I don't remember the first time ,I tasted a pizza.But the memories associated with the word are mostly of my Pune days. Those times, when I was a total careless free bird, staying far away from home, having blast with pals, enjoying my proudly earned money at such a young age..It was a total different experience n yes except some real tough times n pressure at work place,I would say I enjoyed it greatly.I never seemed to get along with the food there ,n we never used to cook in the beginning too.So we all were highly dependent on all sorts of junks…n there was this Mc D's near by our place..n most of the weekends we would go there.It was a kinda mall,with a Multiplex,brand shops,n various famous eatery nooks scattered around.A true fun place n youngster's vista.I used to have mainly burger's from there.Never seemed to like Pizza much.Once I had ordered an expensive pizza from Domino's n got depressed as it tasted weird. So that experience made me keep a safe distance from it.But later on, I liked the Mc' D one's n also some other shop brand's like Pizza Hut too. But still It was neva my favorite..!!
And as if to complete the story, my better half seemed to have a strong dislike for it as well.He says he is pissed off of Pizza, having it all the time during his bachelor days..;p.So we never really ventured out to have this thing during any of our eat-out's..but then one day I suddenly got a craving ,n I knew I would never be able to make him eat one from outside, or he would buy me this big one n ask me to finish it..So I started browsing like crazy for a fool - proof recipe. No chance for a trial.It has GOT to be perfect..!! I didn't want to waste all those flour ,n veggies n cheese n chicken..!!
I have used White Bread flour for this.Thats the perfect one.I dunno if AP flour will work as well.You can make it a healthy Whole wheat Pizza with wheat flour.But then it would be hardly airy,n would have a draker shade.Crust would mostly ressemble a Naan.Well,that pays for the health factor I guess..:D..My crust was so soft n gorgeous n light with so many generous air pockets all around .As I made a single pizza with the whole dough ,the crust is slightly thick.But nevertheless it was super soft n fluffy.You can make two thin small ones out of it as well.
Dissolve 1 Tbsp Active dry yeast in 1 cup warm water and keep it aside to rise,some 10-15 mins.
After that about 2 Tbsp of olive oil, 1.5 tsp of salt n about 1 tsp of sugar to it and stir lightly.
Take 3 cups of flour ,make a well in the centre n pour the wet ingredients n gently stir to combine.
Now knead it to a soft pilable dough.It takes some 15 mins or so.
Take a large bowl,oil it and flip the dough ball in it to cover and keep aside for an hour in a slighlty preheated oven or any warm place like that to double.
After an hour,take it out ,place on a clean working surface.You can either divide it into two or work on it for one large pizza.Punch down and flatten into a thick disc shape.Pinch the edges if you want a lip there.(With 3 cups of flour you can make 2 small thin crust Pizza's or 1 large slightly thick one like mine.)
Clean n chop about 1/2 lbs of chicken lengthwise into thin pieces.
Marinate it with 1-2 tsp Chilli powder,1/2 -1 tsp Pepper powder,1/4 tsp Cumin powder,1/2 tsp Garam masala,2 tsp Tomato sauce,1 Tbsp yogurt,2 Tbsp lime juice,Kasuri Methi n salt.
Refrigerate it for overnight or atleast an hour or two.
Shallow fry it in lil oil,till all sides are lightly blackened or you can deep fry /bake it as well..I found fried ones taste better than the baked.
A look before baking: