Friday, March 30, 2012

Paneer Jalfrezi Pizza

We had frozen spinach pizza once and all of us became huge fans. But those frozen pizzas from Whole Foods are not a regular option and I guess most of you know why. So on DDs insistence I got some fresh spinach, small pizza bases and cheese. The enthusiasm with which they asked me to buy the ingredients it seemed like they would be making them the very next day. But it never happened. I figured blanching the spinach and then assembling the pizza after school might have been a tall order especially when they are hungry.

So the pizza bases kept occupying precious real estate in the pantry. It had to be used soon.

On a Lavash

But the topping I had in mind was not spinach but some paneer jalfrezi. I also used Lavash - a Middle Eastern bread which is flat and has no pockets but tastes almost
similar to a Pita. The Lavash turned out to be perfect base for the Pizza.

Rolled like a burrito works too!

Pre-made pizza base

Paneer Jalfrezi Pizza
1. Paneer Cubes about 3/4 of a cup
2. 2 bell pepper (different colors) seeded and cubed
3. 1 cup of cubed onions
4. 2 tomatoes cut into cubes
5. 1/2 cup tomato pulp (run a couple of tomatoes in the blender) or use canned tomato puree.
6. 1 tbsp grated ginger
7. 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
8. 1/2 tbsp chili powder
9. 1/2 tbsp coriander powder
10. 1 tsp cumin powder
11. 2 tsp turmeric powder
12. salt to taste
13. 3 tsp oil + 1 tsp ghee

For Pizza
1. 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used pepper jack bits)
2. 4 Lavash bread or small premade pizza bases

1. Heat the ghee in a pan and saute the paneer cubes till they start to get golden here and there. Set aside
2. In the same pan heat the oil and saute the onions for a few minutes. Add in the bell pepper and continue to saute till the onions are translucent and the bell pepper starts to turn color.
3. Add in the garlic and ginger and saute for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add all the powders now and saute for a couple more minutes.
5. Add salt and the tomato puree and let it cook till the raw smell goes (about 5-8 minutes)
6. Now add the chopped tomatoes and cook till they become soft (5-8 minutes).
7. Add in the sauted panner and let it cook in low medium heat for another 3-4 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Assembling the Pizza
1. Take the Lavash or pizza base, spread the jalfrezi on it, sprinkle with some shredded cheese and place it in a toaster oven at 400F for about 3-4 minutes till the bread is heated through and the cheese has melted. Alternatively the bread can be heated on a non stick pan.


  1. I LOVE paneer on pizzas... so very tasty.

  2. Do you deliver :-) This is so good. The baby spinach is really good you know, no blanching needed, but I have never used for pizza


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