Saturday, June 20, 2015

Whole Wheat Jain Pizza

This is a special Jain recipe as there is no yeast, no rennet, or any cultures. I made this pizza completely from scratch --- pizza base to the sauce to the cheese.

I learned the cheese recipe from a Jain fast food recipe. I suggest making the cheese one day in advance. I used whole wheat flour instead of white flour and there is no yeast in the pizza dough. The tomato sauce is also homemade. Enjoy the homemade pizza!

Prep Time: 20 minutes (Cheese: 20 minutes; 1 day in advance)
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serving: 4


For Pizza Dough: (it will make two 10" pizzas)
  • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water approximately 
For Tomato Sauce: (it will make 1 1/2 cup sauce)
  • 6 plum tomatoes boiled, peeled and crushed (boiled for two minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 3 to 4 fresh basil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
For Cheese: (it will make 12oz. cheese)
  • 1 1/4 cup paneer
  • 1 1/3 teaspoon white flour
  • salt to taste
  • Pinch haldi/turmeric powder
  • Six teaspoon ghee (purified butter)
  • Cheesecloth or muslin
For Toppings:
  • 1/2 cup sliced green capsicum (long strips)
  • 1/2 cup sliced red capsicum (long strips)
  • 2 sliced jalapenos
  1. To make the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan, add crushed tomatoes and add all other ingredients.
  2. Stir well and bring to a simmer on a low flame. Stirring often for at least 15 minutes and cool down
  3. To make the cheese, you first need to make paneer. First, boil milk (whole milk 1/2 gallon).
  4. When the milk comes to rise, add two tablespoon lemon juice
  5. Turn off the stove, the milk should begin to curdle, immediately in a muslin or cheesecloth drain the curdled milk. Squeeze all the liquid out, and let it cool
  6. In a mixer add the paneer, white flour, salt, turmeric powder, and ghee, mix it well
  7. Form the cheese into a square shape and put in a refrigerator for five to six hours to set until the cheese is ready
  8. To make pizza dough - mix all of the dry ingredients, add water and oil
  9. Mix until it forms a ball, the dough should be soft, but not sticky
  10. Knead on a flour surface for 2 to 3 minutes, divide in two balls, spray pizza pan with oil and spread the dough in to a 10" diameter
  11. To make the pizza, preheat oven to 400 degrees, bake the crust in the oven for five to six minutes
  12. Take out the crust from the oven, spread tomato sauce on the crust, top with homemade cheese and vegetables (you can add any veg of your choice) bake it for at least 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown
  13. Pizza is ready to serve



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