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Pizza has become one of the top-rated international foods in India. There are gourmet Italian restaurants in every town, regular pizzerias in every neighbourhood, and on top of that, we even see local bakeries and roadside vendors selling pizzas made of readymade pizza bases. Although pizzas are made with veg and non-veg toppings, we see a lot of vegetarian-friendly variants available everywhere. Almost everybody, from kids to elders, happen to enjoy their pizzas! The interesting part is that many of them do not even know that the pizza is an Italian dish, because it is so commonly available in India, and there are tongue-tickling Indian variants too, with tandoori paneer and kadhai- cooked veggies as toppings, seasoned with peppy masalas!
What is a pizza?
The pizza is an Italian dish, made of a flat round disc of dough topped with pizza sauce, veggies, cheese and varied seasonings. It is a one-dish meal that can easily be made at home. If you have time, you can make it entirely at home, right from the dough to the sauce. However, for those who are short of time, there are workarounds like readymade pizza base and sauces.
13 Popular Pizza Recipes
Although there is an endless variety of pizzas, and on top of that you can create your own by combining different toppings and seasonings, the following are some of the classic, evergreen pizzas commonly found in all professional pizzerias.
Pick one of these pizza breads
You can make your dough and base at home or buy readymade pizza bases. While you might not have much choice when buying readymade bread, you can make one of these interesting bases if you are doing it all at home.
How do you want to bake your pizza?
Depending on the availability of appliances and tools, pizzas can be baked in one of the following ways. Each method gives the pizza a unique flavour and texture.
|1. || Oven |
|2. || Microwave |
|3. || Tandoor |
|4. || Non-stick pan |
Put together your favourite toppings
There is no right or wrong combination of toppings as far as a pizza goes. Feel free to load your pizza with whatever is available and whatever you enjoy!
Cheesier the better; choose your cheese
A pizza is incomplete without cheese. Each type of cheese gives a different aroma, mouth-feel and taste to the pizza. You can go for one type of cheese or a combination.
Accompaniments to be served with pizzas
Even the perfect pizza can be made better by serving it with the right accompaniments, like seasonings, oils and sauces, so diners can tweak the experience to their taste! Serve your pizza with…
7 Tips to make the perfect pizza
1. The pizza sauce can make or break a pizza, so always give enough attention to making or procuring the best sauce.
2. Be generous with the cheese, but don’t overdo it.
3. Go for varieties of cheese that melt.
4. Bake your pizza till crisp.
5. Make sure you bake it just before serving to relish the best taste and texture.
6. Use only the right amount of toppings. Too much of it will make your pizza sagging and soggy!
7. Always top the pizza with a little Parmesan cheese after baking.
Be it for your family or guests, pizza is a great dish to serve any time of the day. It makes a meal, but also doubles up as a snack, depending on the quantity one consumes. This versatile, please-all dish is a great choice for parties too. As you explore the world of pizzas, you will be fascinated by the existing variety and the many more interesting combos that you can create by unleashing your creativity! So, go ahead and enjoy baking your awesome pizzas.
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Cheesy Vegetable Pizza by Tarla Dalal
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Street Pizza Recipe, Mumbai Roadside Tawa Pizza by Tarla Dalal
Try this pizza for a dose of local fun! It is nothing like the exotic pizzas made at popular pizzerias, but this type of pizza made by roadside vendors has become really very popular.
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Pizza in A Pan, No Oven Pizza Recipe by Tarla Dalal
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Double Layered Cheese Veggie Crunch Pizza by Tarla Dalal
Anybody game for a double-decker pizza? If you love such sandwiches, you will love this pizza even more. Two pizza bases, sandwiched with pizza sauce and cheese, are then coated with a crunchy and flavourful veggie topping, which features sun-dried tomatoes for tang and mixed herbs for flavour. Due ....
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Roasted Bell Pepper and Cheese Pizza by Tarla Dalal
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Bean and Capsicum Pizza by Tarla Dalal
A scrumptious pizza with crunchy capsicum and juicy jalapenos, a spicy bean topping and loads of cheese. The pungent and aromatic mixture of kidney beans, tomatoes, onions, chillies and desi spice powders like cumin and coriander makes all the difference to the bean and capsicum pizza.
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Dieter's Pizza ( Delicious Diabetic Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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Spicy Pineapple and Tofu Pizza by Tarla Dalal
Enjoy the jazzy flavour of Oriental cuisine in this unique sweet and spicy pizza. This amazing pizza is topped with sweet and juicy pineapples, spruced up with a sprinkling of peppy herbs and spice powders.
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Ricotta Spinach and Garlic Pizza by Tarla Dalal
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Four Cheese Pizza by Tarla Dalal
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Whole Wheat Pesto Pizza with Roasted Vegetables by Tarla Dalal
Pesto is a world-renowned Italian spread made of walnuts and basil. It is a versatile ingredient, which can be used in many ways – ranging from dip and sauce to salad dressing and pizza topping.
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Spring Onion and Olive Thin Crust Pizza by Tarla Dalal
With an attractive mix of textures and flavours, the Spring Onion and Olive Thin Crust Pizza is a pizza-lover’s dream come true.
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As with ....
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Spinach and Bean Pizza by Tarla Dalal
Although it requires the preparation of two toppings and a spot of thoughtful arrangement, the Spinach and Bean Pizza is totally worth the little time and effort spent on it. The baked beans with their quintessential sweet and sour flavour complement the creamy spinach topping very well, making this ....
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