Veg Pizza Recipe From Scratch | BEST Homemade Vegetable Pizza

Veg Pizza Recipe with step by step photos. The all time favorite, super delicious and best veg pizza recipe from scratch.

This is a tried and tested veg pizza recipe and if everything is followed correctly, you will be able to make great pizza with a choice of your toppings for your family and friends. This homemade veg pizza beats all the pizzas I had in Indian pizza chains in various Indian cities.

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

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This recipe of homemade veg pizza is a pizza recipe made from scratch. Except for 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. I have adapted the recipe from the cookbook “The Bread Bible: 300 Favorite Recipes” by Beth Hensperger.

How to make veggie pizza recipe

For ease of understanding, I have divided the post into 3 main parts:

  1. Making the pizza bread
  2. Making the pizza sauce
  3. Assembling pizza

Lets start with step 1 – making the pizza base

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7: the mixture will become sticky.

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

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

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10: it is 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.

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11: keep the dough in a deep large bowl and cover loosely with a kitchen napkin or towel for 1.5 to 2 hours.

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

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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.

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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.

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15: I kept the cold pizza dough at room temperature for about 45 minutes before I started assembling and rolling pizza.

Making pizza sauce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8. The pizza sauce is ready.

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Making vegetable pizza 

1: preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Grease the baking pan with olive oil & then dust it with maize flour (cornmeal), semolina (rava or sooji) or flour.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5: spread the tomato pizza sauce on the pizza.

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6: top up with the veggies and olives.

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7: top with some shredded mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese.

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8: 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.

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9: The veg pizza is ready and out of the oven.

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10: Serve the veg pizza immediately with tomato sauce or tomato ketchup and the herbs.

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This is a tried and tested recipe and if everything is followed correctly, you will be able to make great & best veg pizza with a choice of your toppings for your family and friends.
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Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:2 hrs 40 mins
Course:main course
Cuisine:italian
Diet:vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):3 medium sized pizzas or 2 large pizzas
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Ingredients 

for the bread base

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water or add as required
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or add as required
  • some olive oil for brushing
  • all purpose flour or cornmeal (makki ka atta) or semolina for sprinkling

for pizza sauce

  • 4 to 5 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine, optional
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • freshly crushed or ground black pepper, as required
  • salt as required

toppings for 2 medium sized veg pizza

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 capsicum (bell pepper), sliced
  • 1 tomato, chopped or sliced, optional
  • 8 to 9 pitted green olives, sliced, optional
  • 8 to 9 pitted black olives, sliced, optional
  • grated mozarella cheese or pizza cheese, as required
  • fresh or dried herbs, as required

Instructions

making pizza dough

  • Sprinkle sugar in warm water.
  • Add yeast. Stir and let the mixture sit at room temperature for 10-15 mins till it becomes frothy,
  • In a bowl add one cup flour, salt, olive oil and the frothy yeast mixture.
  • Stir. Add another cup of flour. stir again. The mixture become sticky.
  • Add the last cup of flour and continue to stir.
  • Knead the dough into a smooth, springy ball. apply some olive oil all over the dough.
  • Cover loosely and keep in a large bowl at room temperature for 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • The dough will double up and nicely leaven.

making pizza sauce

  • Blanch the tomatoes and the chop them.
  • Heat oil. Fry the chopped garlic. add the tomatoes and wine. let them cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the herbs, salt and pepper. mix well. Cook further for 3 to 4 minutes.

assembling and making veg pizza

  • Flatten the dough to a disk. on a floured surface roll the dough.
  • Place the dough onto a greased and dusted pan.
  • Brush some olive oil on the pizza base. spread the tomato sauce on the pizza.
  • Top with the veggies. spread the grated cheese.
  • Bake 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.
  • Serve veggie pizza hot.

Notes

Tips for making 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.
  6. Leftover pizza dough can be refrigerated or freezed. If freezed, it stays well for a month. 

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Best Veg Pizza Recipe From Scratch | Homemade Vegetable Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 802 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 1542mg67%
Potassium 884mg25%
Carbohydrates 118g39%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 3120IU62%
Vitamin C 82.6mg100%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 9.3mg52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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506 comments/reviews

  1. How many gram contains a teaspoon & a tablespoon as for pizza receipe.

    • each ingredient will weigh different in 1 teaspoon as well as 1 tablespoon. eg sugar will weigh different than flour or salt.

  2. Hey there, thanks for the recipe. Since i have no much knowledge of microwave which i usually use to heat my pre-cooked food. Yesterday i had this thought of preparing pizza at home so i googled for recipies to make pizza n found your recipe i gave it a shot, i did everything as mentioned above but i got failed the base came out rock solid. please guide me on how to get that soul relieving pizza.
    P.s: i am from kargil here there is no pizza joint to kill my hunger for pizzzzza.
    thanks in advance

    • abbas, you need to use the convection mode of your microwave oven to make pizza. in the convection mode, all kinds of baking recipes can be made. not all microwave ovens have convection option in them. so you have to find out if the oven model you have has a convection feature. using the microwave option, the pizza will become dense and hard. alternatively, you can try tawa pizza.a

  3. I tried it n was out of this world.5 stars

    • Thanks Deeksha for your positive feedback

  4. Hey.. I just made it and made two large pizza ooommmgg it was so so so delicious my mom juz Loved it n said it’s way too good than market bought… I said u r behind my cooking skills… Thanks a million mam… Love you loads..5 stars

    • Welcome Deeksha. Glad to know that you and your mother liked the Pizza. happy baking.

  5. Tasty and yummy

  6. Hello mam,

    I tried ur ata base receipe of pizza. I first tried it in gas tandoor it came out excellent with Base crisp ans cheese melted. I again tried in my new microwave convection mode. The top of it was beautifully​ golden but the base was not crisp as expected. Rather was soft like bread. I have used 180 Deg. With 20 min baking in convection mode. Please suggest what can be done for crisp base.
    Thanks in advance!!

    • Welcome Aparna. You need to keep the pizza in a oven proof metal pan to the a crisp base. If you keep it directly on the glass turn table of the microwave oven, the base will not be crisp or golden. As glass is not a good conductor of heat. So you a oven safe pan and keep the pizza on it and then bake.

  7. Hi dassana,
    I was considering buying olive oil for baking purposes. Any olive oil that mentions as ‘fit for cooking’ will do? Also is it a type of refined oil?

    • ruchi, olive oil can be used for baking. yes you can use the oil which mentions fit for cooking, for baking also. usually the olive oil we get in shops is refined.

      you can also use sunflower oil for baking. i buy organic sunflower oil and use it for baking and for dishes where a neutral-flavored oil is required. for cooking indian food i use ghee, peanut oil, coconut oil, sesame oil and mustard oil mostly. for frying i use peanut oil.

  8. Hi Dassana
    Your pizza made me drool?In which rack do we have to keep the baking tray (top bottom or middle) ? And if I want to bake multiple pizza at a time with two baking trays how should I do ? Please clarify.

    • thanks priya. if you want a browned crisp base, then keep at the bottom. use both the heating elements. if you want a base which is golden but not crisp but soft like bread, the keep in the middle rack. if you want the cheese to be golden and the veggies charred from the edges, then keep below the top rack. what i do is keep in the middle rack. if i want the base to be crisp, then i keep close to bottom heating element. you can keep two baking trays either in the bottom or middle or in the middle and top.

  9. Hi dassana,
    Great recipe!
    Please adapt this recipe and give step by step instructions to make pizza on stove top. As you know most people in India don’t have oven. I checked the internet and there aren’t many proper recipes available to make pizza on stove top.
    Thanks for all the recipes. I use your site religiously!

    • thanks zainab. i will be adding the stove top pizza recipe but with a no yeast pizza dough. but with the same method, even this pizza can be made.

  10. Hi M/s. Dassana,
    Love all your recipes. They are really simple and your site is very helpful with all the clear pictures of the steps. Want to know if I could bake the Pizza in a pan on a Stove top?5 stars

    • thanks indira. you can bake the pizza in a pan or tawa. firstly use a heavy and thick large bottomed pan. keep the flame on low or sim. spread some oil or butter all over the pan. place the rolled pizza dough without the toppings first. lightly cook the base. just a light brown. them lift and turn over gently. on the partly cooked surface, quickly spread the pizza sauce. add the veggie toppings and grated cheese. cover the pan with a lid. cook till the base becomes crisp and golden. keep everything ready. also use heavy thick bottomed pan and cook on a low flame, so that the base does not get burnt.

  11. I tried the recipe in microwave convection mode. Everything turned out right but the base was white and not brown and crisp. why?

    • did you use a baking tray for the pizza. or you kept the pizza directly on the glass turn table. if you have kept the pizza on the glass turn table, then it won’t become golden or crisp as glass is not a good conductor of heat. preferably an aluminium baking pan or tray should be used, so that the pizza base turns golden and crisp. if you have used a baking tray, then some more baking time will yield a golden and crisp pizza base.

  12. can we replace yeast ?

    • if yeast is not used, then the recipe changes. i will be adding a veg pizza recipe made without yeast soon.

  13. Hi dassana I love ur recipes and I check ur blog daily u can post no oven no yeast pizza recipe

    • thanks rachana. i will add the recipe soon 🙂

  14. Hi dassana,
    Thanks for this.
    I’ll try soon.

    • sure mamtha 🙂 thanks.

  15. Hi Dassana,
    Watta recipe!!! I have never imagined that home made pizzas could be better than store bought ones. No more store bought pizzas. Thanks for ur wonderful recipes. You have made our meal time interesting and enjoyable.5 stars

    • welcome madhumita 🙂 thanks for positive views, glad you liked the veg pizza recipe.

  16. Hello ..I had tried ds receip ..it was good but d pizza was bit hard..it dosnt look lyk a cheese burst one ..cn u plzź tell me ..wat mistake I had done

    • pratibha, looks like the yeast did not activate properly and thats why the dough had some hardness. even a not so good quality yeast will give issues with the texture of pizza or for that matter any bread. whenever you make pizza or bread, then do try to use a good quality yeast.

  17. hi maam ..pizza was very good…but the base was lil bit more soft ..i had used ..atta and msida both n half quantities

    • aastha, using atta and maida in half-half is fine. more baking would have made the base more crisp. also use a metal baking pan for the base. they get nicely browned and crisp.

  18. Hi dassana

    Love your recipes… Your website is my go-to place when trying anything new. However I am new to baking and need advice. Do I have to preheat the oven every time while making subsequent pizza? As the first one turns out perfect but the second stays raw and cold

    • thanks khyati. if the oven is on, then no need to preheat. but if you switch off the oven, then you need to preheat. when i make subsequent pizzas like these, i keep the oven on. first i prepare second pizza. then remove the first pizza from the oven after its done. place the second pizza and bake it.

  19. I dont hv a baking tray shall i place my pizza directly on the tray?

    • smriti, please use a baking tray. otherwise it become difficult to remove the hot pizza from the oven.

  20. Hi,
    I tried your recipe today and this is the first time am making it. I loved the sauce, added mushrooms too.
    I have convection oven and have a pan which is used for slim fry in oven. Used that for the pizza and kept on the turntable. Dint use aluminum foil before placing the pizza on pan, forgot to do it and dint brush milk on the sides of the pizza. Baked for 15 min at 200, the base got cooked and cheese got melted but neither the base nor the cheese turned brown. But the pizza was perfect crispy on outside and soft in the inside. To make it brown, I baked for 5 more min, the cheese browned but not the base and the base become bit soggy because too much water kept releasing from the sauce while baking. What should I do to brown them?5 stars

    • did you saute the mushrooms or blanch them before adding on the pizza. also a few slices of mushrooms are fine, but too many will make the base wet as they release water while cooking. and the pan is made from metal or glass? let me know.

  21. Hi!
    I tried this recipe and it turned out wonderfully. However, though the first pizza was better than the one you get restaurants there were problems with the base of the other two. Could it be that the dough for the other two rested longer than that of the first one.Or that I kneaded as well as flattened them a lot more than the first one to get a thinner crust. The base of the last two though thin was not as airy or light as the first one. Please point out where I went wrong.5 stars

    • resting for some more time should not be an issue. looks like the crust has got over done while baking. or could be over kneading has caused the issue. too much of kneading after the first rise can affect the texture in any bread. also if you make them more flattened , then the time for baking will also be less as they will get baked and crisp faster. just bake the thin crust pizzas for less time or till the cheese melts. also do not over stuff the toppings on the pizza. hope these suggestions help.

      • Thanks for the reply. Could it be that for thin pizza temperature has to be lower. Like 180 or so?

        • welcome prachi. usually pizzas are baked at a high temperature. the pizzas that we get in india, is the american version of pizza with a thick base. whereas the authentic italian pizza, does not have a thick base. in italy too, they bake at a high temperature.

  22. sir/ madam,
    tell me anather thing in place of active yeast for pizza base

    • you can use instant yeast or fresh yeast.

  23. Agar mozrella cheese na Ho to cottage cheese use kar skte h kya ya iska koi alternate option Ho skta h kya and oregano m kya kya hota h and oregano ka koi dusra option h and Indian basil use kar skte h kya?

    • oregano ka koi option nahin hain. joh sabja plant ka leaves hai, woh use kar sakte hain ya jo market main basil milta hain, wah use kar sakte hain. holy basil ya tulsi ka prayog naa kare, kyun woh bahut strong hota hain and topping koh kadwa kar sakta hain. agar mozarealla cheese nahi hain, no amul processed cheese bhi use kar sakte hain. cottage cheese se alag swad ayega.

  24. Hi, for how many days can we refrigerate the dough? We are just two in the family excluding the toddler who won’t eat much. So one medium pizza would be enough for a time for us. I am New to baking and planning to try it out5 stars

    • can refrigerate for a week. one medium to large pizza is enough for two people, unless the person loves pizzas 🙂

      • Thank you 🙂

        • welcome nisha.

  25. Hi,
    I love pizzas but lately have been extremely dissatisfied with dominos and pizza hut. Your recipe seems delicious and I feel that the pizza will turn out yummy.

    I have never baked anything. I don’t even have an oven. Can I you please tell me which oven should I buy that will be best for this recipe? I really want to start baking and try this recipe at home but I have absolutely no idea about the equipment…5 stars

    • thanks sneha. i used to use a philips oven first, but that model is no longer available. now i am using bajaj 35 litre otg. so far whatever i have baked in it has turned out good. not yet tried pizza, but bread, toasts, cakes all come out well.

  26. Hi,

    Wanna try this recipe tomorrow. Will normal Amul cheese work for the recipe?

    • yes amul cheese will work. amul cheese won’t melt like mozzarella cheese but still taste good.

  27. Hi,

    Thanks for this yummy pizza recipe. Can you please tell i which mode i have to cook pizza?, Microwave , Convection or Grill? And shall i use grill rack? also do tell for how much time i have to cook pizza? shall i use nonstick pan ?

    • use convection mode. preheat the oven using the convection mode at the temperature mentioned in the recipe for at least 15 minutes. you can use a grill rack. but lifting the pizza from grill rack can be an issue. i would suggest to use a pan or tray meant for baking. it can be aluminium or non stick, but it should be able to withstand high temperatures. ideally always use a pan which is meant for baking. timing will vary depending on the capacity, model, make and size of the oven. so i cannot tell the exact time. the cheese should melt and the pizza base should be cooked and golden. once this is done, then you can remove the pizza from the oven.

      • Thank you. This is very helpful for me.5 stars

        • welcome komal.

  28. Thanks sir5 stars

  29. Hi.Please tell how much instant active yeast should be used in this recipe?

    • meenakshi, 1.25 tsp of instant yeast. do note that instant active yeast that is sold in indian markets is dry active yeast and not instant yeast. dry active yeast needs to be mixed with warm water + sugar solution for the proofing. this is not applicable for instant yeast. instant yeast can be directly mixed in the flour.

  30. Dear Dassana,
    Have you used active dry yeast or instant yeast.
    I have active dry yeast,how much of it to use and what would be the rising time.

    Thank you,like your recipes a lot,tried a lot if them

    • i have added dry active yeast. same as mentioned in the recipe. 10 to 15 minutes for frothing.

  31. Hi
    Can u please tell me the alternative for olive oil?4 stars

    • use any neutral flavored oil like sunflower oil.

  32. Thank you so much for this recipe.I made it for dinner today.We loved it.This was the best pizza recipe I have tried.I was searching for veg pizza recipes for quiet a long time,I am happy I found this recipe.I will try your whole wheat Pizza next.?

    • surlky try reshmi and thankyou for your kind and positive words 🙂

  33. Italians take for the pizza dough instead of common flour “farina 00”, which contains less starch. That’s the flour for real pizza. The dough becomes elastic, the artistry some pizzaioli master by throwing it into the air, is only possible with this flour. And it tastes much better. And I don’t take honey, but a pinch of Cayenne Pepper.

    • thankyou for sharing this information tobias 🙂

  34. A question what if I make a whole large pizza with the whole dough instead of dividing it …..would the steps followed would be same or different?????

    • the steps would be the same. just that you will add all the toppings at once on the pizza.

  35. Would love to try this pizza recipe. What can I use as substitute for olive oil?

    • olive oil is always traditionally used. though you can use a neutral flavored oil like sunflower oil.