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Indian Pizza

What you need: 

naan bread (see following recipe)
spicy spinach sauce (see following recipe)
3 cloves minced garlic (only if there is no garlic in naan, or if there is and you like it super garlicy)
1 1/2” knob minced ginger (about 1 ½-2 T)
a handful cilantro, coarse chopped (about 2-3T)
1 bunch green onion 1/2 - 1” sections
1/2 a cauliflower - florets only – broken into small pieces ¼”
1 chinese eggplant, small dice
1 tomato, small dice
4 mushrooms, small dice

What you do: 

There's a restaurant in San Francisco named Zante's and this is my recipe to recreate their vegan Indian pizza.. BEST FOOD ON THE PLANET, EVER!
1. Make the naan bread and spinach sauce.
2. Lightly sprinkle a grease baking sheet with corn meal and place the dough on top.
3. Spread the unbaked naan with the spinach sauce, just like you would with tomato sauce on a typical pizza.
4. Top the pizza with the remaining ingredients in this order: tomato, eggplant, mushroom, cauliflower, ginger, garlic, cilantro, green onion.
5. Bake at 400 F for 20-30 mins.or until the crust is golden brown around the edges.
6. Slice and enjoy the best pizza you will ever taste! :)
Naan Bread with Garlic and Coriander
200 ml / 6.75 fl oz water (lukewarm - not too hot!) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon active dried yeast 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped (optional) 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped (optional) oil spray
1. Combine sugar and water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve sugar. Slowly sprinkle the yeast over the water, constantly stirring to avoid lumps. Put the bowl somewhere warm (microwave or top of stove) until there is froth on top of it - about 15 minutes.
2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, adding the optional ingredients for garlic and coriander naan. Sprinkle the lemon juice over, then pour in the frothy yeast mixture. Mix it all together and knead for about 100 strokes, adding more water as necessary to make a pliable dough. Cover the bowl and let it rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour.
3. When all the other ingredients for the pizza are prepared, knead for another 50 strokes and then form the dough into a ball and flatten it to fit baking sheet, or pizza pan. Cover with oil. Use as pizza crust.
Spicy Spinach Sauce
1 lb. fresh spinach 4 fat cloves garlic 1/2 medium onion 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed 1 teaspoon garam masala + 1/2t turmeric or 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 3 Tablespoons coconut milk, soy milk, water or broth, plus more as needed crushed red pepper to taste
1. Wash the spinach leaves well and drain. Add 1/2 cup water and spinach to a pot. Heat on high for a few minutes, stirring, until the water starts to steam and the bottom leaves begin to wilt. Stir well, cover, lower heat, and cook for about 7 minutes, until just tender. Drain (don't worry about getting out all the water.) Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.
2. Finely mince the garlic and onion.
3. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan. Cook the garlic and onion over medium heat until soft and fragrant. Stir in the turmeric and cook a minute or two more.
4. Toss in the spinach puree and stir well. Add the milk, salt, garam masala and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper to taste. Bring to a low simmer, and cook a few minutes more to let the flavors meld. If the mixture looks too dry, add a little more milk. Use as pizza sauce and spread on unbaked naan.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
Servings: 
8-10
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This is wonderful!
Nextime I will switch the cauliflower for eggplant, or maybe even potato,
But I followed this pretty much to the letter (minus the toppings-- I omitted some)
I will make this again and again!
My financee is going to LOVE this  ;)b

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I agree that this was a "party in my mouth."  I upped the salt and spices in the sauce a bit, and left off the eggplant (because I am allergic).  It was FANTASTIC!  Can't wait to eat the leftover second pizza for lunch tomorrow!  Thanks for this one!

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I thought this was a very nice vegan pizza recipe since it was actually filling. I have had the problem with vegan pizza tasting good, but not really having much oomph as a meal. The flavor was very good of course. I added cashews to mine for an extra treat. The only negative comment I got was some people not feeling like they were eating "pizza" without some kind of tomato sauce. *snerks*

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this was really really good!  my friends loved it!  the crust was fabulous.  i think next time i'll use curry in the sauce.  the garam marsala kind of made the spinach sauce too sweetish?  but it was still nice.  i'll also try using coconut milk instead of soy.  mmmm, i'm so excited to make again!

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For the first time ever, i followed a recipe exactly. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING THINGS I HAVE EVER COOKED! Im putting it in the "dinners to impress others" section. :P Infinite thanks for putting this recipe up! <3

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This is an interesting recipe, I made it tonight.  For the nan crust I used 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat flour, garlic and fresh coriander.  It came out really good; it would be interesting as stand alone recipe for nan if it were rolled out thinner.  I would add a lot more spice to the spinach mix though, coriander, garam masala, curry, cayenne, maybe even cardamon. 

For toppings I went with cauliflower, tomatoes and carmelized onions.  It produced enough pizza to eat 3 or 4 people; leftovers for me for 2 or 3 more meals.  I would make this again.  Paneer cubes on top, or maybe just tofu, could make this even better.  Good recipe.

I like the idea of some soret of mango/tamarind chutney to top this with as well.

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I can't believe that no one has reviewed this recipe before!  It was a party in my mouth!!!  I really loved the Naan/pizza crust and spinach sauce.  Next time though I will do garlic in the bread as well as carmelize it with the onions..  I really can't think of anything to improve this besides maybe if you have a spicy sweet tooth like me..  Incorporating some type of mango/tamarind notes in the pizza..  Still thinking about that one though.  Yum.  ;D

Believe me when I say that I've been wanting to make this for a while now.  Maybe I will this weekend.

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I can't believe that no one has reviewed this recipe before!  It was a party in my mouth!!!  I really loved the Naan/pizza crust and spinach sauce.  Next time though I will do garlic in the bread as well as carmelize it with the onions..  I really can't think of anything to improve this besides maybe if you have a spicy sweet tooth like me..  Incorporating some type of mango/tamarind notes in the pizza..  Still thinking about that one though.  Yum.  ;D

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