Vegeterian Pizza From Scratch


I had my first ever pizza at Pizza Hut about 4 years ago ( i thought this as one of the advantage of getting married)..I didn't like much. My husband knew other place where he had pizza in his bachelor days. This place made Indian style pizza..He ordered Garlic Gourmet Veggie pizza with usual coke. I wasn't very sure about this until I had one slice and got completely hooked..This was the best pizza ever.. but this shop closed with the same speed as of mine liking the pizza. I was back to square one. I thought of trying it myself at home (yeah right), instead I talked my husband into trying pizza recipes. Finally he started trying several recipes for 1 year some came out good first time and next time they were the worst pizza ever, still we were always eating whatever we made as if we had to clean up our mess:)

He kept exploring new recipes with lots of variation since that was the only thing he was doing to help me in cooking on weekend, in spite of all his failures with pizza he was learning something every time and then came one day when he made this pizza, but like always we were not very positive if we can repeat the results. But over and over this pizza turned out consistently. Here is saying which goes "A good chef is who can repeat the results" there are many people who can make it good once. The fun part of making pizza at home is that you can choose your toppings and there is no mix-up of beef and bean (as they sound same over the phone when you are getting hunger pangs). The best is controlling amount of cheese..If you haven't given a shot yet, I recommend making pizza using this recipe and see the difference for yourself. When all said and done, I am now even a big believer of "Keep trying until you succeed". In this case this trying took one year, and along the way we learned something or the other. So here are all the tricks which now works well and I am happy to share our experience.



Here is My husbands recipe with step by step pictures and instructions:-




Ingredients:

3 cups bread flour
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

For toppings:-

Capsicum, Onion, Mushroom, Olives (thinly sliced)
Mozzarella cheese 1-2 cup

Procedure:-

1. Warm the water in the microwave. Make sure it is not hot otherwise it will kill the yeast.

2. Mix yeast, honey, salt, oil and warm water together in a bowl. Leave it for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes you should see a froth appearing on this mixture. This indicates that yeast is active and it will do a great job on your dough.

3. In bowl put flour and mixture from step 2, make this into dough. You may have to adjust the water or flour as needed. When adjusting do it 1-2 tablespoons at a time.

4. After making dough cover dough with some oil so that it doesn't dry while we let it to rise or you can cover it with food wrap also.

5. For best rising, select temp as 350F and bake time one minute, turn the oven off after one minute even if it says preheat. The idea is to create a warm environment for the yeast to do its work. Cover the dough with food wrap and let dough rest inside this warm place for 1.5-2 hours. The dough will double in size.

6. Since you have now at least 1.5 hours. This is the best time to prepare toppings. I use canned olives, fresh bell peppers, Onions, mushroom etc. Also make sure you measure cheese 1 or 2 cups and leave it to thaw.

7. Punch down this dough and now form it into sphere. Grease the pizza pan with some oil and then put spherical dough in the center of pizza pan and form it into a disk. I do this by hands and not by rolling pin( you can use the rolling pin if you wish). Make it at least 12" large in diameter so make sure pizza pan is large enough. I use 15"X14" rectangle pan.

8. Let dough stand for 20 more minutes. Spread 1/2 of the cheese and then put other toppings and finally finish with remaining cheese.

9. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes at bottom most rack in oven at 450. Make sure the oven is preheated before you put the pizza in.











37 comments:

Smitha said...

Hey preety, your pics look great. i made a similar pizza over the weekend but it included chicken too. Looked quite similar to yours:) Will post it sometime soon.

Superchef said...

the pizza slice is just fabulous!! the crust looks just about right!

Pooja said...

Yummy home made pizza...looking lovely...

Varsha Vipins said...

Pretty Pretty Pizza Preety..wow that rhymes..!!:D:D ..Gorgeous pics..tempting me to try my pizza soon..:)

Varunavi said...

lol ur hubby is great cook,cheers to him.
Pizza looks fabulous.

Sanghi said...

Wow Preety.. U rock dear! Pizza looks perfect. Can i grab a piece?! Send me a parcel know???!!! :) Keep rocking!!!

Keerthana said...

Hi preety, pizza looks perfect! they look definitely better than the ones available at Pizza hut

Priya said...

Thats a gorgeous Slice Preety...crust looks amazing..

Priti said...

If you didn't mention then I would have never knew that it's home made..looks just perfect....and yummy

Sharmila said...

I don't like pizza ... but my hubby does .. and believe me it is he who makes it at home. :-)
We buy the base though. Yours looks great ... made from scratch! :-)

Asha said...

Nothing is better than homemade crust for Pizza, looks gorgeous! :)

Premyscakes said...

Preety, pizza looks professional.

sunshinemom said...

Picture perfect slice:) I like pizza hut's pizza too:), but making from scratch at home works best!

Trupti said...

wow preety pizza looks perfect it looks like Pizza Hut Pizza..lovely photos

Madhumathi said...

This is a perfect pizza.Love the golden crust and the toppings in it..Its very very yummy :)

Sophie said...

It looks like all of your efforts have paid off, the pizza looks fantastic, the crust is golden and delicious and I like the veggie topping :).

Cham said...

Really perfect ur pizza. Nothing beats homemade one :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

The pizza looks great with the toppings! Nice picture :)

Deepa Hari said...

Pizza looks perfect and delicious Preety....exactly like the ones made by professionals...good job.

DEESHA said...

that looks extremely gorgeous .. I love Indian style Pizzas too .. pics are beautiful

Ann said...

Oh My,what a gorgeous pizza with such a wonderful click !! Loved this one Preety..great work

Usha said...

This pizza looks perfect Preety ! Nothing like made from scratch crust for pizza :-)

Poornima Nair said...

I make pizza often, but never from scratch...love the photos and the pizza is making me drool.

Malar Gandhi said...

Love pizza but never made them from scratch. looks fabulous.

Priya Sriram said...

You are awesome Preety! Preparing from scratch is really inspiring... and it looks so lovely! :)

Archy said...

Veg pizza looks so gud.. Even i make the same way!! with lots of veggy :)!! mouth watering pic !!

Vibaas said...

Perfect pizza! Yum!!

Prathibha said...

wow..perfect pizza crust...I also make pizza at home,but with readily available bases..:)

Shama Nagarajan said...

pizza looks gorgeous......am drooling here...

Padma Gopinath said...

wow.. looks gr8... Yummy !!

Uma said...

Wow, what a perfect pizza! I can't believe it's home made!

sriharivatsan said...

Pizza looks gorgeous and perfect...Very professional touch!!!

Vicky Xavier. said...

Pizza looks gorgeous dear. yummy.

Make the Impossible...Possible said...

A new comer to your blog.....

Your pizza looks the same as we get from one of the pizza huts!!! Great da, looks yum and fabulour pictures...
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raman said...

hi preety
i just found your blog while visiting some other blogs and was very happy to see authentic punjabi recipes .me too as punjabi love to cook and ur pizza looks tempting ,will try soon

nivedita said...

Hi Preety,
Lovely presentation to make Pizza at home. I will try for sure as we do not have Pizza Hut or Pizza in or any Pizza corners in my city.
You got lovely space.
Thanks for the comments in my blog.

Rachel Page said...

I might get cracking on some pizza dough tonight now you've put the idea in my mind.

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