Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tikka Masala Pizza

One thing we grew to love while living in San Francisco was Indian Pizza. It's not something we've found in Minneapolis so, we're left to make it for ourselves. Previously, we've made one with Indian BBQ Sauce but it wasn't really exactly the same. I remembered that the pizza we loved so much had a tikka masala sauce so that's what we tried this time.
Tikka Masala Pizza
This was totally it, the Indian Pizza we had been looking for. The sauce, which was adapted from 660 Curries, was sweet with a touch of spic & worked perfectly as a pizza sauce. Since I was using cooked chicken that wouldn't be marinated, like it typically is in chicken tikka masala, I added some of the seasonings that would have been in the marinate to the crust dough instead.

For all you purists out there before you leave a comment saying this isn't Indian & this isn't really Tikka Masala (which isn't Indian either), I know it's not traditional. It's a pizza made with what are typically Indian flavors & spices & heck we loved it.

Tikka Masala Pizza

Crust

1/2 c warm water
1/2 t yeast
1/4 t ground cumin
1/4 t ground ginger
pinch turmeric
pinch cardamon
1 t kosher salt
1 T olive oil + more for greasing the bowl
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour

Put the water into a medium bowl. Add the yeast, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardamon, salt & olive oil. Stir to mix. Add the 1/2 cup at a time. Knead until you get a smooth dough adding more flour is needed. Put a little oil in the bowl. Put the dough in the bowl & roll to coat with oil. Cover with a towel & let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Makes enough for 1 pizza

Tikka Masala Sauce

1 T butter
1/2 c roughly chopped onion
1 jalapeno, seeded & chopped
1/4 c roast red pepper
2 T sliced or slivered almonds
2 T golden raisins
1/2 c diced tomatoes, including juice
2 T heavy cream
1/8 t garam masala
1/8 t cayenne pepper
good pinch of kosher salt

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, jalapeno, red pepper, almonds & raisins. Cook stirring from time to time until soft & golden brown, about 10 - 12 minutes. Add the tomatoes, deglazing the pan is necessary. Put into a food processor. Add the cream, garam masala, cayenne & salt. Process until you get a thick, sort of gritty sauce.

Enough for 1 pizza with a little leftover (looks like its just enough for me to use on a couple chicken breasts)

Topping

5 small yukon gold potatoes, cooked for about 15 minutes
1/4 - 1/3 c frozen peas
1/4 c cooked shredded chicken
grated mozzarella
2 T chopped cilantro

Let the potatoes cool & then slice thin.

Preheat oven to 475 F. Grease a baking sheet. Press the dough out on the sheet to create a thin crust pizza. Spread the sauce over the pizza. Top with the potatoes, peas & chicken. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes until the cheese is melted & the crust is brown. Sprinkle with cilantro & serve.

2 -3 servings.

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12 comments:

Gan - iheartsharks said...

Not really the same, but United Noodle in Mpls sells these frozen Indian pizza pockets. They are yummy and can hit the spot for that taste when you are craving it, but dont have time to cook a whole pizza yourself.

dawn said...

first off, lucky you for living in SF, some of the best places to eat are in SF. and second, i love this pizza!

Tangled Noodle said...

You won't get any nitpicking from me - I love the looks of this! We do pizza every Thursday and I've been searching for different flavors to keep things lively. This is the first Indian-inspired version I've seen and the spiced crust sounds delicious. Oooh, maybe I could add paneer to the toppings, too . . . !

Lo said...

Any mention of Indian fare (or variations on that theme) and I'm SOLD. This pizza looks scrumptious, and I love the seasoned crust idea.

Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream) said...

I might try the sauce and topping on a large Naan Bread - it looks delicious

Joanne said...

I don't care what you call it, as long as you give me a slice. This sounds delicious!

Maria said...

Great flavors going on here. We love trying different pizzas.

Casey Angelova said...

Ignore all the purist and the haters! It is your pizza and you can enjoy it however you like. I like Hawaiian BBQ Chicken & Bacon pizza! This looks quite tasty. I have been craving pizza lately.

grace said...

i've never had potatoes or peas in pizza form! this is such an excellent idea, guys--that sauce is definitely unique and outstanding!

Deeba PAB said...

Yummmm... it sounds delicious. Heard loads about 660 curries, and would love to make this soon! Thanks for the brilliant post!

Burtldy said...

This looks excellent! I recently took a trip to the Castle Rock Creamery where they sell Garam Masala Raw Milk Cheddar. I was with an out of town guest who is obsessed with Jucy Lucy's...so for the evening dinner party we threw I made Garam Masala Jucy Lucy meatballs, engineered my own tomato yogurt based sauce & served it all over fresh pasta. Indian Italian fusion can happen!

kat said...

Burtldy - That sounds fabulous!

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