Nothing special, but just fulfilling my children’s demands gives me so much happiness. So I prepared Pizza for their tiffin.
Ingredients for the pizza base : (A)
- Flour 2 1/2 cups
- Dry yeast 1 1/2 tsp
- Sugar 1 tsp.
- Salt 1/2 tsp
- Oil 2 tbs
- Lukewarm water to knead as required. (I used about 1 1/2 cup)
Ingredients for topping: (B)
- 1 Green capsicum cut into juliens
- 1 packet chicken sausages cut lengthwise
- Cheese 1/2 cup of your choice (you can mix different types of cheeses)
- Tomato based sauce 1/2 cup
- Italian seasonings 1 tbs. (Mixed herbs)
- 2 Onions cut into rounds
- Black olives cut into rounds 1/4 cup
Ingredients for tomato based sauce: (C)
- 1 cup tomato puree
- 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 5-6 leaves basil
- 4-5 tbs Olive oil
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
Method for pizza preparation (A): In 1/2 cup lukewarm water add sugar and yeast. Stir and keep aside in a warm place to activate aside for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes you will see the mixture has become frothy and doubled in volume. Now in a bowl add flour and make a well in the middle of the flour. Now add the salt, the yeast mixture and keep adding little by little the lukewarm water. Try to get the dough together and make a smooth dough. Add the remaining lukewarm and mix well to form a smooth dough. Now scrape the sides of the bowl and add the dough if any to the dough. Add the olive oil and cover the dough with the oil.
Cover the bowl and keep aside in a warm place for atleast 1 hour for the yeast to activate the dough. After 1 hour you will see the dough has doubled and risen.
Remove the dough from the bowl onto the table counter and punch the dough knocking off the air. Now bring the dough together and knead. Apply flour if the dough is too sticky and knead again. Then bang the dough again. Now smooth the dough into a round ball. Repeat this process for 3-4 times. With your fingers poke the dough. When it springs back it means your dough is ready to use. Divide the dough using a knife to cut the dough. Don’t tear the dough by hand as this breaks down the gluten. Shape the dough into a round ball. Now roll the dough with a rolling pin or flatten it out with your finger tips. (I have kept the base medium width about 1/2″ in height)
Method for tomato based sauce (C): In a non-stick vessel add olive oil. Let it become hot then add the chopped garlic and saute for a minute. Now add the onion and saute till they become soft and translucent. Now add the puree and cover and cook for 5 minutes. The tomato puree will become thick. Now add salt, sugar and stir for a minute. Add the basil and switch off the gas.
For assembling the pizza prick the base with a fork all over. Now cover the base with the tomato sauce and the toppings as required. Cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven cut and enjoy.