Pizza Margherita ( Fast Foods Made Healthy Recipe)


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Pizza is a fast food that leaves lot of room for your creativity! Topped with veggies and sauces, you can have it just the way you like it. However, there are times when you wish for a simple, cheesy pizza with minimal ingredients. The Pizza Margarita comes in handy at such times. A soft crust topped with a zesty pizza sauce and smothered with a generous layer of cheese, this basil flavoured pizza is sure to impress you with its simple elegance.

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Baking Time:  25 mins.
Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F).
Makes 2 pizzas
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Ingredients


For The Pizza Base
2 cups plain flour (maida)
2 tsp (10 gms) crumbled fresh yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil or oil

For The Pizza Sauce
4 large tomatoes
2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
4 to 6 peppercorns (kalimirch)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
1/4 cup chopped capsicum
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp olive oil or oil
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
10 to 12 roughly chopped fresh basil
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
butter or for greasing

Method
For the pizza base

  1. Combine al the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and knead it into a soft dough using enough water until it is smooth and elastic (approx. 5 to 7 minutes)
  2. Add the oil and knead again
  3. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove till it doubles its volume (approx. 15 to 20 minutes)
  4. Press the dough lightly to remove the air.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
  6. Roll each portion into a circle of 250 mm. (10”) diameter and 6 mm. (¼”) thickness.

For the pizza sauce

  1. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water.
  2. Peel, cut into quarters and deseed the tomatoes.
  3. Chop them finely and keep the tomato pulp aside.
  4. Heat the oil, add the bay leaves and peppercorns and sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Add the onions, garlic and capsicum and sauté for a few minutes.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes and allow it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce reduces a little.
  7. Add the tomato puree, ketchup, sugar and salt and simmer for some more time.
  8. Finally, add the oregano and mix well. Remove the bay leaves and peppercorns and discard.

How to proceed

  1. Place one pizza base on a greased baking tray.
  2. Spread half the pizza sauce on the pizza base.
  3. Sprinkle with half the basil leaves and cheese on top of the pizza.
  4. Drizzle with half of the oil and bake in a pre heated over at 200° (400°f) for 20 minutes or until the base is evenly browned.
  5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make another pizza.
  6. Serve hot

Skilled margherita

  1. Cook the pizza in a non-stick pan instead of baking it in the oven. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a very slow flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till the base is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
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