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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Fusion Cuisine"- Paneer Tikka Pizza

'The grass is always greener on the other side' as they rightly say, when I was in India, I would crave the 'western' type food...and now that I am here in USA, I am craving the hot ,spicy, zesty and tasty Indian food. I love how the 'food companies' cater to the tastes of people in different countries. In India, Pizza- hut has these 'mouthwateringly-delicious' pizzas- Paneer Tikka Pizza, Chicken tikka pizza etc which are nothing but 'Indianized' pizzas with popular indian toppings. I just love those! When I visit Pune, I do eat at Pizza hut for these Pizzas.Obviously, we have no such pizzas here and hence there is only one option- make it yourself!
I made Panner tikka pizza the other day to revisit 'Pizza hut India'!

For Paneer Tikka Topping
1 cup Paneer cubes
1/2 tsp Ginger garlic paste
1 tsp yogurt
1/2tsp Kitchen king masala
1tsp chili powder
1tsp cumin-cilantro powder
chopped cilantro
For pizza:
1 Boboli Pizza base
1/4 cup Pizza sauce (Tomato sauce with Italian herbs) ( I sometimes use plain Ketchup!!)
1/2 cup shredded pizza blend cheese/ mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup sliced green peppers
1/2cup thinly sliced onions
1/2tsp red pepper flakes
Black pepper
2 pinches ajwain seeds
chopped cilantro

1) Mix together yogurt, kitchen king masala,chili powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, cumin-cilantro powder.Marinate the Paneer cubes and keep for 1 hr.
2) In a nonstick pan, stir fry the marinated Paneer on oil till golden brown from all  sides.All the chopped cilantro.Paneer Tikka is ready.Can serve as appetizer or with roti/naan.
3) Pre heat the oven to 400F.
4) On the pizza base, spread the pizza sauce.Top with Paneer Tikka, sliced onions, green pepper, cheese, red pepper flakes ,ajwain ,salt and black pepper, chopped cilantro

5) Bake at 400F for 10-15 mins or so till the cheese has nicely melted. Broil in the oven for 1-2 mins.
6) Serve hot!!

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