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Thursday, April 10, 2008

The road to heaven, paved with good intentions, yeah
But if I got a night
At least I can say I did what I wanted to do
Tell me, how bout you?
If you want it, You already got it
If you've thought it, It better be what you want
If you feel it, It must be real just...
Say the word, and I will give you what you want

I am big fan of almost all songs produced by Timbaland and it seems like he is everywhere! I’m in hip hop heaven :o) that and the gorgeous weather are keeping me happy in DC this week. Work has been busy as usual and I can’t wait for next week when I’m done with the 2 weeks and sneak in a mini vacation with Bhatji. Well technically it won’t be a vacation since we are going to one his best friend’s wedding where both of us are going to be busy working away……but ya know anything is a vacation if you are breaking the monotony.
When Bhatji and I visited India en route to our honey moon, we had a 2 day visit planned in Delhi. My father in law’s friend was showing us around and for lunch one day he suggested pizza hut. At first both Bhatji and I were thinking why would we try pizza hut, I mean we get Pizza hut at home. I wanted some serious Moghali khana, Delhi chaat, falooda’s, Kulfi’s and any authentic cuisine that Delhi had to offer. So needless to say I was lil disappointed that we were going to Pizza hut. But both Bhatji and I didn’t want to be rude so we agreed to go for a late lunch…and boy were we happy that we went! The Pizza hut menu in India is unlike the one in the US. In fact if I dare say it….its better! It’s spicier and has more options then the American menu. I got the Paneer Tikka pizza and Bhatji ordered the Chicken Tikka Pizza and we wanted more!! Why hasn’t US Pizza Hut added these to their menu so that the desi’s and non desi’s into Indian food can indulge! The next time we go to India, we are definitely getting some more Pizza hut….YUMM. Ok enough drooling. Since we don’t get that kind of pizza here…I decided to attempt a recipe for Paneer Tikka Pizza. I used several recipes to make it my own but it turned out amazing! In fact Bhatji keeps asking me when I’m going to make it again….you know when you’re hubby is asking for more, the recipe is a success. So here is the recipe for Spicy Paneer Tikka Pizza:

1 large store bought pizza crust (I bought mine with cheese on it)
1 ½ cup paneer cubed
1 green bell pepper cut into long pieces
1 red bell pepper cut into long pieces
1 red onion cut into long pieces
½ cup of yogurt
2 tsp of red chilli powder
3 tsp of garlic paste
1 tsp of ginger paste
1 tsp of green chilli paste
1 tsp of garam masala
2 tsp of tandoori masala
1 tsp chaat masala
2-3 tbl spn oil
Shredded mozzarella to top the pizza as per your taste
Salt to taste

To Make:
Combine the yogurt with the garlic, ginger and green chilli paste. Add the tandoori masala, and the paneer and then add salt to taste and set the mixture aside for 30 mins. Pre heat the over to 300 degrees and cook the paneer on a baking sheet for 30 mins. In the mean time prep the vegetables. Heat the oil, add the onions and cook until translucent; add the bell peppers stir for a few mins. Add the chilli powder, garam masala and chaat masala. cook until the veggies are well integrated with the spices and cooked then set aside. Add the paneer and the veggie toppings on to the pizza crust. Add more cheese as needed. Pre heat the oven for 350 degrees and cook the pizza for 20 mins or so until the cheese melts and you are done! Serve hot.

It was spicy and soooo delish! I mean I added more red chilli flakes on it hehe but man it was tasty!! Come to think about it maybe it isn’t just Bhatji that wants me to make it again hehe. The best thing about this recipe is that you can play with it…like add more veggies, add other spices…experiment away!! Give this recipe a try and let me know of other versions floating out there. Alright you beautiful people….until the next entry....enjoy the weather. Oh anyone know what Madonna means by “you only got 4 mins to save the world” ;o)


Dhivya said...

innovative idea anu!!i love paneer in any form:))Pizza looks so yummm...must try

sunita said...

yummy!That looks delish :-)Enjoy your vacation :-)

Pooja said...

I agree with you Anuzi. Pizza of pizza hut is totally bland as compared what they serve in India. I loved it in India and you made my mouth water with those yummy paneer tikka pizza :P . I think i shall try some noe, i miss them so badly :((

Cham said...

Desi spicy pizza , yum !

AnuZi said...

Thanks dear! I love paneer as well:o)

it was very delish. Vacation's not till next week but I can't wait!

Do try the recipe out. If you can't order desi pizza hut here you might as well make it :o)

Spicy is right! thanks for the kind words.

Happy cook said...

Wow tge pizza looks so juicy and super delicious.
If i could get my hands on it i will eat few slices.
When we were in B'lore years back we went to pizzahut there and it was really delicious and as u said spicy too, which i loved.

Bhatji said...

We need to open our own pizza hut and add this to the menu. Make it happen, Anuzi.

AnuZi said...

Happy Cook,
I know man! It would have been great if we could order Indian pizza from B'lore:o)

Alright draw up the business plans and we will be proud owners of our own pizza hut hehe.

Sonal said...

Pizza looks gorgeous. Have downloaded the recipe to try this weekend :-) Have fun!

bee said...

it's like burger king in the uk. they have the most amazing black bean burger that you don't get anywhere else. the food in these chains in the u.s. is the worst.

ServesYouRight said...

Timbaland and Paneer Tikka Pizza - nice flavors :-) Perfect TGIF combo!


Dee said...

OOhh!! Im drooling , glad that the saliva didnt fall onto the carpet.. looks delish!!

AnuZi said...


Oh do try it out and tell me how it turned out!

Really! Burger king huh well it shall be a must try on my next trip to London :o) and you are right...I'm definitely feeling how crappy our fast food joints our.

I know!! All I'm missing are my dancing shoes and it will be a party! Thank you for dropping such lovely thoughts.

AnuZi said...


I'm glad that I got you drooling :o) Thanks for stopping by!

Meera said...

Paneer tikka pizza & chicken tikka pizza!! Yummo! I always meant to try that in India. but never happens. Hopefully next time!! But did taste McAloo at McDonalds!:-)

Sagari said...

deleciousssss pizza

Anonymous said...

why is there a big scary sharp wheel stuck in the pizza on the last pic? :-) hehe, good jobbbbb nunu. Why dont you ever make this stuff for us when you visit????? hmmmm?

archana said...

ANUUUUUUU! what?! you totally made me want to go check out Pizza Hut now. i shall and report back :)

Cynthia said...

This is exciting and such a great idea to use the paneer on pizza!

AnuZi said...

Meera, Ya know I never tried Indian Mickey d's but heard great things. That will be my next try but do try the pizza hut and we'll swap notes ;o)

Sagari, I know it was yummy

Swati, A big wheel? Well its the pizza cutter. I'm not uncouth like some peepz. And have you met mom...its not easy to take over her kitchen!

Arches, I'm surprised that you haven't tried it yet. Take advantage of India girl and definitely indulge. I hear that these days the pizza hut guys dance!!! lol if that is infact true plz take a mini video and share hehe.

Cynthia, Well hooray for Indian Pizza hut to have been so creative and giving us...paneer lovers some serious paneer cravings :o)

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