Pizzas are our go-to dish when we want to celebrate, call over friends for a chilled session at home or simply want to watch a movie lying in bed. The Italian delicacy has become a junk food options thanks to the excess calories it has and the base which is primarily of maida of refined flour. This is one of the key factors that make pizza unhealthy but instead of giving up your favorite treat, you can make it healthy by trying this recipe which replaces the maida base with cauliflower. The recipe is shared by Chef Swasti Aggarwal, Food Strategist at Foodhall Store in Mumbai. It is easy to make and tastes just as good as regular pizza. (ALSO SEE Healthy breakfast recipes by Chef Ranveer Brar)
1 small head cauliflower, broken into smaller florets
Salt and pepper
4 tbsp pizza sauce
2 fresh mozzarella balls, sliced
Handful of basil leaves
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
Process the cauliflower florets in a food processor until fine. Steam the cauliflower in a steamer or microwave with the lid on for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool down a bit.
Bundle up the steamed cauliflower in a muslin cloth and squeeze out extra water. Additionally, pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Preheat the oven to 200˚C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Add salt and pepper to the cauliflower and beat in one egg to help it bind. Take a small portion of this mix and transfer onto the parchment paper. Evenly spread it out to make a small circle. Repeat the same to make 2 to 3 mini pizzas.
Bake for about 15 minutes until the crust is nicely browned.
Take it out of the oven and spread some pizza sauce. Add the remaining toppings – torn mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and torn basil.
Bake for another 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted and has gotten golden-brown on top.
Remove onto a serving plate. Garnish with some fresh basil and drizzle extra virgin olive oil.
If you loved this, you can learn more such healthy recipes like Beetroot and Quinoa Pizza, Black Rice Pudding and Almond and Coconut Bliss Balls at a master class at Foodhall Mumbai on July 15, 2017. The class will be conducted by Sonal Ved, a renowned food author, at 3 pm at the Foodhall Store in Palladium Mall, Mumbai. Call 022 3026 4581 for registration.
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