Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Homemade Vegan Pizza!

Vegan Shitake Mushroom and Tofu Pizza

I have looked high and low for a decent vegan pizza in Mumbai and while most of them are okay, the options are limited. Ray's Pizzeria in Bandra West has a few vegan options and Domino's (in fact most pizza places) will make you a cheese-less pizza- so you could definitely try that option. Escobar made me a cheese-less thin crust pizza the other night but they decided to scrimp on the tomato sauce and that kind of killed the joy. So I decided to make my own no-bake vegan pizza. The method is so simple you'll want pizza every night of the week. 

For the base: Buy thin crust brown pizza base (Regal Plus in Pali Naka stocks some). 

For the tomato sauce: Fry some finely chopped onion and garlic in olive oil. Add freshly puréed tomatoes to this. Add a couple of cups of water. Add red chilli flakes, red chilli powder, black pepper, salt, any herbs you might have at home (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley), and let the sauce cook till it is quite dry. 

  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Sweet corn kernels 
  • Button mushrooms
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Firm Silken Tofu. (see below)

Pizza 1: Sweet Corn, Mushrooms, Black Olives & Tofu 

Toast the pizza base on a tawa or griddle till it looks a nice crunchy brown. Spread the tomato sauce nice and thick. Mix the chopped button mushrooms with the sweet corn and sauté with some salt and pepper and maybe some dried herbs. Layer this onto the pizza generously. Crumble some tofu on this. Dribble some extra virgin olive oil on the pizza and dig in!

Vegan Sweet Corn, Black Olive and Mushroom Pizza

Pizza 2: Shitake Mushroom, Black Olives, Tofu and Fresh Basil

Toast the pizza base on a tawa or griddle like before. Spread the tomato sauce on the base. Add sautéed shitake mushrooms, some olives, crumble some tofu and tear some basil leaves. And you're done! 

Vegan Shitake Mushroom and Tofu Pizza

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