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PIZZA STAR

I am a member of several food groups on Facebook. On one such group a member had posted this video on chilli pizza star. The ready pizza was such a visual treat that I bookmarked the video immediately. It took me a while before I got around to making it. However, I followed only the technique to get the star shape. The toppings can vary according to personal preferences. I chose to make a veg pizza.

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This is what you need

Pizza base: 1 (readymade)

Tomato purée: 3tbsp

Cheddar cheese: 1/2 cup (grated)

Mozzarella cheese: 1/2 cup (grated)

Pizza toppings of your choice. I used thinly sliced red onions, mushrooms, red peppers, pineapple and jalapeños

Seasoning: Oregano and Chilli flakes (optional)

Dipping sauce: Optional

Let’s get cooking

1. Place the pizza base on a sheet of grease proof paper.

2. Make 3 cuts with a pizza cutter in the centre of the dough,  this will create a star shape that will give you 6 triangles of dough to fold outwards towards the edge.

3. Around the outer edge of the pizza spread the tomato purée, leaving the centre untouched (where he slits end)

4. Add the onions, mushrooms, red peppers, pineapple and jalapeños.

5. Sprinkle the cheese, both cheddar and mozzarella along with oregano and chilli flakes.

6.  Slowly lift one of the triangles from the centre and overlap it with the corresponding outside edge of the pizza. Continue until you have completed the pizza.

7. Bake at around 250deg C for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and the cheese has melted.

8. Serve hot with a dip of your choice.

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Approximate preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes

Serves: 2

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WATERMELON PIZZA

This idea for a healthy fruity pizza came to my mind out of the blues. I thought it would make a very appealing and tempting snack for kids who might be fussy when it comes to eating their 5 a day portions of fruits and vegetables. I have to admit that I have one right in my house! This is very easy and quick to make too!

This is what you’ll need

Watermelon: Cut into rounds (2 full circles)

Strawberries: 2

Pineapple: 2 slices

Kiwi: 1

Blueberries: 10

Grapes: 3-4

Cashew nut pieces: To garnish

Let’s get cooking 

1. Cut the fruits into one inch pieces and keep aside.

2. Take the watermelon rounds and place them on a flat tray/ plate.

3. Spread the fruits evenly on each round.

4. Garnish with cashew nut bits. Cut into slices and serve as a snack or even a dessert!

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3-4

 

 

JHATPAT NAAN PIZZA

Another busy day and as usual suddenly realise that I had not cooked anything! Was too tired to even make anything too elaborate. Had some Naan bread at home and with a few of my favourite toppings and cheese popped it into the oven for a quick, tasty meal! Works well as a quick evening snack for the kids. 😀

This is what you’ll need

For the base

Naan bread: 2 (you can even use mini naans. The kids enjoy that)

For the topping

Red onion: 1 (sliced)

Tomato puree: 4tbsp

Mushrooms: 6-8 (sliced)

Pineapple: 4 slices

Green chilli: 1 (chopped)

Chilli flakes: 1tsp

Mozzarella cheese: 4-6tbsp

Salt and pepper to taste.

Let’s get cooking

1. Apply the tomato puree on the naan bases. Sprinkle a little cheese on top.

2. Add the toppings, onions, mushrooms, pineapple and green chillies. ( Or any other toppings of your choice)

3.  Sprinkle the top with the rest of the grated cheese.

8. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese melts.

9. Cut into slices and serve hot. Add spices of your choice, like pepper powder, chilli flakes or oregano.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes.

Serves: 2

* Non vegetarian toppings like pepperoni, chicken and prawns can also be added.

 

SANDWICH FILLING/PIZZA TOPPING

This is what you’ll need

Onions: 2

Tomatoes: 2

Green pepper: 1

Ajwain: ½tsp

Chilli powder: 1tsp

Turmeric powder: ¼tsp

Cheese: 4tbsp

Salt and pepper to taste

Let’s get cooking

1. Slice the onions, tomatoes and the peppers.

2. Grate the cheese.

3. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the ajwain. Then add the onions and sauté.

4. When they become transparent add the sliced tomatoes and peppers, along with the chilli and turmeric powder. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and pulpy.

5. Use this filling between bread slices with grated cheese and grill.

6. Alternately spread on a pizza base and bake in an oven at 200 degrees C until the cheese melts.

Approximate preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes

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