Homemade Pizza from scratch
Aadi was sick,so she stayed away from school. When I asked her what she wanted to eat for lunch,her answer was,”can we go to a restaurant?” I said no..”Can we get takeaway?” I said No! Can we get Maccas? I said,N.O. She went to ask SD,who was also home that day. “Papa,Mumma says we can’t eat out..can we go get something from outside?” Obviously SD said no too..She started to whine and SD lost it and told her..”That’s it..No more eating out till MARCH!” And her face fell,the lower lip started quiver and the tears started flowing.When I asked her why she was crying,out came a jumbled mess of words..”But its not fair,I don’t get to eat out,I will miss out on the treats..”blah blah…So,we tried to tell her our reasons..its not healthy,we need to save money,etc.And we reached a compromise that whatever she wants to eat,she can tell me and I’ll make that for her.So,yesterday,she wanted to eat a pizza.
I found this recipe from Kidspot and it looked simple enough. Best of all,I had ALL the ingredients it called for- Self raising flour and Yogurt! You read that right..it uses only 2 ingredients.But I tweaked the proportions a little. This is what I used-
2 cups self raising flour
1.5 cup greek yogurt.
warm water,if required.
1-2 tsp olive oil.
Take the flour and yogurt in a bowl and start kneading.Add warm water,only if required. Once the dough comes together,take the olive oil on your palms and rub it nicely into the dough,making a smooth ball.
Cover with cling wrap and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
Once the dough has risen, punch it and let it rest for another 10 minutes. [If you are not going to use it immediately,put in the fridge till you are ready to use it ]
Divide the dough into 8 equal sized balls and roll in to round discs. Take a fork and poke holes in the base.
Spread some pizza sauce on the base,add toppings of your choice and cover with shredded mozzarella.
Bake in the oven at 180 deg ,till the cheese is melted. At this stage,I transfer the pizza to a pan,getting heated on a low heat,and let the base get crispy. Serve hot!
For the toppings we did-1) plain cheese
2) Mixed vegetables( A pan-charred mix capsicum,onions and broccoli)
For the Sauce(This is my mum’s recipe):
3 large tomatoes + 2 garlic cloves(pureed)
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp red chili powder
Salt to taste.
Heat oil in a pan,add the red chili powder.When the oil starts to get foamy,add the sugar and the tomato puree followed by the salt. Mix well and let it cook on a medium flame till all the water from the tomatoes dries up and you are left with a thick sauce.