paneer tikka pizza recipe from scratch, how to make paneer tikka pizza

paneer tikka pizza recipe

paneer tikka pizza recipe with step by step photos – looks daunting but trust me this desi pizza is very easy to prepare. this paneer tikka pizza is a must try for folks who like paneer, pizza and desi indian flavors.

this is a healthy pizza as the pizza base is made from whole wheat flour. everything except the mozarella cheese, is made from scratch including the paneer or cottage cheese.

even the pizza sauce is made at home. this is my preferred pizza sauce recipe. i will be posting a separate post on the pizza sauce in some time.

this is a fusion recipe. so while the pizza and pizza sauce are italian, the paneer tikka is indian. if you want a total indian flavor, then make makhani sauce instead of pizza sauce.

when making this pizza, first make the pizza bread dough. when the bread is leavening, you prepare the paneer marinade and keep it for an hour….. and then get to make the pizza sauce. when the bread is doubled up and leavened you start assembling the pizza….. its that easy.

i have created two pic collage for the step wise pics and divided into three main steps – making the pizza dough, paneer tikka and the pizza tomato sauce.

lets start step by step paneer tikka pizza recipe:

preparing the whole wheat pizza dough -

1. proof the yeast in warm water for ten minutes. then add the oil, salt and 1 cup flour.

yeast for making pizza

2. stir with a spoon or spatula. add 1 cup flour more and stir again and you will see the mixture leaves the sides of the bowl. add the last 1 cup and using your hands begin to knead the flour.

3.  knead to a smooth, soft and elastic dough. rub water all over the dough and keep in the same bowl to leaven the dough. cover the bowl and keep aside.

paneer tikka pizza dough

preparing the paneer tikka - 

whisk the yogurt well. then add the all the spice powders and herbs. mix and fold in the paneer cubes, onions, tomatoes and the bell pepper. keep aside for marination for minimum 1 hour.

marinated mixture for paneer tikka pizza

making the pizza sauce:

puree the tomatoes. heat olive oil and saute the garlic for some seconds. add the tomato puree and saute for 3-4 minutes.

then add chopped basil, dry oregano, black pepper and salt. stir and simmer for 2-3 minutes. keep the sauce aside.

add herbs to paneer tikka pizza

assembling the pizza:

divide the dough into two or three parts depending on the size of your pan. roll the dough into a circle or oval keeping a thickness of 1/4 inch. place the pizza base in a greased and dusted baking pan or tray. brush olive oil on the rolled pizza base.

divide paneer tikka dough

spread the tomato pizza sauce on the pizza base. evenly arrange the marinated pizza and veggie cubes on the pizza.

tomato pizza sauce on pizza base

sprinkle grated mozarella cheese on the pizza. bake the pizza in a pre heated oven at 250 degrees C for 15-20 minutes or more till the pizza base has been baked and cheese is browned.

bake paneer tikka pizza

remove the pizza from the oven and serve paneer tikka pizza hot with tomato sauce, red chili flakes and italian herb mix.

paneer tikka pizza recipe

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check veg pizza, calzone recipegarlic bread rolls, 100% whole wheat breaditalian herb bread and basil focaccia.

paneer tikka pizza recipe below:

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paneer tikka pizza
 
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paneer tikka pizza - whole wheat pizza with paneer tikka topping.
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Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: world
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the pizza bread base:
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 to 1.25 cups water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1.5 or 2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt or as required
for the paneer tikka:
  • 125-150 gms paneer, cubed
  • 4 tbsp thick yogurt or hung curd
  • 1 medium red, green or yellow bell pepper, diced or cubed
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and layers separated
  • 1 medium tomato, diced or cubed (optional)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves + ½ inch ginger - made into a paste in a mortar-pestle
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder or tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp carom seeds/ajwain
  • ¼ to ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • rock salt + black salt or regular salt, as required
for the pizza sauce:
  • 2 medium tomatoes, pureed - yields approx 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ½ to 1 tsp dry oregano or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper as required - i added ½ tsp black pepper powder
topping extra:
  • mozzarella cheese, grated - as required
  • 7-8 pitted black olives, sliced (optional)
Instructions
preparing the pizza bread base:
  1. warm 1 cup water in a bowl.
  2. stir and dissolve the ½ tsp sugar in it.
  3. sprinkle the yeast and stir.
  4. cover and keep this mixture for 10-12 minutes at room temperature.
  5. after 10-12 minutes when the yeast mixture bubbles and froths, add 1 cup
  6. flour, salt and olive oil.
  7. stir the mixture well.
  8. then add another cup of flour and stir again.
  9. the flour mixture would begin to leave the sides of the flour.
  10. add the last cup of flour and begin to knead the bowl.
  11. working with your hands, knead the mixture, till you get a soft, smooth
  12. and elastic dough.
  13. if the dough appears dry, then add some water.
  14. if the dough is little sticky, its alright. but if too sticky then sprinkle some
  15. flour and continue to knead.
  16. rub some water all over the pizza bread dough and keep in a covered bowl for 1:30 to 2 hours.
preparing the paneer tikka:
  1. whisk the yogurt in a bowl till smooth and creamy.
  2. add all the ginger-garlic paste, carom seeds, salt, lemon juice and all the
  3. spice powders mentioned above.
  4. check the taste of the marination and add more salt or lemon juice or the
  5. spice powders if required
  6. chop the paneer into cubes.
  7. dice the onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.
  8. add the paneer cubes and the diced veggies to the yogurt sauce marinade.
  9. fold in gently so that the paneer and veggies are evenly coated with the
  10. marinade.
  11. cover and keep aside for minimum for 1 hour at room temperature. if
  12. keeping for more than 2 hours, then refrigerate.
preparing the basic pizza tomato sauce:
  1. rinse and then chop the tomatoes.
  2. puree the tomatoes in a blender or with a hand blender.
  3. heat olive oil in a small pan.
  4. then add the chopped garlic and saute for 10-12 seconds.
  5. add the tomato puree and saute for 3-4 mins.
  6. when the tomatoes are cooked, add the chopped basil, dry oregano, salt and pepper.
  7. simmer for 2-3 minutes more.
  8. keep the pizza sauce aside.
assembling the paneer tikka pizza:
  1. when the dough has doubled up and nicely leavened, then divide the dough into 2-3 parts. 2 parts of the pizza dough will give you a medium
  2. pizza and 3 parts will give you a small pizza.
  3. you can refrigerate the remaining dough if not using it immediately.
  4. grease the baking pan with olive oil and sprinkle some flour on it.
  5. preheat your oven to 250 degrees C atleast 20 minutes before you begin
  6. baking.
  7. roll the dough on a dusted work flour surface
  8. place the rolled dough on the greased baking pan or tray.
  9. brush some olive oil on the pizza base.
  10. next spread the tomato pizza sauce evenly.
  11. now top the pizza with the marinated paneer cubes, bell pepper, onions
  12. and tomatoes
  13. arrange the olive slices if using.
  14. sprinkle grated mozarella cheese on the top.
  15. bake the pizza in the oven for 15-20 minutes or more till the cheese has
  16. browned from top and the pizza base has been cooked.
  17. the paneer would also be cooked by then.
  18. remove and serve the paneer tikka pizza hot with tomato sauce.
Notes
if making for children, then reduce the spice quantities in the paneer tikka marinade.


you can make pizza from half of the dough and refrigerate the remaining part.


the baking time varies from oven to oven, so do keep an eye whilst the pizza is baking in the oven.


the tomato pizza sauce mentioned in the recipe can be used for two medium pizzas.



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  1. artee says

    Hi I love the way u describe recipes, I made so many of them,one thing I want to ask I used pizza seasoning in pizza sauce n dry basil leaves will it work if I don’t have fresh once.

  2. NASEEM says

    often when i need to eat pizza i always use to go to restaurants but it wasn’t so good…
    when i tried it .it was much tasty and easier………..
    thanks a lot

  3. Nimmi says

    Hello, Dassana, Now I think I am almost ready for trying a Pizza at home. now one more doubt keeps coming into my mind. when I bake it in convection mode, can I use any metal tray (Which I am using for cakes)? Pls reply. thanks

    • says

      nimmi, only in convection mode you can use the metal pans or trays which you use for making cakes. but don’t use them in microwave mode as the sparks are emitted from metal.

  4. Nimmi says

    Hi Dassana, recently found your blog and happy to say that the recipes are really worth trying. I am still browing thru and feel like I want to try each one of them. Owing to lack of time I am able to try new recipes only at week ends. I would like to know , in the veg pizza, the base was made of Maida and in this you have used whole wheat flour. what difference it makes? In my Microwave confection mode max.200 temp. is possible. in that case do I have to bake this for some more time?

    • says

      thanks nimmi. if you use maida, the texture is soft and light. whole wheat flour makes the texture a bit dense and not so light. may be just a few minutes more. in microwave due to the fan, the cake or bread gets heated quickly. so it might take a few minutes more.

  5. Saraswathi says

    That was quick.
    In my experience you are the only one to reply at all and that too within 24 hours.
    Thank you so much.
    Can you also tell me what type of olive oil to buy cause I have never used olive oil and there are many varieties like extra virgin or whatever.

    • says

      i have to reply saraswathi, otherwise i get a huge backlog of comments :-)

      for baking and cooking, just pure olive oil is good. extra virgin olive oil is used in salads and dips and even for dressings. don’t buy the bottles where pomace olive is mentioned and its not the pure form of olive oil. chemical solvents are used to extract the last remaining 5-8% of oil that remains in the olive pulp and this is called as olive pomace oil. so buy where its written only olive oil or pure/virgin olive oil or extra virgin olive oil.

  6. Saraswathi says

    Hi Dassana
    I am a regular visitor to ur blog and really enjoyed trying many recipes from here.
    The most recent one I tried was dal makahni and my family loves it.
    I am planning to make this pizza but I have a question. Can I use any other oil instead of olive oil? Will it change the flavor ?
    Please do let me know as I am waiting to surprise my kids during this holiday with this homemade pizza!!!
    Thank you

    • says

      hi saraswathi. firstly thanks. for the pizza, olive oil is what makes it different from other breads. there is a characteristic aroma of olive oil in pizza and this is what has been traditionally used. though, you can use any vegetable oil if you don’t have olive oil. you can cut down the spices in the tikka marinade since you are making for your kids.