Thursday, June 21, 2007

Tawa Pizza

Before pizza became a mainstream food in Pune, there were only a handful of places that made pizza. The place that was most famous for it's pizza in the pre-chain restaurant era was Supreme Pizza opposite Sambhaji Park on J.M. Road. Supreme's pizza was pretty much a slightly thicker version of Masala Papad that could scrape the roof of your mouth raw. The sauce was slightly modified Kissan ketchup and the cheese was Amul. For those of you who might not know, Amul is to cheese what Tofurkey is to Thanksgiving. The pizza was baked by arranging it in a small tawa like utensil and then shoved into this contraption that was pretty much like a Weber Grill, but not quite. But for whatever reason the Supreme pizza was delicious and one couldn't find parking for blocks around the small shack. I think Supreme is still around, but since the arrival of Pizza Hut, Domino's and some other Indian Pizza chains, the small family owned Supreme has lost the 'Supremacy'. Now, they just cater to the Pav Bhaji and Milkshake crowd. And perhaps bake the odd pizza for someone who wants it just for old time's sake.


(Chappati Dough)
2 cups Wheat Flour (Chapati flour)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Oil
1/4 cup Milk
Warm Water

(Pizza Sauce)
1 can Crushed tomato
1 tsp Garlic
1 tsp Fresh Oregano
1 tsp Fresh Basil
2 tsp chopped Parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Pepper (optional)
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mozzarella / Cheddar Cheese, Chopped Onion, Mushrooms, Peppers, Italian Sausage, Grilled Chicken (or whatever you like)

Mix all the ingredients for the dough and knead adding warm water till you have dough with a nice consistency
Place aside and allow to rise for an hour
In a pot heat Olive Oil and add Garlic, Basil, Oregano and Parsley.
Saute and then add crushed tomato
Allow to simmer.
Roll the dough slightly thicker than a Paratha
On a Tawa, slightly cook the base
Shut off heat and turn the base so that the uncooked side is to the bottom
On the cooked side spread the sauce so that the whole base gets a little sauce
Make sure not to make the base soggy
Add cheese and toppings
On a very low flame heat the pizza in the Tawa with a lid on.
Serve when the cheese is melted and the toppings are cooked