Sunday, June 15, 2014

Paneer Hariyali Pizza

                       Every one around me seems to have caught the football fever. Everyone is only talking about the matches, teams and the excitement of the goals. And, so in the spirit of the ongoing FIFA World Cup, let us have a look at a common sport snack, Pizza. But, like the recent matches which have been full of excitement and unexpected twists, this pizza is also with a twist.
                    Instead of the traditional Italian pizza with subtle herb flavors, this one is loaded with Indian flavors and some heat. The pizza is loaded with greens and the sauce has a beautiful green color and hence the name, Hariyali. I hope you all enjoy it.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cubed Paneer
  • 1/2 cup Mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup Spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup chopped Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic-Chili paste
  • 1/4 cup Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Dry Mango (Amchur) powder
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 3 Pizza Base/Crust
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
Instructions:
  • Heat some oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds.
  • Once the seeds starts to crackle, add the garlic-ginger-chili paste and saute it for a minute.
  • Now add the onions and saute them. Once the onions are translucent, add the yogurt and mix it well.
  • Meanwhile, puree the mint and spinach leaves and add to the pan and mix well.
  • Then add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder, dried mango powder and salt.
  • Let it cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the paneer to the gravy.
  • Finally add the lemon juice and mix it lightly. 
  • Cover and let it cook for additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Now take the pizza crust/base. I used a ready base from a local baker.
  • Brush the base lightly with Olive Oil.
  • Spread the prepared Hariyali Paneer on the base.
  • Sprinkle some cilantro and cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes at 425o F or as per the package instructions
  • You should bake till the cheese is melted and turns golden brown
  • Serve hot and enjoy the best combination, pizza and football