To be honest this recipe is kind of my creation. Living in Kuwait, we did not have the privilege of our Dominos having the mind-blowing Peppy Paneer on their menu or our Pizza Hut offering Tandoori Paneer or Paneer Makhani options. Only when we went to India for summer vacations did we actually eat these yummy pizzas, but that too not often.
I have always loved to cook and try new recipes. So when I moved to Houston for work, and setup my home and had my very own kitchen, I got to doing just that… Cooking! One day I was on the phone with my hubby (then boyfriend who was in Virginia) when he mentioned that he missed home food or even the food I used to cook at our Virginia Tech dorm kitchen. Just for fun, I asked him what he would like me to cook when we meet next and he said Matar Paneer and Kadi. I said “okie boss, but for now, what should I cook, I want to eat pizza but not order in” and that’s when he happened to mention that he wished he was back in India and could have the Peppy Paneer Pizza from Dominos.
That was my light bulb moment. I asked him to keep the phone down so I could call my mom in Kuwait and ask her how she made the home-made pizza when we were little. While she did everything on her own (making the base, the sauce, etc. etc.) I was in no mood to do so much work and went to the store to find the ingredients for a recipe that was brewing in my mind. And that is how, my friends, my world-famous Paneer Pizza originated. No, I am not boasting when I say world famous, it actually is, coz I have family and friends all over the world who have tried it and loved it! Today I am sharing that with you 🙂 and hope you like it too!
Serving size: Depends on which one of the options below you choose to go with. The one with 3 Pizza Crusts are personal size pizza bases and hence feeds 3. The one with 2 Pizza Crusts are like the large pizza base size and hence 1 feeds 3~4 people. In my opinion if you are serving folks with varied choices (for example: some like green peppers others don’t, some like mushrooms others don’t, then go with the personal pizza size as you can make 1 for each according to their liking).
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes to prep all the veggies and 10 minutes to bake!
Things you will need to make 1 large pizza or 3 small pizzas:
– 1 Onion small – cut in thin slices
– 1 Bell Pepper small – cut in thin slices
– 1/2 can of corn kernels
– Handful of black olives pitted and sliced
– Handful of jalapeños (optional)
– 3/4 cube of Paneer (I used Nanak Brand) cut into small bite sized squares
– 3/4 Ragu Pasta Sauce – Chunky Tomato, Onion and Garlic flavor or Classico Tomato and Basil
– Mozzarella Cheese as per preference
– Mama Mary’s pizza base/crust (I use the Original, deep dish base for either the large or personal size)
– Seasoning: Private Selections Pizza Seasoning
– Preheat oven to 425F/220C (instructions on the back of the pizza base cover)
– Sauté the cut onions and bell peppers as per your preference. Keep aside to cool down enough to use hands to sprinkle on the pizza. If short on time, you can skip sautéing and just use raw ones as they will get cooked when baking anyways.
– Wash canned corn and keep aside
– For the jalapeños and olives, if canned or jarred, wash them, cut and keep aside
– Sauté the cut paneer and keep aside to cool down enough to use hands to sprinkle on the pizza. If short on time, you can skip sautéing the paneer cubes and just use raw, but not straight from the fridge as it needs to come down to room temperature to become soft.
– Cover the baking tray with aluminum foil and spray cooking oil (I use PAM cooking spray)
– Cut one pizza base into slices using pizza cutter (cutting these already helps since the pizza gets heavy after all the toppings)
– Pour desired amount of pasta sauce on the base
– Sprinkle some cheese on the sauce (this helps the toppings to “stick” to the base)
– Put the veggies: onions, bell peppers, black olives, corn, jalapeños and then put some more cheese on top. You can add more veggies like Mushrooms etc. as you wish. The hubby does not like mushrooms hence I skip it.
– Place the paneer artistically, as in cover each slice evenly, don’t just sprinkle it
– Season it with Private Selections Pizza Seasoning as per preference (more or less depending on how you like it). Once baked, you can also add Parmesan Cheese and Red Chilly Flakes if you wish.
– Bake at 425 F for 7 to 12 minutes based on how well done you like the crust! For me it’s just right at 10 minutes!
Enjoy this yummy recipe!! Do let me know how you liked it, I would love to hear 🙂