August 22, 2011

Ramadan # 6 Pizza, let me count the ways how I love thee!

O Lord, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin that I reproached or condemned one of Your creation for committing but then myself plunged into and brazenly committed before You.

I cannot believe we are into the final 10 days of Ramadan! Where did the month go?  Is it just me, or is time slipping by WAY TOO FAST!?  It seems like last week summer started, and then Ramadan came and now both are leaving us very shortly. *sigh*

To mark the last 10 days of Ramadan, Muslims are spending their days and nights in prayer, reflection, and remembrance of God. Since, many of us are staying out of the kitchen to focus on these activities, I wanted to share with you a simple recipe that won't take up too much of your time. Put aside the stews and curries, and bring on the pizza!

To put it simply, I love pizza! And I love making it at home! Depending on my mood, I get to experiment with different combinations of meats, spices, cheeses and vegetables that tantalize my taste buds. mouth is watering just thinking about that doughy goodness!

This recipe calls for freshly mixed pizza dough that should (if you want to read about my inability to find pizza dough in Pasadena, click here!) be available in your grocery store's bakery.  None of that pre-baked, cardboard-like pizza crust, okay?!

The base of my pizza is a meat sauce.  I either cook lean ground beef on the stove or use my dum keema recipe, and add a canned tomato sauce. I usually use Hunt's roasted red pepper or garlic tomato sauce.  I add some more spices- salt, chili flakes and sometimes some ground coriander.

The rest of the toppings consist of a variety of vegetables, sun dried tomatoes, jarred olives and hot peppers, and cheese!

Whole Wheat Pizza

1 pre-mixed whole wheat pizza dough, or you can make your own if you wish
1 large Hot House tomato, washed and sliced into circles
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
10 cremini mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 green pepper, washed and sliced into strips
1 red pepper, washed and cut into strips
handful of sliced and pitted green olives
handful of hot peppers
a few pieces of sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
prepared meat sauce
1 tsp of corn meal
1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Follow the pre-mixed pizza dough thawing instructions as some require the dough to come up to room temperature in the bag before using.

Spread oil over a round pizza tray and sprinkle it with corn meal. Stretch the pizza dough over the tray, making sure that it is stretched evenly and the crust is even all the way around.  Layer on the meat sauce and then add the vegetables.  Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the pizza and place the tray into the centre of the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza is cooked.  I also like to check the centre of the pizza as sometimes it can become soggy. If you find that this is happening, leave it in for another 5-10 minutes.


  1. oh thats a great idea about meat sauce base.. we will have to try!! I want pizza now!

    My husband always makes pizza dough at home and it's just awesome!! if you will like the recipe, let me know :-)


  2. Gia, heh I'm kind of intimidated by yeast, but do pass the recipe along. I'm sure one day I will attempt to make it. :p

  3. This pizza looks delicious.....i usually make the dough @ home but really wanna to try the store brand and save time let me know which one is good...Thanks for sharing....

  4. I made this pizza when I was back in Canada. I used the pre-made pizza dough from Loblaws. I haven't had any luck finding pre-made pizza dough in the stores here in CA Someone did recommend going to your local pizza joint and asking them if they would sell you some dough. You can look into that..

  5. hi hinna...
    OMG i've been wanting to have pizza for over a week now, somehow or the other i always end up making somthing else for Iftari.. now looking at this post, its going to be PIZZA for dinner, most definitely...
    I make my own dough, since in Pakistan we dont get dough mixes, just readymade pizza bases, which are soooo gross.. I like making Pizza from scratch. Ur Pizza looks awesome...

  6. Hey Sadaf,

    Have you thought of asking Pizza Hut or other pizza joints for some dough? They may sell some to you.

  7. ^Hinna when we were in Karachi, we tried quite a few bakeries/pizza places to get the dough but no luck.. I felt like they hid it as soon as we walked in there :D (same thing for puff pastry sheets too)

    and I believe G uses this dough recipe..

    don't know if he has changed anything recently!