Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Multigrain Tandoori Pizza with Paneer Tikka - Made by Papa

Isn't it thrilling to get a home baked pizza not by 'Papa Johns' but your own loving and caring dad, that too in your own little hut. This weekend just out of curiosity my little one asked my husband, why dont you cook as often as mommy does. My husband gave him a warm smile and said he will be back in a short while with a surprise. He is a decent chef, who comes out with fulfilling dishes, sometimes tempering with ready to eats and at times with baking amazing pasta n desserts, right from scratch. This time he took up a challenge at home and baked multigrain pizza topped with tandoori paneer all by himself. The pizza was totally out of the world and when I and my kiddo saw it, we just uttered one word, PERFECTO.... !
When we were baking this pizza, I had reminiscences of the first pizza I ever had - Home Made Bread Pizza. At that point of time, I never thought that some day down the line we will be baking our own crust and prepare a fusion inspired Indian curry based seasoning.

So, here is our version of Pizza loaded with goodness of grains and topped with grilled tandoori paneer & garden fresh veggies ...!

Ingredients of Pizza Dough:
Whole Wheat flour: 1/2 cup
All Purpose Flour: 1/2 cup
Oat meal: 1/4 cup
Corn meal: 1/4 cup
Semolina: 1/4 cup
Yeast: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Sugar:1 tsp
Olive Oil: 1tsp
Warm Water: 1/2 cup (add as required)

Method to Prepare Pizza Dough & Crust:
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. 
Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine all the flours, olive oil, salt, sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. 
Knead well until a stiff dough has formed. 
Cover the dough until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. 
Turn dough out onto a well floured surface and knead it once again.
Form dough into a round ball and roll out into a pizza crust shape (thin flattened round shape)

Ingredients for Pizza Topping:
Paneer: 250 gms
Onion: 1
Capsicum: 1
Tomatoes : 2
Yogurt: 1/4 cup
Salt, Paprika: to taste
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala: a pinch
Fresh Parsley: few sprigs
Olive Oil: 1/2 tsp
Freshly Grated Mozzarella Cheese: 1/2 cup
Chaat Masala: 1/2 Tsp

Method to Prepare Tandoori sauce & Marinade:
Heat olive oil in a pan and add ginger garlic, salt, paprika with a dash of garam masala, saute for few seconds. 
In a bowl, whip the yogurt and add the seasoning prepared above to the yogurt. 

If you want to make the Tadoori Sauce Spicy, you can add some freshly chopped green chilly & can also add some fresh cilantro/parsley to add some flavor. Mix well & our Tandoor sauce is ready.

Cut Paneer and all vegetables into cube chunks approx 1inch X 1 inch.
Divide Tandoori sauce in to two bowls.
Now add Paneer and vegetable into one bowl.
Mix well and add bell pepper, tomato, onion and Paneer chunks.
Cover the bowl and keep in refrigerator for at least 45-60 minutes. 

Take the 2nd bowl of tandoori sauce & generously spread it over the pizza crust.
Leave aside for 15 mins as we grill our Paneer Tikka in the meantime.

Take a wooden skewer and put veggies in a sequence - bell peppers, onion, tomato, paneer.
Repeat the process to make more skewers.
Heat olive a non stick pan,  slowly lay all the skewers in the pan and cook at medium heat.
Keep turning skewers around after every minute to ensure all 4 sides are cooked for atleast 3 to 4 mins but do not burn. 

When the skewers start turning light brown & start developing smoky flavor, turn the heat down & remove them into a plate. It's not a bad idea to digg into your paneer tikka at this stage ;-)
If you can resist, once the tikka cools down a bit, remove grilled chunks of veggies & paneer from skewers and evenly spread them over the the waiting pizza base.

Now our pizza is ready to go into the oven.
Sprinkle some olive oil on the top, followed by some freshly ground mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 F.

A piping hot pizza straight from the oven is Simply Sensational...!
Sprinkle some chat masala on top to add some Tang.

Nonetheless, whether you bake the pizza or take it out, the Verdict for the Pizza is  - it is 'Scrumptious' in flavor and can be savored in all the seasons for any reason...!!! 

So Papa was successful in his challenge. But now the baby gets a challenge to finish the PIZZA PUZZLE in his Play Hut....!!!!!

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