Category Archives: Health Is Wealth

Cauliflower Crust Pan Pizza!

It may be necessary for some, but I really don’t believe in following measurements. I just add according to what feels right in terms of texture and consistency. Also constant tasting after ever step helps you know how you are progressing with the recipe. You can always go a little here and there with the ingredients to suit your taste buds. That shouldn’t be a problem. A little common sense is required especially when using spices and salt! If you are trying something new, try with a lesser quantity so that even if you fail, you’ll always have another chance at doing something better than your first attempt. So don’t stress. Cooking is fun!

I love colorful food and try to use a lot of vegetables. It not only looks beautiful, but it is highly nutritious too.

So here’s what I experimented the other day at home. It’s a Pizza that tastes amazing; looks gorgeous and your tummy will thank you for the healthy treat!

Do try it out and comment below on what’s your take on it. If you’ve tried your very own twist, post your versions here and I’d love to try those out too! So here goes the recipe for today…

Cauliflower Crust Tava Pizza!

9

Ingredients (Pizza Base)

  • Boiled Cauliflower – A quarter approx.
  • Boiled & Peeled Potatoes – A Medium Sized approx.
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese – A small slice is what I used. You can add more.
  • Amul Garlic & Herbs Butter – A small slice again.
  • All purpose Flour – 1 Tbsp approx. You can avoid this or replace with other flour.
  • Egg – 1 whole egg. You can avoid this too if you are a pure vegetarian.
  • Salt – As per your taste.

Ingredients (Pizza Sauce)

  • Onion – 1 small onion to medium, roughly sliced.
  • Garlic Cloves – 3 or 4 is fine.
  • Dried Chilli or Chilli Flakes – Just 1/4th 
  • Tomato Ketchup – 3 Tbsp or you can add Tomato Puree
  • Butter – Very little.
  • Salt – As per your taste.

Ingredients (Toppings)

  • Tomatoes – 1 should be enough.
  • Baby corn – 2 to 4.
  • Bell Peppers – Quarter of yellow, red and/or green.
  • Jalapeños – I used 5 sliced homemade pickled Jalapeños.
  • Pepper Corns – Around 5 crushed/powdered.
  • Oil/Butter &  Oregano – Very little to Sauté & for taste. Or you can use Amul Garlic Herbs Butter.
  • Salt – As per your taste.

2

Method: (Start With The Base)

  • Take a deep bowl and add all the ingredients – Cauliflower, Potato, All Purpose Flour, Whole Egg, Amul Garlic & Herbs Butter, Grated Cheese and Salt. If you do not have the herbs butter, you can add oregano and sautéed garlic to the mixture.
  • Mash all the ingredients so that all of them get blended really well. You need not necessarily make this into a smooth paste. The consistency should be that of a paste. If you feel the mixture is dry, then add a little milk cream or water. If the mixture is watery, then add a little more flour to thicken the mixture.
  • Take a non-stick tava (pan) and grease it with the Amul garlic & herbs butter.
  • Pour the mixture and spread it evenly on the tava.
  • The texture should look somewhat like this :

1

  • If you want the base to be on the crispier side, apply a thin layer on the pan. I poured the entire mixture to create a thick base that’s soft and creamy.
  • Place the pan on the gas on a medium flame and let it cook well. It will easily come off from the pan and when it’s a light brown shade, flip over. You can take a plate and slide it on the plate from the tava and then flip the plate over on the pan to avoid breaking the base.
  • It will look like this, once it is cooked well on both sides. Switch off the flame and keep aside in the same pan. We need this later after the toppings come in. You can also eat it like that because it tastes good too!

3

Method: (The Pizza Sauce)

  • In another non-stick pan, add butter and once it is hot, sliced onions, Sauté till light brown.
  • Add whole garlic cloves, dried chilli or chilli flakes and switch off the gas once you get a mild fragrance from the garlic.

4

  • Let it cool and then transfer it in a grinder.
  • Add salt and tomato ketchup. You can use fresh tomato puree as well. I used a Tomato ketchup that already had onion and garlic. So it tasted better.

5

  • Blend all the ingredients in the mixer and spread the sauce over the pizza base evenly.
  • Here’s what it looked like on my pizza base:

7

Method: (Toppings)

  • In the same pan, add a little butter if required.
  • Add to this, the cut vegetables – Tomatoes & Baby Corn. Add Bell Peppers. You can add Chicken, Paneer (Cottage Cheese) & Mushrooms too if you want more taste.
  • Add pickled Jalapeños and sauté for sometime till everything is cooked through.

6

  • Add salt & herbs to taste.
  • Get the pizza base that has been spread with pizza sauce.
  • Equally distribute the sautéed vegetables on top of the base covering it completely.

8

  • Sprinkle Pepper powder.
  • Switch on the gas and again heat it on medium flame to warm it.
  • Last but not the least, grate some cheese over the pizza.
  • Take it off the gas, slice it in equal portions and serve.

11

Save Little Tejal!

Tejal, one of the most brilliant kids under our care at Teresa – The Ocean of Humanity Foundation is hospitalized in an extremely serious condition since 2 weeks. She is in a semi-paralytic state and has not been able to eat or open her mouth ever since. She was being treated at a hospital in Kandivali, but after her situation worsened, we have shifted her to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute in Andheri. They have taken multiple tests along with MRI scans and sent her spinal fluid for tests. Nothing concrete was detected from the reports but her symptoms and tests lean towards Tetanus. The spasms haven’t stopped and to help her breathe, the doctors have carried out a tracheotomy surgery on her, where they made an incision in the trachea (windpipe) for a tube to be inserted. They couldn’t place the tube in her mouth as it would only give rise to further infections. Compared to her first week, there has been a little improvement in her condition, but she still is very critical.

Untitled-1

Always chirpy, ever smiling and constantly pinching, our 7 year old angel, Tejal is now lying on a hospital bed constantly on a ventilator, in silence, struggling to live. She recently stood 2nd in her class and she is so strong academically that we always knew she would do really well in future. It’s disheartening to see such an active child like her go through so many surgeries and pain at a very tender age.

She is not responding to medicines and therefore the treatment will take more time. The doctors have said that she will need 4-6 weeks in the ICU and it could even stretch further to months. Per day expenses at the hospital are between Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 30,000. This has come unexpectedly and the NGO is not prepared financially to take on such a big case.

Untitled-1a

Prince Kumar Tiwari (Founder of TOHF) who is helping with the expenses at the hospital is trying to save her with whatever he can do. If any of you could help her in any way, please get in touch with Prince on: +91 9022557873. SMS/Whatsapp him if the call doesn’t get through.

You can also directly contribute your bit in the name of ‘Teresa The Ocean Of Humanity Foundation’. Here are the bank details for NEFT/Wire Transfer:  Yes Bank, Thakur Village, Kandivali East Branch, A/C No. 021288700000037, IFSC Code: YESB0000212.

Kindly keep her in your prayers. Thank you all for your kind help, encouraging words and donations. She has this amazing chance at recovery only because of you all. She is a fighter and we know she will wake up soon from her suffering.

Please share this message as much as you can.