Scrumptious recipe for Spicy Pizzas made with small Naan Breads
For the Spicy Tomato Sauce:
1 Tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
1 tsp (5 ml) mustard seeds
a thumb-length quill of cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp (10 ml) fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tin tomato-and-onion mix, or tinned tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp (5 ml) medium-strength curry powder
½ tsp (2.5 ml) cumin
½ tsp (2.5 ml) coriander powder
3 Tbsp (45 ml) water
2 Tbsp (30 ml) natural yoghurt
salt and pepper
For the pizzas:
8 small naan breads
3 cloves garlic, finely crushed
cumin and red chilli powder for dusting
toppings of your choice (see my notes above)
a little olive oil
salt and milled black pepper
fresh coriander or mint
First make the tomato sauce. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the mustard seeds and cinnamon stick. When the mustard seeds start to pop and sputter, turn down the heat and add the garlic and ginger. Allow to sizzle for a minute or two (don’t let the garlic brown) and then add the tomatoes, curry powder, cumin and coriander. Let the sauce bubble over a medium heat for five minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir in the water, and then stir in the yoghurt, a teaspoon at a time. Turn off the heat and season with salt and pepper.
Turn on your grill and place a baking sheet or a pizza stone in the oven to heat through.
Lightly toast one side of the naan breads in a dry frying pan, or under the hot grill. Turn them over and spread a little tomato sauce on them, leaving a little gap around the edges. Cover with a few slices of cheese. Dust the cheese with a little cumin and chilli powder, and dab with crushed garlic. Add the toppings. Cook under a hot grill until the cheese is bubbling.
Drizzle with a little olive oil and top with fresh green leaves.
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Recipe and photo copyright – Jane-Anne Hobbs. See more recipes at her delicious food blog: www.scrumptious.co.za