Whole wheat Vegetable Pizza

Baking pizzas at home have become more of a necessity than hobby in the present scenario when we are all home bound. I am so glad that I started baking wheat pizzas long back that now it’s as easy as making chapatis for me. My kids relish them as much as they enjoy store bought ones and it gives me immense happiness to see them eat healthy.

I had been getting many requests for this recipe. So here it is for all of you. Do let me know if you have even the tiniest doubt and I would be happy to help you. I know baking is as easy as it can be but equally difficult for some and I love helping as much as I can.

Happy baking!

RECIPE:

Ingredients:

For the pizza dough: (makes two medium size pizzas)

3 Cups whole wheat flour/ Atta ( I use Pillsbury most times)

1 to 1 1/2 Cups Water (depending on the flour brand)

2 tsp Instant yeast ( or 2 1/2 tsp dry active yeast)

1/2 tsp Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Olive oil/ or any oil to coat the dough

For the toppings: (for 1 pizza)

Around 5 Tbsp Pizza sauce or Tomato ketchup

Approx 1 Cup grated mozzarella cheese or as required

1 Cup of mixed vegetables (like Capsicum, Onion, sweetcorn, mushroom,babycorn)

A handful of chopped olives

Salt to taste

A dash of pepper powder

Olive oil or any oil to coat the dough surface.

Step by step recipe:

1. Take 1 Cup lukewarm water and add 1/2 tsp sugar into it. Mix well and add 2 tsp instant yeast. Mix once and allow it to proof.{The water should NOT be very hot nor cold for the yeast to proof}

2. Meanwhile, take 3 cups of wheat flour in a large mixing bowl and add salt to it. Mix well.

3. Now the yeast has proofed as shown. (If the yeast does not proof ie does not rise, discard it and do not follow the next steps as maybe the yeast has expired.)

See for the bubbles, yeasty aroma and a slight rise to check if the yeast is good or not.

4. Now add this to the flour- salt mixture and knead just like you knead normal dough for chapatis adding the extra 1/2 Cup water if necessary.

5. Now add olive oil towards the end of the kneading process and knead once again to form a smooth dough. ( If you don’t have olive oil, any oil like sunflower or coconut oil will do)

6. Keep the dough covered in a warm place for about 1.5 hours to 2 hours for the dough to rise and double the size. If the weather is cold, it might take even 3 hours.

7. Meanwhile chop and prepare veggies for topping.

See the quantity of veggies I have taken. This much is enough for one medium pizza. Don’t add too many veggies which will spoil the taste.
Add salt and pepper powder to the veggies

8. Now after 1.5 hours, check if the dough has risen and doubled. If so, remove and divide into two halves.

9. Spread one half of the dough over a well greased (with oil and dust little wheat flour) oven proof pizza plate with fingers as shown.

10. Spread evenly in a round shape if possible and then coat the dough with oil.

It should NOT be spread very thick as it won’t bake well. Spread as evenly as possible.

11. Add a layer of pizza sauce or ketchup and grated mozzarella cheese.

12. Add veggies and spread evenly.

13. Add another layer of mozzarella cheese.

14. Now top with olive slices.

15. Preheat the oven at 200 C for 10 mins. ( Do this before you start topping your pizza. So by the time you finish topping, the oven is very hot. The oven needs to be very hot when you place the pizza in the oven.)

16. Now place the pizza in the center rack of the hot oven and bake for 15 mins at 200 C. Do NOT open the oven door in this time. After 15 mins, check if the cheese has melted and turned golden. If so, take it out.

17. Slice and enjoy your hot homemade wheat pizza!

Notes:

* Very important to note that the 3 Cups of wheat flour we used yields two pizzas. So use only half the dough for one pizza. If you use the whole dough for one pizza, it will turn thick and won’t cook properly.

* Here is the other half of the dough. I refrigerate it in an airtight container and it lasts atleast 3 to 4 days in the fridge and I can make pizza again.

* Grease the pizza plate well with oil and dust wheat flour over it so that the pizza does not stick to the plate. Look at the under side of the pizza. Love the colour.

* Also always proof your yeast to check if it’s good or not. Else it’s a waste of ingredients. I have explained proofing in the first few steps.

* Every oven is different. So do keep an eye after 10 mins into the baking time. But don’t open the oven door many times as it disturbs the baking process.

* Do remember to preheat the oven atleast for 10 mins at 200 C so that the oven is very hot when pizza is placed which is very essential for proper baking.

I have tried to note down as much points as possible so that it’s easy for you all to follow but if you still have any doubts, either comment here or message me on my Facebook page Healthy cooking with mitha or on my Instagram handle and I would be happy to help. Happy baking!

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