Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Healthy Wheat Pizza - Eat guilt free

I would have already mentioned that I am always conscious about what I eat. But I never avoid any kind of food. Wherever possible I would try to make an healthier version of the food and enjoy them without guilt. One such food is pizza.

I make a healthier version of it replacing half the quantity of all-purpose-flour with whole wheat flour,using less amount of cheese and adding as much of veggies as possible. We both enjoy this in the evenings after he comes home and have a very light dinner. It is very easy to bake them at home. I have tried to explain the procedure step by step with the pictures, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

(Serves 4)

For the dough:
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose-flour(you might need extra flour for dusting)
3/4 to 1 cup warm water(not too hot but just about 120F)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
2 tbsp and 1 tsp of extra light olive oil
1 packet of quick rising yeast(I use Fleischmann's RapidRise 7g packet)

For the topping:
1/3 cup Pizza sauce(store bought)
1 cup veggies your choice(I used chunks of onion, green pepper, red pepper and pineapple)
1/3 cup part skimmed mozzarella cheese
red chilli flakes and pepper to taste

Combine the salt, sugar, yeast and water in a bowl. Whisk them with a wire whisk or spoon so that the yeast gets completely dissolved. Leave it for 5 mins. Then add the 2 tbsp oil, wheat and all-purpose-flour to this yeast mixture. Knead the flour and when it comes together as a dough transfer the dough to a dusted surface and knead them into a smooth elastic dough. Add flour if it still sticks to your hands. Keep this in a bowl and sprinkle little oil on the dough so that it doesn't get dry. Cover it with a wet cloth and keep it in a warm place for 20 to 30 mins.

The dough will rise as shown below.

Transfer the dough into the working surface dusted with flour. Punch them hard with your hands(dust your hands with little flour). Then roll the dough into a circle with either a rolling pin or just with your hands. You can roll them to any desired thickness..however you like some go for thin crust and some for thick. I make thicker crust as that is what he likes.

Then spread the pizza sauce and sprinkle the pepper and red chilli flakes.

Top them with the veggies.

Sprinkle the cheese above the veggies.

Bake them in a preheated oven at 500F for 8 to 10 mins or until the cheese turns golden. Go ahead, slice and serve them hot.

I am sending this to the "Sandwich event" hosted by Sindhura.


Vandhana said...

healthy and tasty i miss it

Unknown said...

Don't worry I will make this for u....if u come here:)

Preety said...

wow healthy version of pizza awesome

Unknown said...

Thanks for visiting my blog preety....I am so glad that you liked it:)

Unknown said...

Wow...I will do this healthy pizza for sure..I really love it..Yummy :)

Aji said...

Sangeetha, tried this when we had a couple of our frnds visiting us... And, this is an instant hit!! :) Simple and superb recipe...