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Lockdown or no lockdown, you can’t deny that pizza cravings are too real to handle. In fact, if you close your eyes and imagine those cheesy bites melting into your mouth, you will end up craving for one right about now.
Before you blame me for sprinkling salt on your social-distancing wounds or simply messing with your clean-eating plans, let me tell you that I have somehow managed to find a healthy backup to fulfil these pizza cravings without adding to the waistline. The exceptional taste of my discovery makes me want to share it with you all for some good karma points.
P.S” This involves no visits to the market to buy a pizza base and requires absolutely no fancy ingredients.
You need these ingredients:
Flour dough (the one used for chappatis)
Dry wholewheat flour
1/2 capsicum (chopped)
1/2 onion (chopped)
1/2 tomato (chopped)
1 tomato (for puree)
3 to 4 garlic cloves (for puree)
1 green chilli (for puree)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
15 to 20 grams of cottage cheese (diced)
1 cube of mozzarella cheese (grated)
Any other vegetable/toppings of your choice
Oregano and chilli flakes to taste
Ketchup to taste
Salt to taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
Let’s get to work now, shall we?
1. Start by making your tomato puree first. All you need to do is to chop tomato, green chilli, and garlic cloves. Grind them together in a mixer grinder. Place this in a dish and put it on the heat. Add salt and red chilli powder as per your taste, and then bring the mixture to 5-6 boils till the puree is cooked properly.
(Now, this quantity of ingredients will dry up post boiling and reduce to around 2-3 teaspoons in the end which is sufficient for 1 pizza. However, if you want to make more, you can increase the quantity accordingly.)
2. Once the puree is ready, it’s time to work on the base. Start by preheating your air fryer for 5 minutes at 200 degrees. In the meanwhile, flatten a small ball of the regular wheat dough with a roller pin (AKA, belan) just as you’d do to make a regular chapatti. Make sure that you keep this base slightly thicker than a chapatti. You can take your cue from the pizza base available in the market and mimic its thickness. Brush it with some olive oil on both sides and put it in the air fryer for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. When you take this base out, make sure it’s not fully cooked or too hard or burnt.
4. Apply a thick coat of ketchup on this wheat base followed by a thick coat of the tomato puree. Sprinkle all the veggies (capsicum, tomato, onion) and cottage cheese. Feel free to use any toppings of your choice here. Top it up with some grated mozzarella cheese and put it inside the air fryer.
5. Let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Keep checking the status of your pizza every minute to avoid burning.
Tada! Your pizza is ready to be served with some oregano and chilli flakes.
Relax, it’s weight-loss friendly
A chapatti has around 80 to 85 calories. You can add another 150 to 180 calories from the toppings and the cheese. The pizza won’t exceed 250 calories if you stick to this measure. Not to mention, the nutritional value that it adds to your diet is amazing. Fibre and healthy carbs from the veggies and wheat, protein and healthy fat from mozzarella and cottage cheese, and vitamins from the veggies—what more do you want from a meal?
Most importantly, you get a tangy, garlicky taste that can satisfy your taste buds like no other. Try it to believe it, I say.