Since I love to experiment and reinvent classic dishes using indian spices I thought I would post this recipe for a flatbread pizza. A few days ago I made pizza dough and attempted to make a traditional Margherita Pizza. This was inspired by tasting an amazing traditional margherita pizza at a pizza place in New York City called Lazzaros. Needless to say, my version wasn’t a successful attempt, however I had some leftover dough and for a side dish thought why not try to do something a little different with it? This time the results were great! So below is my recipe for Indian Inspired Margherita Style Flatbread Pizza starting of course with the pizza dough.
No Rise Pizza Dough
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons (or one packet) of active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
- 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
This is a very simple pizza dough recipe, made all the more simple using my stand mixer. Place the water and yeast in the stand mixer, stir gently and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in all the other ingredients and 1 cup of the flour. Using the dough hook attachment in your stand mixer start to mix everything together. Keep adding flour until you have a dough with a slightly sticky consistently.
At this point you have two options. If you plan on using the dough right away take it out of the stand mixer and knead it. The dough is now ready for use in your favorite pizza. I actually let the dough rise for an hour, then punched it down and kneaded it prior to using it. Both ways work well and will yield similar results.
Indian Inspired Marghertia Style Flatbread Pizza
- 1 plum tomato
- 1/2 teaspoon of chat masala*
- Cilantro to Taste
- 3 Cloves of garlic finely chopped
- Olive oil to taste
- Salt to taste
- Herbed goat cheese to taste
Now for the fun part…the topping! Start with a nice ripe tomato. I prefer to use plum tomatos because I love their taste. However since it’s summertime you can find so many different varieties of tomato at the local farmers market, so feel free to experiment. Chop the tomato and set aside in a bowl. Add in the finely chopped garlic, salt and olive oil.
Mix everything together and then add in the Chat Masala.
*As a side note for those who don’t know what Chat Masala is, it is an Indian spice with a slightly sweet, spicy and fruity scent and flavor. It brings out the taste of fruits and vegetables with out masking their natural taste. It can be found in Indian markets and in some places at your local grocery store.
Let this mixture sit for a few minutes so the flavors have time to meld together.
In the meantime heat up a cast iron pan on the stove. I know it sounds crazy but if you can make flatbread on a grill why not on the stovetop. Take the pizza dough and roll it out to fit your cast iron pan. Place the dough on the warm cast iron and let it heat through and through. Once you notice a change in the color flip the dough so the backside has a chance to cook.
At this point you can put the tomato topping on the flatbread and top that with the herbed goat cheese. Let the cheese melt and you know have an awesome tasting flatbread pizza!