Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Spicy Pizzas made with Naan Bread

I'm always on the lookout for quick, ribsticking dishes for my growing lads, and these vibrant spiced-up pizzas tick all the boxes in the teen-fodder department. My local Spar sells nice little naan breads, and I've teamed these up with a lightly spiced tomato sauce, some zingy toppings and a handful of fresh leaves.

Spicy Pizzas made with Naan Bread
Spicy Pizzas made with Naan Bread

Look, I know mozzarella isn't an ingredient you're likely to find in an Indian dish, but what's a pizza without cheese? I use the stringy supermarket stuff that passes for mozzarella on these pizzas, and everyone's happy. You can add any topping you like to these, as long as - and this is my personal rule of thumb - it's something you're likely to find in a curry. So olives, salami, strips of ham, anchovies and tinned pineapple chunks are out. In the first picture I've used roasted aubergines and yellow peppers, plus orange chillies, and in the second strips of spiced chicken breast and sliced green chillies.

Spicy Pizzas made with Naan Bread
Put anything you like on top of these instant 'pizzas'.

My sons aren't mad about fresh coriander - which is the obvious choice of leafy topping - so I use little mint leaves instead.

If you don't have time to make a spicy tomato base for these pizzas, use ordinary tomato pizza sauce and add a little garlic and cumin to it.

Spicy Pizzas made with Naan Bread

For the Spicy Tomato Sauce
1 Tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
1 tsp (5 ml) mustard seeds
a thumb-length quill of cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp (10 ml) fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tin tomato-and-onion mix, or tinned tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp (5 ml) medium-strength curry powder
½ tsp (2.5 ml) cumin
½ tsp (2.5 ml) coriander powder
3 Tbsp (45 ml) water
2 Tbsp  (30 ml) natural yoghurt
salt and pepper

For the pizzas:
8 small naan breads
mozzarella cheese
3 cloves garlic, finely crushed
cumin and red chilli powder for dusting
toppings of your choice (see my notes above)
a little olive oil
salt and milled black pepper
fresh coriander or mint

First make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the mustard seeds and cinnamon stick. When the mustard seeds start to pop and sputter, turn down the heat and add the garlic and ginger. Allow to sizzle for a minute or two (don't let the garlic brown) and then add the tomatoes, curry powder, cumin and coriander. Let the sauce bubble over a medium heat for five minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir in the water, and then stir in the yoghurt, a teaspoon at a time. Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper.

Turn on your grill and place a baking sheet or a pizza stone in the oven to heat through.

Lightly toast one side of the naan breads in a dry frying pan, or under the hot grill. Turn them over and spread a little tomato sauce on them, leaving a little gap around the edges. Cover with a few slices of cheese. Dust the cheese with a little cumin and chilli powder, and dab with crushed garlic. Add the toppings. Cook under a hot grill until the cheese is bubbling.

Drizzle with a little olive oil and top with fresh green leaves.

Serves 8.

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chocswirl said...

Ahhh these look amazing! I would love to see how the curry flavours work in a pizza. The pics just make you wanna eat them.

PinkPolkaDot said...

Great idea!! I am always on the lookout for something easy to feed the teens!

Linda Harding said...

I've heard that your food should look colourful and inviting - by using delicious ingredients. These look SO inviting! I'd love a few to enjoy in front of the TV with a glass of wine and a good movie!

Jaclyn said...

What a fantastic idea, Jane-Anne. Your images have me drooling!

SugarBeam said...

Oh yeah!! Cheese AND peppers AND Naan Bread?? My teenage Locusts are salivating and ready to swarm!! Thanks!!

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Jane-Anne said...

Thanks Sugarbeam and other friends!

Marisa said...

Loving this idea!