Tandoori paneer pizza

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: pizza | Tags: , |

Truly Indian an exiting fusion of Italian and Indian tastes.

Baking Time : 30 mins.
Cooking Time : 3 to 5 mins.
Preparation Time : 20 mins.
Baking Temperature : 200°C (400°F).

Makes 2 pizzas.

2 pizza bases [200 mm.(8″)]
¼ cup tomato ketchup
2 tbsp tomato chilli sauce
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Butter for greasing and glazing
For the tandoori paneer topping
1 cup paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
¼ cup capsicum cubes
¼ cup tomatoes, desseeded and cubed
¼ cup onion cubes
1 tablespoon fresh cream
Other ingredients
2 coals (koyla)
1 teaspoon oil
To be mixed into a marinade
1/3 cup curds
1 teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi), roasted and powdered
2 teaspoons gingergarlic paste
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
2 teaspoon butter
Salt to taste
For the tandoori paneer topping
1. Marinate the paneer, capsicum and tomato cubes in the prepared marinade for about 30 minutes.
2. Heat the butter in a saucepan, add the onion cubes and saute for sometime.
3. Add the marinated paneer, capsicum and tomatoes and fresh cream and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Remove from the fire and transfer to a bowl. Keep aside.
5. Meanwhile, heat the coals on an open flame to ignite them.
6. Transfer to a small katori (bowl) with the help of a pair of tongs.
7. Place this katori (bowl) in the bowl containing the topping mixture.
8. Pour oil on the ignited coal and cover the bigger bowl with a lid.
9. Keep aside for about five minutes and then remove the lid and discard the small katori. this process is called smoking and it imparts the typical tandoori taste to the dish.
10. Divide into 2 equal portions. Keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Place one pizza base on a greased baking tray.
2. Spread some tomato sauce and tomato chilli sauce on it.
3. Spread half the tandoori paneer filling over the base.
4. Sprinkle half of the cheese on top.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 to 15 minutes or till the base is evenly browned and the chese melts.
6. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make another pizza.
7. Serve hot.

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