Everybody loves a good pizza, and this Indian vegetable pizza has got to be the best of them all. With a chewy crust and unforgettable flavors, what’s not to love?
This recipe is sure to become a favorite in any household. It’s so rich, and the flavors are perfectly balanced. Pair this pizza with a nutritious salad and you have a healthy, easy, and delicious meal.
A Flavorful Dish Everyone Will Love
Making pizza at home isn’t hard at all, and it’s so much healthier than just ordering a pizza. Making really great pizza at home is also one of the surest ways to please a crowd. This simple, flavor-packed pizza begins with a basic pizza dough that has a bag of holy basil tea mixed into it.
The cheese used in this recipe is not your typical mozzarella. In this pizza, we use paneer cheese, a fresh cheese commonly found in Indian dishes. Paneer is also sometimes called farmer’s cheese or chhena. Not all grocery chains carry it, so if you have a hard time finding it, try making it at home. For this recipe, crumble it into pieces that are small enough to melt.
Once you have the dough, sauce, and cheese prepped and ready to go, this delicious pizza can be topped with colorful bell peppers, sliced yellow onion, and a light sprinkle of dried oregano.
Variations on This Recipe
Just like any pizza, you can add virtually any topping you’d like. Some other things you can top your pizza with include sliced olives and jalapeños or banana peppers to add a little bit of heat. You can also add hot sauce, ground cayenne pepper, or Sriracha to the sauce to make it spicy.
The holy basil tea provides the pizza dough with so much flavor, and adding onion powder or garlic powder to the mix would only add to how flavorful this pizza is.
For personal pizzas, divide the pizza dough into two or three pieces and continue the pizza normally. You’ll need to reduce the bake time though, so keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Holy Basil Tea Benefits
This basil variety is native to India and has a strong flavor and scent. The name references its significance in Indian culture, where the herb is regarded as the sacred incarnation of a Hindu goddess. It is also known as tulsi and has been cultivated in India for over 3,000 years.
Holy basil tea can provide a natural boost of important micronutrients and antioxidants. The flavor and nutrition it lends is an important part of this pizza, and that’s why adding a bag to the sauce and dough is so crucial.
This recipe makes 1 medium-sized pizza, but it can easily be doubled or tripled to accommodate your needs.
Holy Basil Indian Vegetable Pizza
Ingredients & Instructions:
For the Dough:
- 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
- ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° F)
- ½ pound all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 bag Buddha Teas Holy Basil Tea
For the Pizza:
- ½ cup tomato sauce (add more if necessary)
- 1 bag Buddha Teas Holy Basil Tea
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound paneer cheese
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper
- 1 small green bell pepper
- ½ small yellow onion
- Dried oregano
Prepare the Pizza Dough
Pour the warm water into a medium-sized bowl, and sprinkle in the yeast, sugar, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Give it a little stir and let sit for 10 minutes to proof.
After the mixture is done proofing (mixture will be foamy), add in the flour, salt, and tea bag. Stir with a spoon until the dough starts to come together. Then transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes. Add more flour as needed. Shape dough into a ball.
Place the dough into a greased bowl and loosely cover the bowl with a small towel. Let dough rest for one hour in a warm place, or until dough has doubled in size.
Preheat your oven to 475° F.
Punch down the dough and place on a pizza stone or pizza pan. Using your fingers, spread the pizza to the desired size and thickness (10 to 12 inches in diameter).
Make the Sauce
In a small saucepan on medium heat, mix together the tomato sauce, holy basil tea, garam masala, and salt. Heat up sauce for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Next, pour the entire contents of the pan into the middle of the pizza. Spread evenly using a rubber spatula, leaving a 1-inch margin around the edge for the crust.
Prepare the Toppings
Crumble your paneer cheese. Cut the bell peppers and onions into slices. Prepare any other additional toppings as well.
Sprinkle the cheese onto the pizza and place your sliced vegetables on the pizza. Place additional toppings on the pizza, if applicable. Sprinkle a little bit of dried oregano onto the pizza and place the pizza into the oven.
Bake for 12 to 16 minutes or until pizza is browned and toppings are cooked.
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