Pizza – A healthier version too!


Ingredients :

Whole wheat flour and All purpose flour ( Maida) 1 cup ( 250 g) each, yeast rapid rise or highly active 1 packet, Oil 3 Tbsp, salt 1 tsp and sugar 1 tsp, warm water for the dough.

Onions 1/2 cup thinly sliced, Bell peppers or capsicum 1/2 cup thinly sliced, mushroom 1/2 cup thinly sliced, olives green or balck sliced for toppings. Can add spinach or pineapple or jalapeno peppers too for toppings. Mozzarella shredded cheese 2 cups.

Shredded onions and tomatoes 2 cups, black pepper, shredded garlic and Italian seasoning 1 tsp each for the pizza sauce.

Preparation :

1. Mix sugar in a 1/2 glass of warm water and let is dissolve. Add the whole pack (2 1/2 tsp) of yeast to it . If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast and the dough will not rise and be soft.

2. Add the yeast to the flour and add the salt, oil and warm water to it to make the dough. The dough should be really sticky to your touch.

3. Let it stand for 2 hours with intermittent forking the dough that has risen with a fork about twice in between. Meanwhile saute the onions and tomatoes with the salt, garlic, black pepper and Italian seasoning until the tomatoes shrink to form the sauce.

4. Saute the above vegetables separately in a pan and keep it aside for the toppings.

5. Roll the dough with your hands ( with oil creased on your palms so it does on keep sticking on your hands) on a Pizza baking plate. Spread the tomato sauce, then vegetables as toppings and shredded cheese over it. Bake it in the oven at 450 for 20 mins.

For a healthier version make the dough little thin like Indian flat bread ( Chapathi) and add sauce and vegetable but no cheese and fold it into a half circle as shown in the second figure and bake.Kids tested and approved the healthier version as well. They loved it. For the dough use only whole grain flours and not all purpose flour to make 100% healthier version with low glycemic index so even people with diabetes can enjoy Pizza. To retain the nutritional value of vegetables bake at no more than 250 for 35 to 40 minutes. That way you know you are eating your favorites without eating dead food devoid of nutrients.


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