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Vegetable Pizza

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Originating in a part of Italian cuisine, the dish has become popular in many different parts of the world. Who doesn't like pizza. It makes everyone(of course irrespective of  age) carve for its melting cheese, yummy veggies, and some meat if u like...
Its too clod for us yesterday, so thought of making some hottiesss. But, i got bored with regular things, so planned to make pizza.
The spice they use to make pizza delicious  is from India,i.e marjoram/maruvam/oregano. Not only jus maruvam, but also, Basil, which come sunder tulasi family.. These two spices makes pizza so delicious. Of course, we gave so much to world to learn , may be this spices are one of thoseee....... sorry two of thoseeeeeeee many things..

Lets come to preparation part:
Source: own + web
Preparation time:30 mins
Waiting time 2 hrs
Cooking time: app.x 12 mins

All purpose flour/ maida:  3 cups + 1 cup
Active dry yeast: 4tsp
Warm water: 2 cups( not too hot, or else yeast will die)
Sugar: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1 1/2 tsp
Olive oil: 1/2 cup
Pizza Sauce: 1/2-1 cup check here
Vegetables: Ur wish( i used tomato, bell pepper/capsicum, Serrano peppers, spinach, carrots,  pineapple.)
Mozzarella cheese: For topping appx 1-2 cups
Oregano: to sprinkle
Basil: to sprinkle
Pepper:to sprinkle

Pizza stone/ flat pan/cookie sheet to bake  
Big bowl to mix dough
Small bowl
Neat kitchen towel soaked in hot water

1)  In a small bowl, pour warm water. Dissolve yeast. add sugar, salt ,1cup flour and mix it. keep this in a warm place(best in oven/where u keep yogurt) covered for 10-15 mins.
2) In a large bowl, take flour n knead it by slowly adding  the yeast mixture until dough becomes soft. Don't make it watery or too soft. It must be like naan dough.
3) When dough is ready, pour 5 tsp olive oil n make sure it covers the dough. Jus knead it for 30 secs very gently. Don't be hard on it.  
4)  Cover it with towel.( Squeeze the water from towel, n cover it) Make sure it covers all the sides. put this in a warm place for 1 hr.
5) Now, knead it again for 1min. Cover and rest for another 30 mins.

6) Mean while prepare all your veggies.

7)Apply, oil slightly to pan with brush.
8) Sprinkle flour on surface where u want to roll pizza. Take sufficient amount of dough (Depends on your pan size/ pizza stone size)  and stretch it. Now put this on your pan and stretch it in to your pan shape. Use a fork to put holes on the crust so that it cooks from bottom.( dnt put too many holes, jus randomly poke it, gently).

9) Apply sauce from center to outwards.Don't spread the sauce too much(Jus leave the edges n spread)
10)  Now, layer your veggies evenly. Sprinkle cheese evenly ( form a thick layer). Spread oil about 1-2tsp)
11) Sprinkle oregano, basil, peeper.
12) Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees
13)On medium heat, put the pan on stove for 1-2mins, or until bottom of pan i s hot( if u r using pan,do this. if it is pizza stone u can put it directly)
14)Bake for 15 mins.( u can check whether pizza is done r not by seeing the color of cheese n outer crust. The cheese should be melted n slightly brown).
15) Cool it for 10 mins n enjoy i.......
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