Monday, January 31, 2011

Pizza - The Healthy Way

My daughter's love for pizzas is unmatched. If she can,she will eat, live and breathe them ! It goes without saying that i am a huge fan too !! 
While i have made pizzas from all purpose flour earlier,I wanted to try a pizza made purely from wheat flour (atta). Initially very apprehensive about the taste i was wondering aloud whether the wheat pizza dough will carry the same punch as its white counterpart but suprise, suprise-- it turned out pretty good and my daughter couldn't actually make out any difference.This was a conscious decision to keep it healthy and i am glad my family liked it this way !

Making Pizzas is fun - Other than adapting any recipe to suit our taste buds the thrill of home made pizzas gives quite a high !

Here's how:-


For the Pizza Dough :-
  • Wheat & Multi Grain Flour - 2 cups
  • Active dry yeast - 1 tsp
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Warm water - as required
  • Vegetable oil - 1 to 2 tbsp
For the Sauce :- ( I made Arrabbiata Sauce)

  • Garlic - a few pods (chopped)
  • Tomato - 1 or 2 (chopped in chunks)
  • Tomato Sauce - 5-6 big spoons
  • Basil leaves - 5 to 6 (julienned)
  • Coriander leaves - a few sprigs (finely chopped)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste 
  • Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
For the Toppings :- (Sky is the limit here)
  • Pitted Olives - a fistful
  • Baby Corn - 2 (diced)
  • Glazed Cherries - a few
  • Onions  - 2 or 3 (thinly sliced)
  • Green Capsicum - 1 (thinly sliced)
  • Green Chillis - 2 (finely chopped)
  • cottage Cheese -  100 gms (cubed)
  • Garlic - 3 to 4 pods (chopped & lighlty sauteed)
  • Mozarella Cheese - as required
For Garnish:-
  • Oregano
  • Chilli Flakes
  • Tomato Sauce


Making the Dough:-

Activate the yeast by mixing it in warm water and sugar. It should become frothy in a couple of minutes ! 
Now in a bowl add the flour along with milk , salt and the active yeast. Start kneading the flour by adding warm water gradually. Finally add the vegetable oil and make it in to a smooth pliable dough. Transfer it to a  lightly greased bowl and cover with wet cloth. Allow it to rise and double in size.

After it rises knock off the excess air created by the yeast action and get set for making the base !

Making the sauce :- (you can use store-bought pizza sauce)

A detailed step by step method can be found in my earlier Post . To put it briefly - Saute the garlic along with Tomato (cut in to chunks) in olive oil.Add the tomato Sauce, followed by the Basil leaves and season with salt and pepper. Once the sauce is cooked, add the finely chopped coriander leaves in the end. 

The Sauce is ready.

Preparing the Base :-

Take a medium sized ball from the dough and spread it across flatly (about 1cm thickness) dusting it with wheat flour if sticky

I made the base just like our rotis by cooking it on a tava -- alternatively u can bake the base in an oven @ 220 C for 10- 15 minutes till it becomes golden & crusty !

Assembling the pizza:-

Preheat the oven in Grill Mode @ 220 C for 10 minutes.

Smear the base with the sauce thoroughly ! Place the choice ingredients and top it up with cheese !
i made 4 different types of pizzas with the toppings:-

With Onion,Baby corn,cheese & Paneer

with capsicum

with cherries & green chillis (this had an awesome sweet-chiili taste)

finally with roasted garlic

Now for the Mozarella shavings:- ( to keep it healthier be strict with the cheese)

Now it is ready to go in the oven-- Grill it for 5 minutes or till the cheese starts melting -- Pizza is ready to be attacked !

Sprinkle with choice seasonings like oregano or red flakes and enjoy !

Linking this to Priya's Fast Food, Not Fat Food


  1. love the healthy version of pizza... ur pics made me hungry... :)

  2. Thatz very different...Healthy indeed:-)

  3. Hey Priya,

    Yummy pizza...drooling over it!!:)


  4. Lovely blog and recipes....thanks for visiting my blog and for wonderful support.... glad to follow u...

  5. Oh lovely Pizza,healthy at the same time.

  6. looks fantastic priya! great job

  7. Wowww awesome and delectable pizza Priya..

  8. superb/nice and innovative pizza. this type pizza is good for health

  9. whole wheat pizza dough a very good alternative...this is best when done at all the variations u prepared Priya!...nice post!

  10. C'ing ur post,I am tempted to make one...Wonderful homemade pizza

  11. Healthy version,looks super delicious.

  12. fantastic effort and lovely pizza.....u deserve an "Healthy Queen " award dear..... :)

  13. Yummy looking Pizza. Loved the way you have ensured that the pizza remains healthy as well as tasty. Thanks for sharing step by step process.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. Love the variety of ingredient toppings you have for your pizza :)

  15. Superb Priya.. i must appreciate ur patience n ur efforts to try ur hand on something diff..

  16. Priya,I can tell from the pictures that this pizza was an instant hit right from the word go-The slices are flying away one by one on the plate ;) Finally I see jut one pizza slice on the plate.This is extremely good and healthy-it is good to avoid refined ingredinets in our diet,and find healthy alternatives.Great one:)!!!

  17. Homemade pizza looks delicious. I like it as it has awesome fillings.

  18. Wow thats one healthy pizza.I too will try this out soon ,as Pizza is a hot favorite in our house too.

  19. I'd love to have one slice, please! Yummy looking...
    Great post :)

    US Masala

  20. Love this pizza and the sauce,looks delicious.

  21. Pizza .. beer and a movie .. That;s how our Friday nights are usually :) I think I should surprise Arvind by making pizza someday ;)

  22. Looks really delicious...I would love to munch the whole now...wonderful try with awesome result Priya..Hats off!
    Tasty appetite

  23. I've always wanted to substitute whole wheat flour for white flour but havent to date. I think I will now. Thanks for a great recipe!

  24. Yum that looks like a great pizza. Love those toppings!