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Shortcut to Making Tasty Low-calorie Pizza Using Indian Flat Bread

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Brian loves food and enjoys exploring various cuisines. He is a keen experimenter in the kitchen and finds cooking therapeutic.

Yummy bites!

Yummy bites!

If you are a pizza lover then this recipe will just be right up your alley. As the title implies, this will be a simple and easy to follow recipe that you can make without even breaking a sweat. You do not need to be a good cook to make a decent pizza because this is a fail proof guide that will get you the crispy and crunchy pizza crust with the basic toppings that everyone loves!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

2-4 pax

However, just a little disclaimer before I proceed with the instructions; if you have pure Italian blood coursing through your veins, I would recommend steering away now because this method here is for no authentic pizza. Nevertheless, there are no pineapples involved in the making of this pizza.

This recipe here is a simplified version that caters to busy people with not much of a cooking skill but willing to do minimal work in the kitchen for a slice of goodness. There is no need to make your own base because I will reveal to you my store-bought alternative that works well to give you that thin crust pizza experience.

So here goes all or nothing!

Ingredients

Pizza base:

  • 2 pcs plain Indian flat bread
  • 4 tablespoons Bolognese sauce

Toppings:

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 green capsicum, sliced
  • 1 whole Shiitake mushroom, sliced
  • 3 hot dog frankfurters, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary herb

Garnishing:

  • 8 spinach leaves
  • 6 mint leaves

Prepping Instructions

  1. Begin by slicing the onions, capsicums, and mushrooms thinly. Once done, set them aside.
  2. Get the hot dogs and slice them into bite-sized pieces and set aside as well.
  3. Heat a pan and add in the oil. Once the oil is hot, put in the sliced mushrooms, hot dogs, and rosemary to sauté. Just lightly cook the ingredients for about 5 - 10 minutes and switch the heat off afterwards.
  4. Bring out one piece of the Indian flat bread straight from the freezer to prep. Set it on a baking tray and slather the Bolognese sauce on the entire piece until it is covered with sauce.
  5. Put on the sautéed mushrooms and hot dogs on the pizza base. Add the capsicum and fresh onion slices.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for another set of pizza.
  7. Pop the tray into the oven that is heated to 356 F for 20 minutes.
  8. Once the oven dings, remove the pizza and garnish with the spinach leaves and pop it in for another 5 minutes.
  9. Once timer goes off, remove the pizza from the oven, garnish with mint leaves and serve!
Fancy cheesy towers for the cheese lovers!

Fancy cheesy towers for the cheese lovers!

On the other hand, a single piece of whole wheat Indian flat bread only has 126 calories. This will give you ample space to play around with your toppings and sauces. Even so, we try to keep it simple with this recipe by having minimal processed meats and more fresh vegetables instead. Apart from being a great movie time munchie, this simple pizza recipe could as serve as a lunch or dinner treat for fussy little eaters as it is tasty and healthier than feeding them store-bought pizzas laden with too much flavorings and preservatives.

Before you go ahead and start making this pizza at home, be sure to get the right type of Indian flat bread. There are actually numerous types of Indian flat bread, but the one that I find makes the best pizza crust is the paratha. The paratha has a minimal amount of oil and several thin layers of dough which results in a flaky pastry when baked or pan –fried. You are now ready to go ahead and make yourself a scrumptious treat to enjoy. Who knows, you may even serve this to your guests when you are ready to have company over once the pandemic scare subsides.

This unconventional method of pizza-making yields crispy and crunchy bites that is delicious and addictive at the same time. It may seem peculiar to be using Indian flat bread as a pizza base, but the texture is just spot on if you like a thin flaky crust. Aside from saving time to make the crust, this shortcut approach offers lesser calories compared to store- bought pizza crust. A standard pizza dough is typically made from refined flour which offers little to no nutrition yet clocks in a high caloric count of approximately 280 calories on its own. Imagine what the calories would come to if you had all the toppings and sauces together?

Alternative preparation method

If you love cheese on your pizza, you may use low calorie cheese like mozzarella for your toppings. Alternatively, you may roll the mozzarella into a piece of Indian flat bread and assemble it around the edges of the pizza as cheese towers.

Bon appétit!

Bon appétit!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Brian

Comments

Brian (author) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on October 02, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

It's great to hear from you! Thank you for recognizing and appreciating the simplicity of this recipe. Well, it was an experiment in my part and I just pretty much threw together some ingredients and voila the 'lazy man' pizza is born. >_0

I guess I'm as adventurous as your father in the kitchen. ;) I'm always open to trying out different food combinations to see how they turn out and most of the time, am glad to say I'm pleased with the results. I'd be honored if your father is willing to try this recipe and maybe customize it according to his cooking style for the family to try.

As for the chilies on pizza suggestion, I may just give it a try. Am thinking of spicy tuna pizza next.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Misbah. You have a blessed weekend with your family and loved ones. Take care! :)

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 01, 2021:

Hi Brian,

This is a fantastic recipe. I'd never think about making pizza with paratha. But this looks delicious. If you don't mind, I'd like to take a slice from here. ;)

This seems to be an experiment similar to the ones my father enjoys doing. My father is a foodie. He enjoys cooking on occasions. He usually makes and bakes "the breaking news", but we adore it when he does.

Anything he prepares is labeled as "Papa's Special," for example, if he cooks pasta for us, it is named as "Papa's Special Pasta." He always use ingredients off the list. The funny thing is that whatever he makes is always approved by all of us as we always love to see a smile on his face.

I'd like to share your recipe with my father. I'm sure he'd like to give it a shot. We may also add some green chilies and crushed red chilies to it because we enjoy spicy food, even if it's a pizza. An Asian would be an Asian no matter what. Lol!! ;)

Thank you for sharing this :) Have a blissful weekend.

Blessings to you and your family!!

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