What would you do if you have one meal to make and two different recipes that look inviting? Well, that was the dilemma I had when I wanted to try out an Indian version of the pizza. I came across these two wonderful looking recipes-US Masala and Cilantro and wanted to try out both at the same time - well, almost! So I combined what I thought were the best parts of both and came up with my version of the Curry Pizza with Paneer and Soy Granules - it turned out to be a killer combo, by the reaction of my family. Both father and daughter declared this as the best pizza they ever had and are pleading with me to make this more often.
Yield: One 16-inch pizza ("family size")
Lukewarm water-1 cup
All-purpose flour or bread flour-2 cups
Active dry yeast-2 teaspoons
Paneer Tikka Ingredients:
Paneer -8 oz
Salt -1/2 tsp (as required)
Curried Soy Granules Ingredients:
Soy granules Morningstar meal starters-1 cup
Ginger garlic paste-1/2 teaspoon
Pizza Sauce-1/2 cup
In a medium mixing bowl, combine water, sugar, salt,a pinch of flour and yeast let it ferment for about 5 minute . Add flour to yeast mix , and stir until a soft dough forms. Add additional flour if needed, and knead gently for 5-10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.Leave it in the oven with the lights on if its cold outside for 20 minutes.
Mean while make a paste using all the ingredients mentioned under the paneer tikka ingredients except paneer and apply on the paneer cubes (it would be good if you could marinate the paneer at least for a few hours if possible or else you can make the the tikkas straight away).Broil this in oven for around 4 minutes.
While paneer is in the oven lets prepare curried soy granules.Heat a pan and add 2 tbs oil to it add the onion and ginger garlic paste when the onions turn light brown add the tomato paste and saute for another 2 minutes.Add meat masala to this and saute till the oil oozes out .Add the Soy granules(meal starter) and saute till well combined ,add salt to taste. Butter or grease a 16-inch round pizza pan. Using your buttery hands, lift the soft, sticky dough onto the pizza pan and gently spread to the edges.Now spread a layer of pizza sauce,top it with prepared paneer tikkas and curried soy granules evenly ,You can also add sliced peppers and onion if you like.Put a layer of cheese on the top and bake it in a preheated oven at 425 degree Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.Check pizza after 10 minutes, and continue to check every few minutes until top is browned and cheese is bubbly.Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.Cut and serve.