Saturday, February 5, 2011

Eggplant pizza

It's all in the dough- that's what I realised yesterday when making my pizza. The art of making a pizza completely depends on how well you get the dough. I worked hard on my base yesterday and made a good one! Toppings are just a matter of choice and I chose eggplant. If you search the web for pizza, you will have millions of search results and zillions of websites all trying to teach you the art of perfect pizza making. My blog post is another drop in that ocean- If you are new to pizza making and have never tried it from the scratch then you are in the right place.....

For the base-

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp Italian herbs (optional)
Olive oil
1 tsp dry yeast
warm water
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt

For the toppings-

1 eggplant chopped
3 cloves of garlic- crushed and chopped
1 medium sized onion chopped
crushed pepper (optional)
green chillies (2) chopped
standard pizza sauce (you can get it from the store or make it yourself)
Mozzarella cheese shredded (3/4 cup)

Dough preparation- 

Allow your yeast to awaken by mixing it in a small cup of warm water and sugar. Wait for five minutes and allow the yeast to froth up. In a mixing bowl add flour, salt, Italian herbs and mix well. Make a well in middle and pour the yeast mixture. Slowly start mixing yeast water with the flour. Add a bit of warm water and knead your dough till it is soft and elastic. Add around 1 tbsp olive oil towards the end and give the dough one final kneading. Store the dough in a fresh bowl and cover it with damp cloth. Allow it to raise for an hour.

Toppings- Saute garlic and green chillies in olive oil for a couple of seconds before adding onions. As the onions begin to turn brown in color, add eggplant. Toss in the pepper and adjust salt according to taste. Cook till the eggplant becomes soft and tender.

Final preparation-

After an hour or so, when the dough has doubled in size simply punch out the air from it and gently knead it on a floured surface. Flatten the dough to a square shape and fold the edges. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the base before adding the pizza sauce. Spread the pizza sauce, eggplant topping and mozzarella cheese on the base. Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes @ 220 degree celsius.


  1. Your pizza looks so good. I've never had eggplant on pizza, but there's always a first time! Yum!

  2. hmmmmmmmmmmmm! mouth watering pizzas, can I grab and have a quick bite?

  3. Wow Pizza looks good.. I even made Pizza for Friday Night..

  4. Homemade pizzas cant be beaten by anything...Drool worth pizza,perfectly made

  5. Drooling over those pizza bites,looks very very tempting.

  6. I totally agree with you, the dough is the most important part of the pizza. Yours looks delicious, and I love the simple yet flavoursome topping

  7. Friday night is pizza night at my house too and homemade is always my favorite :) I've never topped mine with eggplant though...definitely sounds delicious and is something to try next time! Thanks for the idea!

  8. wow I love different and delicious!

  9. I love making pizza from scratch, but never make it often enough. Eggplant is a great idea, and one of my favorite vegetables :)

  10. Very tempting and inviting, quite a different pizza..

  11. Beautiful looking pizza..delicious n very inviting :)

    US Masala

  12. Wow, that looks fantastic. Wish I would have seen it before SB Sunday!

  13. thanks for stopping by my blog earlier... i absolutely love eggplants on pizzas! yours looks delicious.

  14. I buy eggplant, then never know what to make with it besides eggplant parmesan. What a terrific idea for a pizza!




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