza with topping of your choice easily costs around Rs 1000 including taxes. While, making a same sized pizza at home will cost no more than Rs 100. So, isn’t it economical too!

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.

Ingredients

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

For Topping:

  • 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

Procedure

  • 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.
Activated Yeast
Activated Yeast
  • 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.

Pizza dough-making

  • Gently press the dough and remove the air. Roll a big circular roti – keep it ¼” thick and size could be 8-10” approx.

Topping:

  • 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.

Pizza topping

  • Add little bit of grated mozzarella cheese.

Pizza topping with cheese

  • Sprinkle olive oil. This gives a crisp golden color to top crust of cheese and vegetables on baking.

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.

Pizza ready-to-eatDo I need to tell that it has to be served immediately after taking it out of oven. 🙂 Once you make it at home, I am sure just like me you will forget eating pizza ordered from outside.

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.

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