October 12, 2011

Herby Cheese Pizza , with an Indian twist

Another edition of Blog Hop Wednesdays is upon us. This week, I am paired with Archana. Her menu card offered me quite a choice , and I selected Bread Pizza. As always, I was keen to give this a slight twist - so used store bought base but gave this a totally Indian Twist using cumin powder and such Indian Masalas, along with the usual suspects like Oregano and Basil. And the result - Herby Cheese Pizza -  was a super hit!  The only thing which I would have preferred for this post is pix with natural light, but had to be contended with the ones taken indoors as the overcast sky offered very little hope for clear snaps ! Without much ado, lets get on to the recipe. You may make this for kids party or dinner. Am sure it would be a hit with kids and adults alike :-) Surely enough, you can also play around with the toppings with veg / non veg options. I loved this recipe especially as I used homemade pizza sauce as the base (reipe below) and the taste was heavenly.

Before we move on, a quick recap of the last 5 weeks of Bloghop where I dished out:

Sugarfree Date n Almond MuffinsBaked SamosaDal Vada (Paruppu Vadai) - step by step recipeSugarfree Ginger MocktailBharwa Bhindi Jain Style

Today's dish goes to Blog hop wednesdays as well as Susan's BWW and my own event - Global Food festival (100 days of global food), and Fastfood not fat Food by Archana, event my Priya

Prep time : 20 mins. Baking time : 16 mins. Makes : 2 medium sized pizzas


  • Pizza base ( I used store bought) - 2 nos
  • Oil - 1 TBSP or butter
  • Salt - to taste
Pizza Sauce:
  • Tomato puree - 1 cup
  • Peeled garlic - 1 small pod
  • Onions - 1 no (grated)
  • Red chilli - 1 no (soaked in water)
  • Salt
  • Onion rings - 5 to 6
  • Capsicum / bell pepper - 1 no (cut into roundels)
  • Tomato - thick slices - 8 to10 nos
  • Pineapple chunks - few 
  • Grated processed cheese - 1 cup
Spice powder mix:
  • Oregano + Basil - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Jeera / cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

1) Grind the ingredients of the pizza sauce into a fine puree. Heat 1 tsp of oil and lightly saute this for about 2 - 4 mins till the raw smell disappears. Keep aside.

2) Preheat oven to 180 Deg C and grease the baking tray with cooking spray

3) Take a pizza base. lightly grease with olive oil. Apply 1 TBSP of the pizza sauce. Arrange the toppings. Sprinkle the spice powder mix. Top again with processed cheese. Bake @ 180 deg C for 12 - 14 mins, and then set to grill for 2 mins more till you see the cheese melting.

4) Repeat with the other pizza base. Serve with tomato ketchup ;-)

Yummylicious homemade veg cheesy pizza is ready to be devoured :-)


  1. Looks cheesilicious!!!...

  2. Looks yumilicious.............

  3. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!drooling here....amazing clicks:-)

  4. absolutely delicious n mouth watering...super clicks...rather irresistable:)))

  5. Irresistible! Ooh that looks super yumm..

  6. Wow Kalyani!! This is the best looking pizza (honestly) as all the flavours & ingredients look gorgeous, so we can imagine what it tastes like!!

  7. Cheesy and yummlicious herbed Pizza dear.Excellent clicks makes me tempt to grab a slice of it.Awesome dear.Like it.

  8. Pizza looks awesome dear. Tempting clicks as well.

  9. love 2 hv a bite anytime..looks nice

  10. wow delicious pizza,luks so tempting...

  11. Looks so delicious ....such tempting clicks

  12. Mom, dad & sis thank u for this yummy dhokla recipe!! It sure is a keeper :) Bookmarked quite a few recipes from ur blog Kalyani & hoping to try them all out real soon...And here is yet another tasty & irresistible pizza..Loved the indian twist to it!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  13. Wow...that's an irresistible pizza...looks so delicious

  14. looks delicious and its my fav. pizza ..... will try this version .......

  15. @Prathima - thank you for your kind words. Do pass on my regards to your family too :-)

  16. Sooo tempting and cheesyyyyyy pizza..

  17. wow! a cheesy pizza always welcome for folks at home!

  18. loved the nice twist to it- looks devourable !

  19. so tempting pizza with an interesting twist...superb!!

  20. wow very tempting pizza !! superb delicious !!

    Ongoing Event - CC-What's For Friday Dinner??

  21. Looks fantastic, love those lovely toppings.

  22. Must Try pizza.. loved the indian masala twist to it.
    Love Ash.

  23. pizza looks so mouthwatering....nice clicks too

  24. looks very delicious!!!!would love a slice on this cold and rainy day :)

  25. Wow, that looks wonderful, love your Indian twist !!!

  26. mouth watering and perfect pizza

  27. Lovely bites, looks very delicious.

  28. pizza looks delicious with the Indian twist....

  29. **drools**
    I love the cheesy pics!
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

  30. Love the twist kalyani.

  31. pizzaaa lover enjoying a virtual treat... :)

  32. Love the black and white photo!

  33. Hey Kalyani I had forgotten this post. You sure dig deep. Love the pics. Thanks for your sweet words.

    I am hosting Fast Food not Fat Foot event till 15/10/11. Do check out my event and send me your entries.

  34. YUM-MY! Of course, the pizza look great in color, but it's one of those subjects that works so well in B/W. Really nice composition and tones, Kalyani. Thanks for sharing for BWW.


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