Traditionally, Indians are not very adventurous when it comes to food. This is changing, though. So much so that I make my own Pizzas at home now. We love Pizza and prefer ours made at home. Today I’m sharing my Fresh Fig Paneer Pizza.
My parent’s generation ate out once in a while but didn’t understand choosing restaurant food over fresh and healthy home cooked fare. This is changing though. Pizza is as well known as Dosa or Paratha to most urban and semi-urban Indians. Indians are used to excellent use of a variety of spice and tend to find most foreign cuisines a bit bland. Yet change in food habits is inevitable, especially in today’s market driven world economies. Change can be a good thing. Two world cuisines that Indians have adopted and adapted till unrecognisable in the countries of their birth are Chinese and Italian food! Our Chinese dishes, pastas and pizzas have taken on very Indian flavours and are as Indian as rice and chappathis. I’m sure there is no other part of the world where you can eat a “tandoori” pizza!
Even after I learned to make decent bread, a good home-made pizza eluded me for a long time. But a lot of practice later, I can now manage a decent pizza and make them on and off though I haven’t really blogged them. IN fact, this Hawaiian Pizza is the only other pizza I have on this blog, and I need to change that soon. I haven’t mastered tossing my Pizza and mine are always pressed out by hand. I’d like to say they’re pretty good all the same. The family favourite is a Pizza with a tomato based Marinara Sauce topped with vegetables and cheese.
Figs were in season a few months back. I used those on a “no tomato sauce” Pizza with caramelised onions and paneer. You could use Feta cheese as the salt of that balances the sweetness of figs very well. Feta isn’t always available and I’ve found paneer works extremely well as a substitute. Store bought paneer is normally unsalted, except for the kind that we get in Goa which is salted. If you make your own paneer at home, then you can salt it to your taste and even add a dash of spice like cumin to it. We also prefer thin crust pizzas so that’s how I usually make mine. Do not over bake this pizza or the paneer will become tough and chewy.