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veg pizza recipe - the all time favorite – vegetable pizza recipe from scratch.

this is a tried and tested vegetarian pizza recipe and if everything is followed correctly, you will be able to make great pizzas with a choice of your toppings for your family and friends. the vegetarian pizza beat all the pizzas i had in indian metros like the dominos pizza, smokin joes and even pizza hut.

there was a time when i used to make pizzas at home with ready made pizza breads. but after making breads at home and finding out they are far far better than the outside ones, i make even the pizza base at home now.

i have also posted the recipe of paneer tikka pizza from scratch and basic tomato pizza sauce recipe.

veg pizza recipe

this recipe of homemade vegetable pizza is a pizza recipe made from scratch. except the cheese, no ready made sauces or pizza bread bases are used. this is a basic veg pizza. i have used onion and capsicum as the only veggies. you can use your own assorted veggies for the pizza.

for the flavorings of the sauce i have used dried oregano and basil. however you can use fresh oregano and basil too. i have made many pizza sauces right from my teen years. but this was the best sauce i have made. it has become a personal favorite.

the pizza bread is made from maida/all purpose flour. wheat flour can be used too. but wheat flour will make the pizza bread base a little dense.

this is a step by step vegetable pizza recipe

i have divided the format into 3 parts viz:
1: making the pizza bread,
2: making the pizza sauce and
3: assembling the pizza.

by the way the veg pizza recipe is a request from one of my facebook page fans. have adapted the recipe from the bread bible cookbook.

veg pizza recipe from scratch

lets begin homemade italian vegetable pizza recipe from scratch.

making the vegetarian pizza base:

1: dissolve the sugar in warm water and add yeast to it.

veg pizza bread base

2: stir the whole mixture and keep it aside for 10-15 minutes.

pizza bread base

3: when the yeast is getting doubled up, take a cup of flour with salt in a bowl. mix well. add olive oil.

Vegetarian pizza bread

4: after 10-15 minutes the yeast will bubble and you will see a good frothy layer on top.

Vegetable pizza bread base

5: now add the frothy yeast mixture to the flour. with a whisk or wooden spoon stir the mixture.

bread base for veg pizza

6: add another cup of flour and keep on stirring.

Vegetarian pizza bread base

7: the mixture will become sticky.

Vegetarian pizza bread base

8: add the last cup of flour and continue to stir.

Vegetarian pizza bread base

9: the dough will leave the sides of the bowl but still will be a bit sticky.

veg pizza bread base

10: its time now to knead the dough with the hand. knead the dough to a smooth dough. dust with flour to prevent sticking. the dough will be soft and elastic. apply some olive oil to the dough all around.

veg pizza bread

11: keep the dough in deep large bowl and cover loosely with a kitchen napkin or towel for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

vegetable pizza bread base

12: mama mia….. after 2 hours the dough has beautifully risen and doubled up to what you see below.

vegetarian pizza bread base

13: i had planned to make the pizza the next day, so i wrapped the dough tightly in a cling film and kept in the fridge. if you plan to make the pizza right away then flatten the dough to a disk. then start rolling the dough.

vegetarian pizza bread base

14: the next morning i removed the pizza dough from the fridge and if you compare the two pics, the dough was getting leavened even in the fridge.

veg pizza bread base

15: defrosted at room tempeature for about 45 minutes before i started making the pizza.

making the tomato pizza sauce:

1: chop the tomatoes directly. or blanch them and then chop the tomatoes. i chose the second method as then less cooking is involved when making the sauce. instead of chopping you can also puree the tomatoes.

vegetable pizza sauce

2: in a pan heat olive oil and add chopped garlic to it. fry the garlic for a minute.

Vegetarian pizza sauce

3: now add the chopped tomatoes. stir and let the tomatoes cook for 5 minutes more.

Vegetarian pizza sauce

4: when the tomatoes are getting simmered, slice the onion, capsicum and olives.

Vegetarian pizza sauce

5: instead of sauting the veggies lightly i marinated them for 15 minutes with olive oil, basil and oregano.

veg pizza sauce

6: the tomatoes are softened now. add the herbs, salt, crushed black pepper.

veg pizza sauce

7: mix well and cook for a few more minutes.

veg pizza sauce

8. aha….. the pizza sauce is ready.

veg pizza sauce

assembling the vegetarian pizza:

1: preheat the oven to 200 degress C. grease the baking pan with olive oil & then dust it with maize flour/corn meal, semolina or flour.

assembling veg pizza

2: take a large ball from the dough. i made three medium sized pizzas from this dough. you can use the whole dough to make an extra large pizza or even make two large pizzas.

assembling Vegetarian pizza

3: flatten the dough into a disk. now on a floured surface with a rolling pin roll the dough ball into a large round or oval shape of about 1/4 inch thickness. roll the dough from the center towards the outer edges. you may have to dust the surface with flour. the dough is extremely elastic. so be careful while rolling the dough.

assembling veg pizza

4: place the pizza base in the baking pan. be careful as the dough has so much elasticity, it just stretches more when you place it. do this work of placing very gently. brush the surface with olive oil.

assembling vegetable pizza

5: spread the tomato pizza sauce on the pizza.

assembling Vegetarian pizza

6: top up with the veggies and olives.

assembling Vegetarian pizza

7: sprinkle generous amount of mozarella or pizza cheese.

assembling vegetable pizza

8: baking time now….. bake the veg pizza in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 200 degrees C till the base becomes golden brown and the cheese on top melts and gets browned.

assembling veg pizza

9: pizza time…. yay… the pizza is ready and out of the oven.

assembling veg pizza

10: serve the vegetarian pizza immediately with tomato sauce and the herbs.

veg pizza recipe

if you are looking for similar recipes then do check veg calzonepaneer tikka pizzabasic tomato pizza sauce and creamy mushroom pasta.

vegetable pizza recipe below:

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veg pizza recipe
 
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veg pizza - vegetarian pizza recipe from scratch.
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Cuisine: italian
Serves: 3 medium sized pizzas or 2 large pizzas
Ingredients (american measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
for the pizza bread base:
  • 2.5 to 3 cups all purpose flour/maida
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • ¼ tsp sugar or ¼ tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • olive oil for brushing
  • flour, cornmeal or semolina for sprinkling
for the tomato sauce:
  • 4-5 tomatoes
  • 2-3 garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine (optional)
  • 2 tsp dried basil or 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • freshly crushed or ground black pepper
  • salt
toppings for 2 medium sized pizzas:
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 capsicum/bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 tomato (optional)
  • 8-9 pitted green olives, sliced
  • 8-9 pitted black olives, sliced
  • grated mozarella cheese as required
  • fresh or dried herbs
Instructions
making the pizza bread:
  1. sprinkle sugar in warm water.
  2. add yeast. stir and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10-15 mins till it becomes frothy,
  3. in a bowl add one cup flour, salt, olive oil and the frothy yeast mixture.
  4. stir. add another cup of flour.
  5. stir again. the mixture become sticky.
  6. add the last cup of flour and continue to stir.
  7. knead the dough into a smooth, springy ball.
  8. apply some olive oil all over the dough.
  9. cover loosely and keep in a large bowl at room temperature for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  10. the dough will double up and nicely leaven.
making the tomato basil pizza sauce:
  1. blanch the tomatoes and the chop them.
  2. heat oil. fry the chopped garlic,
  3. add the tomatoes and wine.
  4. let them cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes.
  5. add the herbs, salt and pepper.
  6. mix well. cook further for 3-4 minutes.
assembling the veg pizza
  1. flatten the dough to a disk.
  2. on a floured surface roll the dough.
  3. place the dough onto a greased and dusted pan.
  4. brush some olive oil on the pizza base.
  5. spread the tomato sauce on the pizza.
  6. top with the veggies.
  7. spread the grated cheese.
  8. bake the veg pizza in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees C.
  9. serve veg pizza hot.
Notes
few tips for veg pizza recipe:
1. the pizza dough can also be made in a food processor or electric mixer.
2. if the dough becomes sticky add some flour and vice versa. if the dough is not soft and a bit dry, then add some warm water.
3. i even made a thin crust pizza with this dough and it was excellent.
4. you can saute the veggies lightly in olive oil if you want.
5. the leftover pizza sauce can be refrigerated.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4-5



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  1. Preeti says

    Hi Dassana
    I have an LG microwave oven which has micro, convection and grill modes separately as well as micro+convection and micro+grill modes. Could you please give me a procedure in steps to make veg Pizza with ready made pizza base.
    Waiting for your response….
    Thanks….

    • says

      hi preeti, you first preheat your oven in the convection mode for at least 6 to 7 minutes. since you already have a pizza base and you just need to partly cook the vegetables and melt the cheese. place the prepared pizza (like spread the sauce on the base, then add the vegetables and top with cheese & herbs) in the oven and bake in convection mode for the required amount of time, till the cheese melts. i cannot tell you the time as the temperatures vary from oven to oven. hope this helps.

  2. Palak says

    Instead of using dry yeast, can i substitute it with instant yeast? could you tell me how much instant yeast would go in this recipe to make the dough?

    • says

      yes you can add instant yeast. 2 tsp of active yeast equals 1.33 tsp of instant yeast. you can add about 1.25 tsp of instant yeast. just remember that the rising time will be reduced if using instant yeast.

  3. Nivedita says

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot for the step by step tutorial, I also have an ifb microwave with convection setting, I tried making pizza today, but the base remained undercooked from the centre… Could you please tell me what kind of utensil you use to place the pizza in the oven, and also, do you place that utensil on top of the wire rack provided with the microwave, or on the glass tray used in microwave mode?
    Regards,
    Nivedita

    • says

      the oven has to preheated well. atleast 15 to 20 mins before you keep the pizza. i had got a metal round pan with the oven which i use to keep the pizza. i just keep the pan with the pizza on the glass tray. you can use any aluminium baking tray to keep the pizza.

    • says

      welcome supratim. homemade pizzas is also more healthy if you use whole wheat flour and you are in more control as you know what goes into pizza.

  4. ritu says

    Hi dasssana
    I have onida microwave oven.i want to know that I have to cook pizza directly on glass plate or on the grill given by company.pls help

    • says

      you can bake the pizza on the glass plate but then removing it is difficult. better to use a round baking tray or pan to bake the pizza.

  5. aishwarya says

    It’s sounding so tasty so i am dam sure that it will taste awesome.thk u:-) :-) :-)

  6. priya says

    hey dassana what is the mode setting of the microwave oven…. I have samsung oven.. Which mode i have to use?????

    • says

      its convection mode in the microwave. remember to preheat your oven at least 15 to 20 mins before you bake. the preheating is also done in the convection mode.

  7. Bhaghyesh says

    This is one of the best cuisine websites. Dassana you are doing a wonderful job. Thanks for the recipes.

  8. Sayli says

    Hi Dassana, this receipe was really helpful. I had made a thin crust pizza the last time. I was thinking of trying a cheese burst kind of pizza, could you tell me how to do that?

    • says

      thanks sayli. i have never made a cheese burst pizza. i think this is how its made. you first roll the pizza dough into a round. spread cheese mozzarella cheese on the dough. keep some empty space about 1/4 inch all round the dough. now place another rolled pizza dough and then fold the edges like how its done for gujia. then top with veggies and cheese and then bake. its more like a sandwiched pizza where the cheese is between the two pizza breads and the toppings are on top.

  9. rashu taneja says

    hii…
    i tried this pizza bt mozzrela cheese melt nhi hua nd pls tell me if i have readymade pizza base then what will time it take to bake

    • says

      a good quality mozzarella cheese should melt. what temperature setting you chose and how long you kept the pizza. was the oven pre heated enough? with ready made pizza base it may take about 12 to 15 mins in a medium hot oven.

  10. Vineet Pillai says

    Thank You for the wonderful recipe.
    Just a few things :
    Don’t you have to preheat the oven?
    And how do you get the base to be fluffy ?(like pizza hut)
    Thanks in advance

  11. Rajesh says

    Hi Dassna,

    Looks yummy! Please let me know which Oven you used for making this Pizaa.
    I am going to buy a new convection oven.Can you please tell me how and in which mode should the oven be used to make a nice Pizza like yours…:)

    Thanks
    Rajesh

    • says

      hi rajesh, the oven is IFB microwave oven with microwave, convection and grill modes. after you buy the oven, a representative from the company will come and demonstrate to you how the different modes are used. there is also an instruction and recipe booklet which you can refer.

  12. Pamila says

    Hie dasaana…
    PAMILA HERE… last time i prepared allu veg pizza everything was perfect excepet mozerella cheese.. it didnt melt!!!
    Can u tell me wht can be the reason?

  13. Nitin says

    Thank you for writing the method to make pizza sauce i was a bit confuse earlier. and it was a one good and tasty recipe

  14. Lavanya says

    Hi Dassana,

    What all herbs do you use for the fresh or dried herbs mentioned? I have quite a few Italian herbs most of which i do not know how to use (got it from someone)!!

    Thanks,
    Lavanya

    • says

      hi lavanya

      for fresh herbs i use basil as i have basil growing in my terrace garden. dry herbs – i use oregano. these two i use while making pizzas. while making salads, i add both fresh basil and parsley. for pasta, lasagne and soups depending on the recipe i add dry oregano, rosemary or herbes de provence. herbes de provence is a mixture of dry herbs, used in french cuisine. the italian herbs you can even add in soups, rice based dishes and also baked vegetable dishes like veg au gratin or any other dish. try out with a few and then go along to see how they compliment the vegetables and the sauces that you add.

  15. jaya says

    Hi Dassana,

    Sorry for the goof up… but really ur recipes are just perfect…keep posting please….
    thanks a ton..
    regards
    jaya

  16. jaya says

    Dear Amit,
    ur recipes are just amazing!!!!tried this pizza recipe and ur Dabheli recipe too…just amazing…got so many compliments for Dabheli as i had made it for my kitty party.
    the step by step presentation of the recipes is amazing too….
    jus wanna thank u… so much

    regards
    jaya

  17. Prema says

    Tried your pizza recipe and it came out awesome.. My husband loved it and so did I. Thanks a ton. Only issue was I think the base got soggy. Does precooking the base help??

    • says

      thanks prema. as a stip, brush some olive oil on the base before spreading the sauce. it won’t become soggy. you can pre cook the base before and then do the topping later.

  18. Ravi Kiran says

    Hi Dasanna Amit,

    My wife tried veg pizza while I was narrating to her as per the instructions in the webpage. This made a great moment for us to have family snack time. Thank you for the recipe.

    Regards
    Ravi & Lavi (Lavanya)

  19. Medha says

    Dassanna….
    hello!

    i dont have a baking tray as of now… is it ok if i just place the pizza base on the glass rack of the microwave oven and bake it?

    • says

      apurva, i have never tried in microwave. are you talking about making pizza in convection mode or microwave mode? if you are making pizza in convection mode then just keep the pizza on a rack. the heat coming from the top element will help to melt the cheese quickly. i have never made pizza in the microwave mode.

  20. Nupur says

    You are simply splendid.. Your any recepie is well explained n to the point. Every single details are covered. Thanks a lot… Keep posting new recipes. Great work!!!!

  21. seema says

    Hi Dassana,

    For any recipes your website is always on my top list. Keep up the good work.

    I tried this pizza recipe it came out really well. Only thing i feel is the the base takes longer time to cook than the vegetables. So If i cook longer the vegetables dry out. any suggestions for that..

    • says

      hi seema, thanks. i suggest the following:
      - the oven has to be really hot before the pizza is kept. so the pre heating time is important. so while making breads like naans or pizza pre heat the oven for at least 20 mins before you bake.
      - secondly keep the pizza in the center rack if you are using an OTG. also if possible bake at a high temperature like 220 or 250 degrees C. the oven when i made this pizza just has 200 degrees C as the last option.
      - also if you cover the pizza well with cheese, the veggies won’t dry out.

  22. Anushka Patel says

    which container can i use for keeping the pizza in microwave ?? and for how much time and what should be the power??

  23. Jyothi Maben says

    I am planning to buy a oven. Kindly guide me whether to buy a OTG oven or microwave oven as I want to use to make specifically cake and pizza. Please advise.

    Regards,
    Jyothi Maben

    • says

      i suggest to buy to an OTG as first since you can do a lot of baking in it. meaning you can use the shelves for multi purpose baking. which cannot be done in the microwave. like you can bake 3-4 cake loaves at one go which is not possible in a microwave oven. moreover, microwave is suitable only for reheating and microwave cooking. its good for baking also. but if you don’t need the functions of reheating and microwave cooking, there is no point in spending extra money only for baking.

  24. Swati says

    The recipe went really well and my husband really loved it but i faced a small shortcoming, that no frothy layer was formed on the water containing yeast and sugar and also my batter did not rise much, which left me wondering whether the quality or the quantity of yeast or anything else was deterrant…

    • says

      thats coz the yeast did not double. its very important for the yeast to froth. either the yeast was not active or the water was hot or cold. thats why the dough did not rise. next time make sure that the yeast froths and if it does not, then throw away the whole mixture and start again. buy a good quality yeast.

    • says

      to make the pizza bread in the microwave, convection mode has to be used. not all microwave ovens have the convection mode in them. check your oven’s manufacturer’s guide or booklet to know if convection is there or not….. and if it is there how to use it. otherwise in the microwave mode pizza bread cannot be made.

  25. Priyanka says

    Pizza looks yummy.
    i have been reading many of ur recepies & have cooked at home. I have found many good reviews from everyone. i hope u keep on sending many good receipes.

  26. madhumita says

    Can we make d base separately and store in fridge for few days? I will make dis today and tell how it comes out!!

    • says

      hi madhumita. you can make the pizza bread base and store in the fridge for a day or two. if keeping for more days then keep the dough in the freezer.

  27. Lekshmi says

    Dear Dasanna
    I made veg pizza following your recipe and it was yummy. My hubby and kids enjoyed it. Thanks.
    Lekshmi

  28. Sumeet says

    Hey!
    I made this pizza in Microwave oven it all got burned :(
    The sauce ws tasting horrible after burning :/

    What can do to make it into perfect pizza next time whn I try?

    Someone told me tht if M using microwave thn I should bake the base seperately for sumtime… Is tht the solution for my problem?

    Plz help I really wanna taste this yummy pizza :’(

    • says

      the recipe is for an oven baked pizza and not microwave. meaning you cannot make the pizza in the microwave mode, but can make in the convection mode which functions like a regular oven. if you are using microwave mode, then its better to make the pizza bread separately and then add the toppings later.

  29. rose says

    please help me out …… I left the dough for about 2 hours and a half in a plate and covered it with cling film …. but it didn’t rise ….. it just became wider and it has so many bubbles…………..i’m planning to make the pizza after about 2 – 3 hours ….. what should I do…. please help

    • says

      rose, since you are saying that the dough has become wider and has bubbles. then it means the dough has leavened. so you can continue making the pizza now or if you want to make it after 2-3 hours then keep the dough in the fridge.

  30. shipali says

    Hi

    Please can u tell me the difference of using OTG or regular oven for baking pizza. Will that taste the same. In most of the baking recipes, it is said that baking is done in oven. Which oven do they refer to.

    Thanks

  31. shipali says

    Hi

    I have an OTG. I wanted to clarify whether baking pizza in an OTG or conventional oven makes any difference. Wherever I read the recipe for pizza, cookies or bun they refer to oven, which oven do they use?

    Thanks

    • says

      not much of a difference. i have both OTG and microwave oven and i have baked in both. the only difference i have seen is that when baking in OTG, there is even browning and baking. in the convection mode in microwave oven, the browning is too quick and the top layer browns quickly. atleast thats what happens in the oven i use. so i cover the top with an aluminium foil or brown baking paper.

      they use the regular oven. OTG is also a regular oven. so you can easily bake any bread, cake or cookies in your OTG.

      • jack says

        may I ask , what would the Consequences be ?? I don’t have yeast right now .. and I’ve read many articles about replacing yeast with baking powder ..

    • says

      this recipe is such that yeast is used. for baking powder, the proportions of the flours and other ingredients have to different. i have never made pizza with baking powder,so won’t be able to help you on that. the bread would not become soft or fluffy if baking powder is added.

  32. noname says

    your pizza is wonderful .. but what if I want to make only 1 medium sized or large pizza … what would the ingredients be ???
    and what do you mean by 3 garlics … do you mean 3 whole garlics or 3 garlic cloves …
    thanks alot

  33. anonymous says

    dear dassana ,
    your pizza seems amazing , I think i’ll try it soon … but I have some questions please :
    1) I only want to make the dough for one medium sized or large pizza … can you tell me the ingredients please ??
    2) can I bake the pizza in the microwave ??? if yes , how long should I leave it??
    3) what is dry yeast ?? …. I only know normal yeast that is in packages

    Thanks a lot in advance

    • says

      1: just halve the ingredients proportionally and you would get one large pizza.
      2: this pizza recipe cannot be made in the microwave.
      3: dry active yeast are compressed dry yeast available in granules. they are inactive at room temperature but become active in warm water. by normal you mean fresh yeast? actually there are 3 types of yeast available – fresh yeast, dry active yeast and instant yeast. so you can check whats mentioned on the labels before you buy. the amount of the different yeast varies. you can use this yeast calculator to know how much of fresh or instant yeast you can add for 1 tsp dry active yeast (since you are making 1 large pizza) – http://www.traditionaloven.com/conversions_of_measures/yeast_converter.html

  34. MINI says

    Hi

    What is the mode you select in Microvave oven. Grill on convection mode?

    Please tell me

    Thanks

  35. Kam says

    Superb Pizza recipe. Delicious output and a never-go-wrong recipe. thanks for sharing :)

  36. Ashwini says

    Dear Dassana,

    I have been making pizzas at home with store-bought bases for a very long time now. And finally after mustering up enough courage tried your recipe for homemade pizza base. To much delight, the pizzas turned out fabulous ! My kids really enjoyed them and so did we.
    Thank you for the wonderful recipe…its soon going to become a family-favourite for us.

    • dassana says

      thanks ashwini for this positive feedback. i am glad you all liked the pizza recipe and it turned out very good.

    • dassana says

      herbs are basically plants that are used in cooking and baking for their aroma and flavor. eg coriander leaves and mint leaves which we use a lot in indian cooking are herbs. in italian cooking, for eg basil, celery, parsley etc are used. they can be fresh or dried. dried herbs are available individually or in a mix with other herbs in most super stores. fresh herbs are also easily available nowadays.

  37. Usha Iyer says

    Hi Dassana,
    I tried baking pizza at home as per your recipe and its come really good.
    Thanks my husband liked it very much..
    I am happy..
    Once again thanks for such a wonderful recipe

    Usha Iyer

      • Usha Iyer says

        Dassana,

        I tried using two cups of maida and nearly one cup of wheat flour and also tried four cheese combination. The pizza crust came extremely soft and it tasted good too..
        Thanks dear..
        Must say ur a wonderful cook or chef.. :-)

  38. Tarun says

    Thanks for recipe, its yummm………tried bit differently, filled cheese in b/w layers of pizza!!! awesome.

    Dr. Tarun

    • says

      abhinesh, you can use wheat floor too. but if you make it completely with wheat flour then the veg pizza becomes dense and it is not very soft. but using wheat flour is more healthy. another option you have is to mix wheat flour with maida (or all purpose flour)

      • says

        Hi Dassana,

        I tried it with maida yesterday with my new LOFA Oven. With few mistakes .. but it was tasty ..Since that was my first Pizza, I will rate it success!
        1. when I prepared yeast, it didnt become bubble or frothy layer on top.. yes even after 40 mins.
        2. So I kept the dough aside for 5 Hrs.. Yes , It came good looking .
        3. I made thin crust.. because I like that way.
        4. My Oven was so Hot..(next time I will measure temperature) So My pizza was ready in less than 10 min.. But.. I wasn’t sure.. I kept it inside for few more mins and the edges got burned and cheese become brown.

        But… at the end it was Soooo Tasty except the edges..

        Can I know what may be the reasons for issues yeast ..

        • says

          for a first time, they way you have mentioned, looks like the pizza was good.

          yeast needs luke warm or warm water to get activated. if the water is not enough warm or hot, then the yeast does not get activated. also the yeast should not be expired. so if there is no froth and bubbles, its best to throw away the solution and start again. also some sugar needs to be added to the water. as this also helps in activation.

  39. abhi says

    how do i make the pizza base without yeast? i dont have yeast right now. and is parmesan cheese fine? or should i use mozzarella only? i also have amul cheese spread

    • says

      hi abhi, to make the pizza base, yeast is essential. you will have to get ready pizza bases then. you can use parmesan cheese also. amul cheese spread can be applied to the base.

  40. amita says

    And dassana ji plz also tell that regular ovens and microwave ovens are different or same.and if i make pizza on tava will it be soft and fluffy.plz reply i will be very veru thankful of u.

    • says

      regular oven is different from microwave oven. when you bake in the convection mode of a microwave oven, it functions like regular oven. however in the microwave mode, the functions of the microwave oven are totally different. if you want to go into full time baking, then i would suggest you to buy a regular oven.

      you can make pizza on a tava. just you have to make sure that the base does not get burnt. if the dough is proofed and kneaded well, then the pizza bread will become soft. you can compare it with naan or kulcha made from yeast. they can be made both on stove top/tava and oven. if the dough is good, the naan or kulcha would come out perfect in both the oven and tava.

      • amita says

        Thanku dassanaji.ek aur problem hai.i have made base today in convection mode but it was not spongy and soft but too hard.i think dough was not proper.whenever i make dough it ferment but not double up,why.plz help

  41. Shalini Chowdhury says

    Dear Dassana
    The preparation of the pizza was fabulously explained along with pictures given for reference ….great job…simply loved it. Thanks

  42. sanjaya says

    Really a great guide to prepare pizza at home…I tried it and the outcome is 100% perfect

    Thanks Author

  43. geeta says

    hiii very good recipe of pizza i was searching for so long my daughter loved it tnks for the recipe

  44. lucky says

    Hi,

    Your pizza looks delicious….i really wanna try….but am a beginner….planning to get a new oven.Please suggest should i go for OTG oven for micro wave convection model…..

    • says

      you have to first consider your budget before buying any oven and also your requirements. microwave oven with convection would cost you 10,000 rs and above for a good brand in india. OTG would come from 2500 rs and above. if you just plan to bake and grill, then OTG is good. if you want to cook in the microwave and bake also, then go for microwave with convection. reheating food & making cups of tea or coffee is also quick in microwave. so decide accordingly and buy. as far as baking is concerned, both OTG and microwave are good. I use both for baking. in microwave the baking takes less time, due to the fan, i think. so decide as per your budget, requirements and needs.

  45. Dr Sankara Guha Dwarkanath says

    Hi, I don’t have an regular oven, can I make the pizza base in a microwave oven? Or is there another way I could make the pizza base…please let me know.

    • says

      dear dr sankara, i won’t suggest to make the pizza base in the microwave. you can cook the pizza base on a tava or a frying pan.
      method given below:

    • just smear some olive oil on the tava or the frying pan. non stick is pan is better.
    • roll a thick chapati from the pizza dough.
    • place it on the hot tava and let one side cook and get browned.
    • now flip and the cooked side comes on top.
    • remove tha pan from fire.
    • quickly spread the pizza sauce on the pizza.
    • add the veggie toppings and the grated cheese.
    • cover the tava or the pan and cook till the cheese melts and the base becomes crisp.
  46. Manisha says

    Awesome pizza , I followed each & every step of this recipe & turned out a very nice crispy pizza ,Inspite of maida I took 1/2 wheat flour & 1/2 Maida

  47. Richa says

    Hi Dassana

    I really like pizzas and so I tried making veg pizza with the above recipe but with store bought pizza base and in convection mode in a microwave.
    The top of the pizza tasted good but the bread base was too hard. The pizza was not soft and gooey like it should be. Can you pls suggest how could I improve the same.

    Thanks
    Richa

    • says

      i am assuming that you brought already baked pizza bread base. in this case, you will need to bake or grill it for a less period of time as the bread is already baked. so just baking the pizza for 10-12 minutes or till the cheese melts for 180 degrees C in the convection mode is fine. the pizza bread must have got over baked and hence the hardness of the base.

      • Richa says

        Thanks Dassana for your reply. I will try the recipe again :)

        If any recipe asks for oven process, can we do the same in a microwave in convection mode? or is it not the same? As is the case with pizzas and cake recipes.

        • says

          the microwave and convection mode are different modes as well as methods of cooking food.

          - in the microwave mode, food is cooked by the microwave waves.
          - in the convection mode food is cooked by heat waves through convection heating method. the same way a regular oven would cook or bake food.
          - when we cook food in a pot or pan the food is cooked by the heat waves in the conduction mode.
          - in the microwave mode, food cooks very fast
          - in the convection mode, food does not cook fast

          now if any recipe calls for an oven, it means cooking or baking in the convection mode. unless the recipe specifies that it can be cooked in the microwave mode.

          i would not suggest anyone to make or bake pizza in the microwave mode. it is better if they bake it on a tava/flat pan than microwave it. baking in the oven or grilling are the best methods to make pizza.

          for cakes, you can make in both modes- either microwave or convection. i have made many cakes in both the modes individually and they have always turned out well.

          for microwave cakes, the batter has to be liquid and moist than the regular cake batter. my suggestion would be to make cake recipes which are meant to be done in the microwave mode rather than convection mode. there are lot of cake recipes on the web which can be made in the microwave mode.

          the time required for making a medium size cake can be anywhere between 8-10 minutes on full microwave power. one has to keep on checking in between so that the cake does not become dry and stiff.

          for oven baked cakes depending on the recipe, the cake can be baked anywhere between 150 degrees C to 200 degress C or more. the cake might take 20 to 50 minutes to bake.

          i hope this info helps you richa.

  48. Deepa Mohan says

    Hi Dassana

    Tried out the Pizza Recipe today and this time made sure that the water is just warm. Also i used SAF Instant Yeast. The base and topping turned out to be wonderful. The only mistake was i wasn’t sure as to how to use the temperature setting in my pizza maker. Hence the pizza got a bit over cooked, only the top cheese layer turned brown. Apart from that pizza was awesome. Hats off to you…. and many many thanks. I have also sent a photo of my home made pizza to the e-mail address of veg recipes of India.
    Just let me know how you feel it looks.
    Tks again

  49. Meeta says

    Hi Dassana, can we use the same baking tin used for baking cakes? Also if i use whole wheat and maida in the ratio of 2:1 , will it make any difference in taste or as an amateur should i strictly follow the ditto receipe i.e with maida and later go on for any R & D…:)

    meeta…

    • says

      dear meeta, if you have a shallow baking tin you can use it. the only issue with a baking tin would be to remove the pizza. its much easier with a flat baking pan or even a pie dish.

      there will be a slight difference in the texture and taste. but overall with the veggies, sauce and cheese it does not matter much. you won’t be able to know the difference. the pizza base will not be spongy or light like in the original recipe. it will be a little dense and chewy. but not an issue. i made a whole wheat pizza and the hubby was not even able to tell the difference. you can do the R & D. i do so many R & Ds when i cook :-)

  50. ANIL KUMAR C H says

    Hi Dassana, Ur step bt step tutorials are awesome for any starters in kitchen and i give u 10/10 for keeping the fantafabolous work. God bless u .

    Well i like to know which camera ur using to take tis awesome pics. Is its DSLR or a Aim & Shoot compact camera, please let me know the name and model number

    Regards

    Anil – Hubli

    • says

      thanks anil for the 10/10 points :-)

      i have a canon DSLR camera. it is EOS 600D model. in the united states its known as canon EOS rebel T3i. i use the Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.6-5.6 IS II lens.

  51. says

    nothing better than home made bread topped with gorgeous sauce and veggies! I havent had store bought bread in almost 2 years now..:) maybe an artisan local bread once in a few months.. love your step by step pictures. now if only i can find a house with daylight in the kitchen and move there:)

          • Deepa Mohan says

            Sure i will. Last week i made it but the dough did not fluff up. But the topping was good. I have a new pizza maker but do not know how to reheat it. It has temp knob upto 250 degrees and timer knob and also coil selector. Cud u tell me how do i pre heat it and upto what time pls. I am very new to baking.
            A big tks to you for all your recopes. Have tried most of them…. Came out very well

            • says

              the water temperature is very important for the yeast to get activated. if the water is cool, the yeast does not get activated and if it is hot the yeast dies.

              i have never used an electric pizza maker. i guess it would be the same as the preheating we do for oven. set the temperature and then the time say 4 or 5 minutes. i don’t know what is coil selector. its better you check the manual that came with it. that will help and guide you.

              • Deepa Mohan says

                Tks a lot. You were perfectly right. After i added water to the yeast i realized that the water was too hot. Got your point clearly. Will take care next time. Many tks for your guidance. I think the new cooks need not refer to any recipe book but only subscribe to your website. Marvellous
                Tks again

  52. deepti says

    This looks amazingly yummy. How would it turn out if I substitute maida with wheat flour?

    • says

      i have made the pizza with wheat flour. the dough becomes stiff and is not very elastic as compared to the dough made with maida. even the pizza bread is dense and chewy. i would suggest you add half-half quantities of both maida and wheat flour or in the ratio of 2:1 where it would be 2 cups of wheat flour and 1 cup of maida.

  53. says

    Except for making the pizza base which I feel too lazy to make when I get ready made base easily, I love homemade pizzas…your look scrumptious!

    • says

      dear suvidha, the pizza can’t be made in the microwave.

      you can but make it on the stove top. take a nice non stick pan or good tava. grease with some oil and heat it. now place the pizza base on it.
      it will become brown. flip it. quickly put the toppings, cheese etc. cover and let cook on a slow flame till the cheese melts.

      for more details check this ehow link on how to make pizza on stove top: http://www.ehow.com/how_2310066_make-stovetop-pizza.html

  54. shweta says

    Hi Dasanna,

    Nice review of pizza from start to end, i was searching for good pizza recipe since a long time. Thne finally o got today. I am a regular follower of your site and used to watch almost daily. My one question to you is from where to get the dry yeast, I live in Mumbai

    • says

      thanks shweta. you can easily get dry yeast in a supermarket or hypermarket in mumbai. they come in small packets or in small bottles.

  55. says

    I’ve been looking for a good pizza dough recipe for a while because I have a goat’s cheese & fig pizza that I want to blog about from my holiday to Cape Town. I will definitely use this recipe and link it back to you, so thanks. I am going out to buy some more spelt flour today so will let you know how it goes!!

      • amita says

        Dasssanaji plz tell can pizza base be made in convection mode in the microwave oven.i had tried many times but it became too hard plz plz reply

        • says

          hi amita, i have made this pizza in the convection mode of microwave oven. i have made pizza many times in the convection mode with perfect results. the dough is becoming hard as i suspect its not kneaded well. the gluten has to form in the dough and if there is no proper gluten development in the dough, the bread becomes hard. it can also be due to the yeast not getting fermented well.