Dinesh and Bawa

Dinesh and Bawa


Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Too lazy to make a pizza base from scratch? (i have a superb recipe for it, you will just have to wait until i perfect it and post it here), ok then make Breadzza!! It's really really simple to make and tastes absolutely awesome (of course!)

You will need:

For the Pizza Sauce

10 tomatoes finely chopped
A generous amount of olive oil
a big bunch of fresh basil leaves roughly cut and washed (stem removed)
1 clove of garlic finely chopped or mashed
1 tsp of garam masala (!)
2 small pieces of jaggery (approx 1 in big)
a dash of fresh cream
a dollop of butter
salt to taste
a dried red chilly
Optional 3 pieces of sundried tomatoes cut into strips

In a large pan heat the olive oil and when hot, add the dried red chilly. Add garlic and cook till it browns. Add the basil leaves (you may reserve a few to add later) and garam masala, cook for a bit... add the jaggery. Remove the red chilly. If you leave it in, the sauce becomes too spicy and i personally fon't like it that way. Add all the tomatoes. Cook everything until tomatoes are well done.

Now whirr the mixture with a hand blender until the tomatoes become a nice smooth paste. Continue to cook for a bit after adding the sundried tomatoes. You may even add a few more basil leaves at this point. You may also optionally add some spinach to this sauce and cook for a bit. Finally stir in the fresh cream, this gives a really rich colour to the sauce. Its good enough to just add some mushrooms and other veggies and eat as a soup with some hot toasted bread and butter :)

For the toppings i used:

Diced mushrooms
roughly cut spinach
some green peas
small pieces of sundried tomatoes
thin round slices of zucchini
small pieces of brocolli which i had just sauted in butter with a dash of salt
grated smoked cheese (optional)
small pieces of mozzarella cheese
You can also use some grated cheddar (amul) cheese along with the mozzarella
Basil pesto will be a fantastic addition too

Grease a baking tray.

Pre heat an oven to 220 deg.

Arrange pieces of multi grain bread on it and spread the sauce we made earlier on it generously. Add the toppings in whatever combination and quantities you wish. Go easy on the cheese. Add the pesto last. Feel free to add whatever toppings other than the ones i suggested above (pineapple, paprika, cabbage, diced tomatoes... use your imagination)

Bake at 220 deg for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese melts and turns golden brown.

Remove from oven, Put on a plate and very lightly drizzle with olive oil. Eat piping hot! This is really very simple to make with minimum fuss. The sauce stays well in a fridge for 2-3 days. Have it tonight or make it as a special treat for everyone over the weekend :)

Jai Gurudeva!

ps i don't like these photos so much, didn't have my camera yesterday, so had to make do with another one... will post better photos, when i make it again and have a better camera...  

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Anonymous said...

Dear Bawa,

Jai Gurudev!!

Actually I know only to eat..after seeing all these recipe's you are turning me to a cook as well...
Btw..How do you find time for all these? How recipe come to you..is it similar to poem or music...may be I just gave a subject for your
daily blog..anyways amazing talent..
Best Wishes & Loving Regards

Anonymous said...

it luks soo yuuummmmyyyyy.. :-)

i wish i could juss pull a peice of it.. :-(

nowww i realllyyy want to have onee.... :-)

i will definately make it, this week end.. yeaahhh.. :-) :-)

thanks a lot for a wonderful recipe, after a long time.. :-)

Love you.
Jai Gurudeva! :-)

Shailesh Dhekne said...

sounds easy n yummy ...i will surely try this on weekend

Unknown said...

hi bawa.. i viewed yor recipes..as i looked at photographs,my mouth start watering....i guess amazing food....would i be there to have that food coked by u!

Anonymous said...

i am surely going to try this out!! :) tom :)

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm..... its yummmmmy!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Big pizza lover...cool substitute for a pizza base bau...
now gonna be a breadzza lover 2(well,apart from being urs,ofcourse)..lov JGD

Anonymous said...

You are so amazing, Bau! Your enthusiasm and energy comes through in your posts. Just reading it I was kind of overwhelmed if I can make it but will definitely give it a shot.

Oishee said...

breadzza is really yummy indeed. My mother would make it for an after school snack. My short-cut version is just the readymade sauce, cheese, oregano and tomato. Nothing tastes as good as melted brown cheese:-)

Lena said...

I just yesterday made a pizza where I use tortillabread as bottom and on top kidneybeans, sweetchillisås, garlic, cheese and a spicemix chokolat&chilli
muuums it was so god

love&Jai Gurudev
Lena from Sweden

Limit & Beyond said...

Today only i vowed not to eat after 7.00pm but....u did it again...there is sumthing about the way u write ,while reading this recipie my stom-ach ached wid the craving of having Breadizza, i had mouth full of water, and i m on way to kitchen for making it:)
luckily i have brown bread in d fridge n also jalpenoes for d topping:)

i find bread to be a better option then pizza base[i usually eat d topings n d cheese n throw away the pizzza base:)]as it dosenrt give tht choking feeling like d pizza base does at times.
sunil indore

parth said...

yumy....it is mouth watering. you ate it alone, this is not fare bau, me also wanted to eat......but seriously i remember the day when mummy used to make this when i suddenly demands for Pizzas, so she does the same thing cause my mom used to make base by herself for the pizza but sudden demand......she is helpless so she make this (Not as elaborately as you made it....!!! ) though she used to made it... any ways now i am on my own, i had to try out this recipe this sat-sun

Thanks Bau

Jai Gurudev

Unknown said...

Bawu..i read ur recipes with interest...but one of the things that deter me from making it are the names of the ingredients....
One such is Basil leaves...i donno what they are...what do we call them in hindi ?

One more question.. In my DSN with Nitin Bhaiya..I was told not to eat mushroom...I have never eaten after that..what r ur views on eating mushroom ?

Anupam Gupta said...

Jai Gurudev!!!

MAN i soooooooooo needed this one Bau. Am definitely going to try this. Looks lovely as expected.


P.S. EAGERLY waiting for the pizza base recipe too..

P.P.S hope to eat some of your cooking in the next 5 days that you are here...**winks**

komal said...

Jai GuruDev..
sounds yum i wish i could try it in my microwave as i dint have an oven here....

Abhay Karnataki said...

waah Bawa, it looks so good. I will do it sometime, I have been keeping away from Pizza because I can't digest that Pizza base. Now I have an alternative!

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