December 5, 2014

Grilled Methi Bhakri Pizza Bites | No yeast Fusion Pizza with Bajra (Black Millet)

Inspiration comes from so many corners, I was casually talking to my domestic help and she was mentioning that they make bajra rotis during winter to provide heat and warmth to the body along with nutrition. After Pesto Spaghetti and Broccoli Pizza for BM #47, I was stuck between choosing pizza pillows and pizza muffins for today. But all that can wait. I looked around and landed at this recipe, from where I made some changes...

For the kid though, she ate reluctantly at first (bajra - black millet, sorghum, pearl millet and ragi - finger millet are strange on the palate on the first few times), and needs time to getting used to). But as we eat Ragi Rotti (flattened finger millet) regularly, this is another healthy addition to my kitchen, and I am sure DH would also gladly eat a healthy pizza like this once in a while. Whats more, I was happy as this comes without yeast, and is almost gluten free (as most millets are), and needs just 5-8 mins of baking time.

So, if you are looking for healthier alternatives, go ahead and make these. Your tummy will definitely thank you for that.



Prep time : 20 mins | Cook + bake time : 15 mins
Makes : 1 large or 3 mini pizzas (I made the latter)

Original recipe didnt have any cheese, but I added just a tiny bit along with the methi to get the kiddo to eat this. The next time I make this, I am gonna skip the cheese entirely and just load it up with just veggies for a non-cheesy pizza :-))

Ingredients:
  • Bajra (black millet) flour - 1/2 cup
  • Wholewheat flour / pastry flour - 1/4 cup
  • Methi (fresh fenugreek) Leaves - finely chopped - 2 TBSP
  • Olive oil - 2 TBSP + about 3-4 TBSP for cooking
  • Salt - to taste
  • Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Warm water - about 1/2 cup
Toppings:
  • Pizza sauce - 2 TBSP
  • Mixed herbs - 1 tsp
  • Onions - 1/2 minced
  • Coloured peppers - 1/4 cup (sliced)
  • Garlic - 1 or 2 pods (optional)
  • Shredded pizza cheese - 2 TBSP

Method:
Whisk both the flours with salt and baking powder. Add olive and mix into the flour mixture with your fingertips till it resembles breadcrumbs. Now add methi (fenugreek leaves), warm water little by little and make a slightly stiff-soft dough (slightly harder than the chapati dough)

Cover and keep for 10-15 mins. 

Meanwhile, in a pan, saute onions and garlic in 1 tsp oil. Add spinach and saute for just 2-3 mins till the spinach slightly melts. add half of the mixed herbs and just a pinch of salt and let it cool.

Pinch out roundels from the dough. and between two sheets of parchment or plastic, roll them out to desired thickness. Cook them on a hot grill (I used a Tava) for 3-4 mins till they are well done on both sides. Meanwhile preheat oven to 160 deg C.

Cool them slightly, apply a layer of pizza sauce, top with veggie-cheese and Bake for 4-5 mins till cheese slightly melts (took just under 6-7 mins).

Serve immediately. 

7 comments:

  1. Healthier Pizza bites to relish..looks gorgeous.

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  2. Now that's one innovative pizzas Kalyani..

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  3. Love the blend of flours in the pizza crust!

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  4. Omg,such a brilliant idea of using methi bhakri for making pizza bites, well done.

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  5. Even I make baakhri pizza and can you believe we get it in one of our heritage hotels too..agasiya..the one we spoke about. The methi baakhri would even be more delicious.

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