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Rustic Pizza

Made from scratch with fresh Tomatoes & wild mushrooms.

We would often make these pizzas to feed “My always hungry boys & their friends visitinghome on week ends”.

Samson (my son’s classmate from Kodi school) and me would keep rolling out the pizzas, & baking them in my little gas oven, electricity was not reliable, Kodai being an hill station.

It was much later, I figured out that we also could grill these pizzas on a thick cast iron girdle, with any dome shaped cover!!


Pizza Dough:

¾ cup warm water

1Tsp active dry yeast,

1 Tsp salt

2 cups plain flour /maida + additional for rolling

1Table spoon olive oil

For the Topping:

1 kg Tomatoes

About 2 big Onions cut into slices

200gms  Mushrooms (we would use the Kodai wild mushrooms )

Salt to taste

Freshly ground Pepper

¼ cup of Oregano/ chopped fresh basil.

¼ cup Olive oil + additional for brushing and drizzling

2 cups shredded Kodai mozzarella cheese


To prepare the dough. :

1.In a small bowl of warm water, sprinkle the yeast with 1/2 tsp of sugar & little flour, stand aside 10 min until foamy.

2.In a larger  bowl pour in 1/2 the water , Stir in the oil, salt and flour add the activated  yeast mix & knead together till  all comes to form a ball , remove onto a floured surface & knead to form a smooth dough ,(  adding more flour if needed ) knead about 3 to 5 make a smooth elastic dough, oil the dough & keep in an oiled bowl Covered with a cling wrap or a damp tea towel ,

set aside in a warm place, to prove , till doubles in size , for about an hour.

remove onto a floured work surface , punch down the dough, divide into 8 balls &  with a rolling pin roll to make 8” pizzas,  ( Left over dough,  can be kept in a refrigerator over night , well wrapped in a plastic bag & kept in an airtight container. )

Topping -

Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water.  Run through cold water. peel the Skin  and roughlychop the tomatoes.

In a pan on medium high heat, sauté the crushed garlic, sauté the onions, add the blanched & skinned tomatoes, salt & a tablespoon of sugar( this brings out the tomato flavours), pepper, a tablespoon of dry oregano.  cook for 5 to 8 min. turn off the heat.

Now heat one tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the  sliced mushrooms, seasoning with salt until wilted and almost dry – say 3 to 5 min.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 220 deg C. On a lightly floured surface,  roll out a 2” ball of dough to about ¼ “ thickness, about 6 -8 “ big,

on an oiled aluminium plates.

Top the base with (one big ladle ) of the Tomato paste , spread all over.  

Scatter the mushroom, fresh basil, dot well with mozzarella cheese and place in the preheated oven ,

drizzled with little bit of olive oil, and bake for 6 to 7 min till the cheese melts and covers the pizza.

Slice and serve as desired.

This make about 6 to 8 pizzas, depending on the size.

Suggestions :

Can top with - sliced onions, sliced capsicums, sliced shredded boiled chicken, or diagonally cut sausages as you like.

Samson always mentioned that he would open a pizza place in Kodai when he finished school, as he so thoroughly enjoyed making his pizzas.

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