MULTIGRAIN PIZZA RECIPE:
March is slowly marching out and summer has started to roast us heavily. My best half keeps trying pizza & bread recipes and I still drool when I think of his preparations. I have been waiting to post a healthy variant of pizza and here you go. Only thing is it is a guest post .Today’s recipe is a guest post by VishnuPriya Chellaswamy, an engineer, a professional home baker, bridal Mehandi artist and mom of two from Trichy. She is so passionate about healthy baking and she conducts baking classes /workshops focussing on healthy baking in the name ” Bake It Simple”. Adding to this she is an enthusiastic dancer, keen learner and a very passionate teacher/tutor.
This Chennaite aims to become a homepreneur and inspire fellow women. You can watch all her works at Priya’s Food Diaries Page. We met through social media and shared her about the guest posts for my blog she was kind enough to accept it and gave me a super recipe. I loved watching all her talented acts and enthusiatic performances.This will definitely be one of the keeper recipes and I hope all of you will love it. She has put in a lot of hard work and efforts in sharing me this recipe. Kindly visit her page and support her works. Lots of thanks and my best wishes for all your future endeavours dear Priya. If you are a first-time baker please read through the baking basics post here and then proceed. Kindly read the whole post before your trial. She has penned down every detail of the recipe for our ease of understanding.
Over to Vishnu Priya.
Hello Kalyani, This is from an ardent yet silent reader/follower of your wonderful blog KITCHEN KATHUKUTTY. Though the name is kathukutty, you’re so far from that and you seriously educate people through your great healthy recipes. I have tried many of your recipes. To be particular I have tried your EGGLESS CARROT-CASHEW CAKE and EGGLESS SATHUMAAVU CAKE for my kid’s school that too for their GRANDPARENTS DAY.
Everyone who assembled there was so amazed that they have had a cake which is completely healthy. I was searching for such a guilt-free cake without any white devils (as you name them) and thanks to your recipe that I have found out my exact match.
It was so pleasuring for me that I had made it for the meet, as every grandparent of the kids came and appreciated me in person, for making them have a yummy yet healthy bite. Even the grannies with diabetic, cholesterol problems also had one more bite by calling me again.
Frankly telling you that it made my day and that was the greatest compliment every health blogger/ baker/ cook can receive. I should mention it again it’s because of your amazing recipe. Thanks.
Coming to this opportunity, I know you as a great blogger and a fellow member in social media groups, also we haven’t talked much. It was such an honouring moment for me when you asked about posting a healthy bake recipe on my behalf.
You’re so awesome that you lift people in your surroundings (even if you haven’t talked to them before). I have admired you a lot on seeing your mouth-watering healthy recipes; inspired by your talents; wondered on your kindness and generosity. Keep up the great work Kalyani. Loads of love; apologies for the delay!! Wishing you and your blog to reach its peak and educate more and more people through your beautiful recipes. Thanks for the opportunity for making me write out from my heart
MULTIGRAIN PIZZA RECIPE:
What’s in a Pizza?
PIZZA – A food that is loved and enjoyed by everyone around the world. Although being a favorite for many, the health consciousness within us rings an alarm reminding us of the harmful ingredients in the pizza that we usually have.
But have we ever wondered that it’s the staple food in Italy?
Nonnas (grannies of Italy) prepare the healthiest pizzas and pastas for their younger generations like how our grannies do for us. Pizzas and pastas are prepared by an ingredient called DURUM WHEAT, which has high fiber content. They make use of local grown veggies, and of course, cheese that is the essential fat for them (which is also prepared in a healthy way).
Many of the commercially available cheese in the market use rennet tablet which is made of animal calcium. Sounds horrible right?
Can we make a Healthy Pizza @ home?
Absolutely yes! We can make a pizza, completely free of apf (white flour), white sugar, and even refined oil.
The following is a guilt-free recipe that you can try at home with ease and can give to your children and elders without any fear J
I have used our homemade milled flours like whole wheat flour, ragi flour and rolled oats. You could substitute ragi with any of the gluten-free flours like pearl millet (kambu), jowar (cholam) or even foxtail millet (thinai) and try out the recipe.
If possible, try making your own mozzarella and cheddar cheese at home without any rennet tablets or any preservatives or there are few alternatives which are using vegetable rennet also. You can try that.
Let’s get started!
MULTIGRAIN PIZZA RECIPE:
Step 1: Making pizza base
- Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
- Ragi flour – ½ cup
- Oatmeal (powdered oats)- ½ cup
- Sesame seeds-1 tbsp
- Lukewarm water -¾ cup
- Honey/ Jaggery – 1 tsp
- Dry yeast -2 tsp
- Salt – 1 Tsp
- Olive oil- 1 tbsp
- In a large mixing bowl, pour in the lukewarm water and add powdered jaggery. I have used our very own powdered jaggery here. You can use any type of sweetener too. Mix well so that the jaggery dissolves and add yeast. Keep it aside for a few mins.
- In a separate bowl mix whole wheat flour, ragi flour, oatmeal and sesame seeds, salt.
- After 10-15 mins, the yeast mixture will rise looking bubbly and frothy. Now add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Knead it slowly to get a soft and pliable dough. Add little water if your dough is bit dry while kneading.
- Apply olive oil over the dough and rest it for 1.5 to 2 hour; depending on the temperature or until the dough doubles in its size. Keep the dough covered so that it doesn’t dry.
Step 2: Pizza Sauce
- Tomatoes – 3 big or 4 medium (roughly chopped)
- Garlic – 2 tbsps minced
- Onions- 1 big (finely chopped)
- Salt – To taste
- Sugar/ Jaggery – 1 tbsp
- Olive oil -2-3 tbsps
- Italian seasoning – 2-3tsps
- Chilli flakes, pepper- To taste
- Puree the tomatoes well.
- Add olive oil in a wide pan and add minced garlic. Sauté this for few seconds over medium flame.
- Add finely chopped onion and sauté till it becomes translucent. Now add salt and powdered jaggery so that the onions get cooked well.
- Now pour in the tomato puree and mix well. Cover and cook for 5-10 mins or so till the raw smell leaves.
- Once it’s cooked well and the sauce is in semi consistency add Italian seasonings, chilli flakes and pepper. Adjust salt and sweetness at this time.
- Cook for few more mins in low flame till the oil gets separated. The sauce should be dry enough and the oil should ooze from the sauce. Let the sauce cool completely.
Step 3: Assembling
- Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for around 15-20 mins.
- Once the dough has risen well, deflate the dough (punch it and knead so that the air comes out from the dough). Divide the dough into small balls.
- Place the dough portion on a well-greased plate and use your hands to stretch the dough thinly.
- Prick the base with a fork and apply olive oil over the stretched dough.
- Apply pizza sauce over the base completely and sprinkle cheese over it (my family don’t love more cheese so I haven’t added).
- Arrange your desired toppings over the pizza base and sprinkle more cheese.
- Sprinkle some Italian seasonings and chilli flakes/ pepper over the cheese.
- Place the pizza into the preheated oven and bake it for 25-30 mins at 160 degrees or until the crust has become golden like shown in the 3rd
- Use good quality yeast and make sure it is fresh enough. Always proof the yeast you have before using it to the recipes (either dried active, active or instant), so that you know whether the yeast is still active or not and you can proceed further.
- This homemade pizza sauce recipe stays good for a week in the refrigerator so that you can make it before as well or store the remaining. This pizza sauce goes well with pasta too.
- Pricking the base and brushing it with olive oil is an essential step as it helps to prevent the base from becoming soggy and it penetrates the sauce to the base.
- You can use any type of cheese as mozzarella, cheddar, cheese slices like me or even cheese cubes.
Making Pizza on Stove Top:
- Take your pressure pan/cooker and remove the gasket/belt and whistle.
- Place it on the stove with its lid on and heat it for around 10-15mins so that its gets preheated.
- Put in a small bowl or even a small heat resistant stand inside the cooker so that the pizza plate is not touched to the bottom of the cooker.
- Once it is preheated, carefully put in the pizza placed on the plate inside the cooker. It should not touch the bottom and as well as the sides of the cooker. So choose it accordingly.
- Now reduce the flame to medium-low and bake it for 25-30 mins or until the crust has become golden.
1. Take your heavy bottomed kadai and a lid that completely closes it without leaving any gap in it.
2.Place it on the stove and heat it in high flame for 10-15mins with its lid closed.
3.Put in a small bowl or even a small heat resistant stand inside the cooker so that the pizza plate is not touched to the bottom of the kadai.
4.Once it is preheated, carefully put in the pizza placed on the plate inside the cooker. It should not touch the bottom and as well as the sides of the kadai. So choose it accordingly.
5.Now reduce the flame to medium-low and bake it for 25-30 mins or until the crust has become golden.
Have a healthy Pizza!
Thank you so much Priya for a great recipe and your tremendous works. Wishing you all the very best. May all your dreams come true.
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