How to make Paneer Tikka Pizza Homemade ~ Step by Step

We are entering into the third week of Bake-a-thon. I was getting little worked up with all the cakes that I was baking. Infact I felt I strongly need to give it a break. The Chocolate Cake that I made on Saturday was so heavy, that I felt sleepy soon after eating it for breakfast. I was thinking I had a problem with the overdose of chocolate. Amma said the same and Daddy told me not to give them any more of such high calorie cakes.

Anyway all that talk made me decide that I was better off making a pizza. Pizzas always remind me of my early days of eating out at Pizza Hut. They always keep changing their menus. Once it was Paneer Tikka Masala Pizza, then it was Amritsari Punjabi Pizza. Each time the menu got changed, I used to long for the one that was no more on the list. However the one on the menu was also interesting. So in the end I wouldn't miss much and enjoy the hot spicy pizzas.

Imagine even on a pizza, I would love only North Indian flovours. Since I have ready shared our regular homemade pizzas, with different takes on it, there is a huge list out there, I wanted to try with the Paneer Tikka Masala. I had made it as Kabebs, so knew kids would love it on the pizzas as well. Since I was going to barbecue the paneer along with onions and capsicum, I had marinated everything together. Here I wanted to make sure each gets cooked properly, so cooked ahead before adding on the pizzas. 

I made a whole wheat pizza version and the regular ones with APF. Infact the kids loved the apf version so much that they wanted it for the next day as well. First day was Pan Pizzas, second day was thin crust hand tossed pizzas. They couldn't decide which was best.



Paneer Tikka Pan Pizza
Pan Pizza Dough

All purpose flour / Maida - 4 cups
Salt - 2 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Instant Yeast - 2 tsp
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Warm water

In a wide bowl, take all the ingredients. Slowly add water to knead to a soft pliable dough. Transfer to a greased plain surface and knead well till you get a soft dough. Keep it covered till it doubles.

When you are ready to bake the pizzas, pinch out balls as per your pizza size and roll out. Prick the top with a fork.

Tomato Sauce

Ingredients Needed:

Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Tomato puree - 4 cups
Garlic, crushed - 2 tbsp
Red Chili flakes - 2 tbsp
Italian Seasoning - 1 tsp
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

How to make the tomato sauce

Make a puree of ripe tomatoes, heat a non stick pan, drizzle with olive oil, add crushed garlic, saute well.

Then add the tomato puree, salt and red chili flakes. Cover with lid and cook on high.

When the sauce thickens, add the Italian seasonings and butter. Keep it aside.

Paneer Tikka Masala

Ingredients Needed

For the marinade

Paneer, cubes - 2 cups
Hung Curds -1  cup
Salt to taste
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder -1  tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Kala Namak a pinch
Turmeric powder a pinch

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, keep it aside for 30 mins.

For the Masala

Butter - 1 tbsp
Onions, juliennes -1 cup
Capsicum - 1 cup
Salt to taste

Heat a non stick pan with butter, saute onions, till tender, then add the capsicum. Cook on high till the capsicum gets cooked.

Next all the paneer along with the marinade and simmer till the masala gets well cooked.

For Assembling the Paneer Tikka Pizza

Three types of Cheese - 2 cups (I used Mozzarella, Cheddar, Processed Pizza Cheese)
Butter - 2 tbsp
Tomato Ketchup as per requirement
Prepared Tomato Sauce
Paneer Tikka Masala

How to assemble the pizzas

Roll out the pizzas discs, prick the top with fork. Spread butter, followed by the cooked tomato sauce.

Then add paneer tikka masala evenly on top, drizzle some tomato ketchup.

Finally cover with cheese.

Bake in a pre heated oven at 200 C for 20 - 25 mins.

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