I had this Pizza concept in mind for a long time now which is based on the indian street food chaat and this is my opportunity to give it a try. I am more than pleased with the results. I used the ‘green chutney’ from the chaat as a pizza base sauce and also topped the pizza with crispy ‘papdi’ and a dash of ‘meeta chutney’ or tamarind and date chutney.
The pizza is spicy, sweet, tangy, crunchy, soft, cheesy altogether Deeeelicious. Do give it a go.
For Pizza Dough:
3 Cups Plain flour
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp Chilli flakes
2 Tbsp Active yeast
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Sugar
For the pizza Sauce:
Green Chutney :
1 Cup Mint leaves
1/2 Cup Coriander/Cilantro
6 Green chillies
1 Tbsp lemon Juice
1 Tsp Tamarind Paste
1 Tsp Grated jaggery or Mascavado sugar
Pinch of Salt
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
For the Toppings:
Chopped Yellow Peppers
Chopped Red peppers
Mozzarella Cheese Pearls or Grated
Pizza Dough :
Prepare the yeast by dissolving the sugar and yeast in 250 ml of warm water and leave to rest for 5 mins untill the yeast is active and frothy.
Mix the olive oil , chilli flakes and salt in the flour.
Combine the yeast solution along with some more water if required and knead the dough to a soft consistency. knead the dough at least for 5 mins. Leave it to rest in a warm and dry place for 30 mins.
The dough should be almost double the size after 30 mins. knead the dough again very well for 10 mins and leave it to rise for 30 mins again. Knead the dough again and divide the dough with a dough knife or a worktop scraper into 2 or 3 portions according to the size of the pizzas you need. Use plain flour for dusting and start shaping the dough to form a circle using your fist. Use your knuckles to form a rounded circumference. Lift the pizza base on to the stone, mesh or the pan you are baking and prepare to start topping. I made this pizza on a mesh and is my favourite method.
For a stuffed Crust Pizza:
Just use mozzarella cheese along the sides and fold the sides of the pizza. I used grated cheese , but the natural mozzarella balls can be handled more easily to wrap the edges.
Mix the mint, coriander, green chillies and grind them to a fine mixture. Add salt and lemon juice.
Blanch the dates along with the tamarind paste with little water till it forms a smooth paste. Process it in a food processor if the mixture is not smooth enough. Run the mixture through a filter which will give you a smooth puree.
Add the salt, coriander powder, cumin powder and mix.
Assembling the Pizza:
Spoon the green chutney on the pizza generously, top it up with the peppers and mushrooms. crush the papdi and place them on the pizza. Top it up with mozzarella cheese and finally drizzle the tamarind sauce. Bake the pizza for 15 mins celsius.
Enjoy hot pizza and relish the flavours coming through. Feel the heat of green chillies, the freshness of mint from the base, the crunch of the papdi and the slight sweet and tangy -ness of the tamarind sauce. I just Love it ! You will too…