Are you looking for an easy yet delicious and satisfying dinner idea?Try out this Tawa Bread Pizza! I make the pizza with store-bought wheat bread slices, home-made sauce, and some of our favourite toppings, and it’s such a breeze! This is our favourite weekday dinner, especially Friday nights – it puts us right into the weekend frame of mind. 🙂
Pizza doesn’t have to be junk food at all – made the right way, it can be a wholesome treat. Just make sure you are buying whole wheat bread with no artificial additives, limited or no refined sugar, and no preservatives. Making the pizza sauce at home helps you to control the ingredients that go into it – no artificial colours or flavours or preservatives there too. I use toppings like home-made paneer, cucumber, pineapple and grated carrot for my little daughter, with a bit of cheese, making the pizza super healthy. For the hubby and me, the cucumber is foregone and store-bought jalapenos, red paprika and pitted olives are added to the toppings – that’s okay occasionally, I think. If I can get my hands on some hand-made artisanal cheese, it finds its way to this Tawa Bread Pizza. Otherwise, I’m partial to Amul cheese!
My mother gifted me a grill pan from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s WonderChef collection for my last birthday, and I’m loving every bit of it. It’s just awesome for sandwiches, tandoori appetisers, and for making Tawa Bread Pizza. A regular thick dosa pan would work beautifully as well.
Now, without further ado, here’s how I make the Tawa Bread Pizza. I’m sharing this recipe with the Foodie Monday Blog Hop group, the week’s theme being #PizzaMania. Preethi, who has some really innovative recipes on offer on her blog Preethi’s Cuisine, suggested the theme for the week.
Ingredients (for 10 bread pizza):
For the pizza sauce:
- 6 medium-sized tomatoes
- 1 medium-sized onion
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- Salt to taste
- Red chilli powder to taste
- 2 tablespoons jaggery powder or to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon mixed Italian dried herbs or as needed
- 10 bread slices
- 1 small capsicum, chopped length-wise
- 1 medium-sized onion, sliced length-wise
- 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
- About 2 tablespoons pitted and sliced black olives
- 1 tablespoon sliced red paprika
- 100 grams paneer, cut into cubes
- 3 cubes of cheese or as needed
- Mixed Italian dried herbs, as needed
Let us first prepare the pizza sauce.
1. Chop the tomatoes roughly, and add to a mixer jar. Peel the onion, chop roughly, and add to the mixer jar. Peel the garlic cloves and add to the mixer jar too. Grind together to a puree.
2. Transfer the puree to a pan, and place on high flame. When the puree starts cooking, reduce flame to medium and cover. Cook covered on medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till the puree thickens and reaches a spreadable consistency. Stir intermittently to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. Switch off gas.
3. Add salt and red chilli powder, jaggery powder and Italian herbs. Mix well. Your home-made pizza sauce is ready.
3. Allow the pizza sauce to cool down fully. If you don’t plan to use it immediately, transfer to a clean, dry, air-tight container after cooling. Store refrigerated.
Here’s how to make the Tawa Bread Pizza.
1. Place a grill pan or thick dosa pan on high flame. Drizzle a little oil all over it. Let the pan get nice and hot.
2. When the pan gets hot, place 2 slices of bread on it or as many as you can accommodate without overcrowding the pan. Turn flame down to medium.
3. Let the bread slices get crisp on the bottom and slightly brown. Take care to ensure that they do not burn. Then, flip the slices over, using a spatula.
4. Cook on medium flame for a minute or so, till the bread slices get crisp on the other side too. Transfer the slices onto a plate.
5. We will now assemble the Tawa Bread pizza. Meanwhile, turn the flame down to the lowest and toast 2 more slices of bread similarly, till crisp on both sides. Simultaneously, spread some pizza sauce on the two bread slices you already toasted, then top with chopped onion and capsicum, olive and red paprika slices, paneer cubes, sweet corn kernels and grated cheese, all as needed. Drizzle some mixed Italian dried herbs on top.
6. When the second batch of bread slices is done toasting, transfer them to a plate.
7. Place the assembled bread pizza on the pan. Cook covered on low flame till the cheese melts and the veggies are slightly cooked, 1-2 minutes. Take care to ensure that the pizza doesn’t burn. Once done, serve the Tawa Bread Pizza immediately.
8. Alternate between toasting bread slices, assembling the pizza and then cooking the assembled pizza till all slices are used up.
1. I prefer using the more flavourful country (Nati) tomatoes to make the pizza sauce, over the ‘farm’ variety.
2. The garlic in the pizza sauce can be avoided, if you don’t prefer it.
3. Sugar can be used in place of jaggery powder, in the pizza sauce.
4. I have used slices of whole wheat bread to make the pizza. You can use any variety of bread you prefer instead too.
5. I have used cubes of Amul processed cheese here. You can use any other type of cheese you like, too.
6. I have used the veggies we prefer, as a family, in the pizza toppings. You can use the ones you like – babycorn, mushrooms, potatoes, jalapenos, tomatoes, pineapple, eggplant, carrot..the list is endless. Let your imagination run wild!
7. You can use as many or as few veggies as you like, for topping the pizza. Similarly, adjust the quantity of cheese you use depending upon personal taste preferences.
8. The above quantities yield close to 3/4 cup of pizza sauce. Use as much of the sauce as you prefer, in the bread pizza. Any leftover pizza sauce can be stored in a clean, dry, air-tight container. Refrigerated and used hygienically, this sauce stays well for about a week. The sauce can be used to make pasta too.
9. I don’t blanch or roast the tomatoes for preparing the pizza sauce.
Did you like this recipe? Do tell me, in your comments!