April 08, 2007

Homemade Veggie Pizza!

Even after three years in Buffalo, we've haven't found a pizza place comparable to our favorite joint in Cambridge, MA (Emma's Pizza). We've tried different places, but there was always something not-quite-right; the thin-crust delights that we could create at Emma's had become our benchmark. So last evening, while grocery shopping, we decided it was time we tried to bake our own pizza! We picked up the ingredients and got to work. And in a few hours, we were gobbling down one slice after another and washing it all down with red zinfandel. Our kitchen is now our pizza joint!

We made two 8-inch pizzas with different toppings - here's the recipe for one of them.

For pizza base:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp live active yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup warm water

For tomato sauce:
1 can tomato puree
1/4 tsp Oregano (fresh or dried)
1/4 tsp Rosemary (fresh or dried)
2 cloves Garlic, minced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper, ground
Salt to taste

1/2 green bell pepper
1 green scallion
6 black olives
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese

For the pizza base:
Add sugar and live yeast to the warm water. Leave this aside for 8-10 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface.

Add salt and olive oil to the flour, and add the water and knead for 8-10 minutes till you have a soft, wet dough. Add a few drops of olive oil to a bowl, wrap the dough in plastic and leave it in this bowl for 1-2 hours (until the dough doubles in size). If it's cold, you can heat the oven to 150deg F and turn it off. Place the dough in the oven.

For the tomato sauce:
Heat some olive oil in a saucepan, and temper it with rosemary, oregano, and minced garlic. To this, add the tomato sauce, some water, and cook on low heat till it forms a thick sauce. Add finely chopped cilantro and remove from heat.

Assembling the pizza:

Spread some whole wheat flour or cornmeal on a wooden surface, and flatten the dough with your hands.

Spread the sauce evenly on the flattened dough.

Arrange your toppings - we sprinkled cheese, and then layered the pizza with bell peppers, olives, and green scallion and topped it all with a little more cheese.

In the meantime, pre-heat the oven (with the baking sheet in there) to 450deg F for 30 minutes. Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes until the crust is brown and the cheese appears golden.

Serve warm!


  1. This is mouthwatering Mandira. Neat presentation. Viji

  2. We love Pizza too,made a veg pizza for T's event last weeekend.Looks good Mandira.

  3. that is one good lookin' pizza....I have been in search of that *perfect* pizza recipe too....but to no avail, there's always something missing, must give this a try and let you know!


  4. I always buy pizza dough and make it Mandira.. haven't tried the crust myself cos Iam not sure how it would turn out.Urs look lovely and I think I can the recipe too. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Until I tried making the dough at home, I never knew pizza making is so easy..that too we can have N number of toppings too..but my recipe doesnt call for ur wheat flour,so should try this one and see the difference:)


  6. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Mandira gets all the compliments, having your corner doesn't work huh :)? Pizza looks yummy, one more reason to visit you guys ASAP.


  7. hey that pizza sure looks good!!
    all from sctatch and after all that hard work must have tasted delicious!!


  8. And he bakes, too. Don't let him go too far, Mandira. :)

    I like the addition of whole wheat flour to the pizza dough. Did it make any difference to the base? I know, the search for the best pizza never ends...[sigh]

  9. Thank you all! We weren't sure how this would turn out, but it was fun and it turned out well in the end.

    We were experimenting with the dough, and we like the taste of whole wheat. It doesn't make the crust too crispy, but then, you can tell yourself you're being healthy and that the whole wheat balances out all the cheese :)

    Ramya - yes, plan that trip soon!

  10. Yowza--that looks fabulous Mandira! I haven't made pizza in some time--and you have inspired me to do so.

  11. looks so yummy !
    thanks for sharing

  12. Mandira, we are still searching for that tasty pizza, your look it might be it. We are headed over to Mandira's Pizza joint.

  13. A makes great Pizza Manira. Shall send you my entries by tonight

  14. I too make the same way.yummy looking pizza.

  15. Coffee11:37 PM

    Home made pizza's are mouthwatering!!!!! We rarely order pizza from outside after making them at home!!!!!

    Yours looks delicious!! :)

  16. thanks for the great recipe

  17. Thank you all for the comments!

    Coffee - we're converts too now, no more ordering pizza on the phone!

  18. Nandita11:13 AM

    Hi! Thanks a ton for posting these recipes. I'm newly married, and don't know much about cooking. So, these recipes are a big help. I'm Indian, now in Canada with my husband, and am new to stove ovens. In the pizza recipe, Aswin advised to pre-heat the oven 450 F for 30 minutes--have I got it right? I let the oven hear for 30 minutes at 450 F and then put the dough in for baking? Looking forward to your reply, and will then soon set upon baking a pizza at home! Thanks once for this great help.

  19. mythri10:10 AM

    Hi Aswin!!
    that's a lovely recipe u've put up!! I was very tempted to try it out.. But when i went to buy yeast, i couldnt find live yeast.Instead I bought istant dried yeast. Does this bring any change in ur procedure??If yes, could you please tell what. And also, can u please tell why should we wrap the dough in plastic and put it in a bowl which has a few drops of olive oil in it?? And lastly, my oven here is in celsius.. so could you please tell the temperatures in celsius?? I hope I'm not troubling much. Thank You.

  20. Shrutika9:21 AM

    that looks delecious !


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