Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New York Style Pizza with Homemade Pizza Sauce

Making a pizza from scratch has been on my to-do list, ever since I bought the oven. But, you can say my laziness, it never materialized.  When the Baking Partners announced the challenge for this month I was really happy. It was a great experience making the Pizza at home. My first attempt at making the pizza itself was a success. The pizza’s turned out super delicious and needless to say, kids and elders loved it. My in – laws preferred it to the store bought ones. Any day, homemade is homemade; it is better liked with its small flaws isn't it?

Yield – 3, 8” pizzas

What you'll need for the Pizza Crust
  1. All Purpose Flour – 3 ½ cup
  2. Active Dry Yeast – 1 tsp
  3. Salt – ¾ tsp
  4. Sugar – 1 tsp
  5. Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
  6. Water – 270 ml

  1. Heat about ¼ cup of water, from the mentioned amount (270 ml), the water should be just warm.
  2. Add the yeast and a pinch of sugar.
  3. Set this aside for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Once the mixture starts bubbling, you can be sure your yeast is working else start afresh.
  5. In a wide mouthed bowl, add the all purpose flour, salt, sugar and mix well with hands.
  6. Now add the yeast mix and give a good mix.
  7. I used my Philips Mixer, add the required amount of water and mix until the mixture comes together.
  8. Next add the oil and mix for 15 at medium speed or until the dough passes the window pane test.
  9. Grease a bowl with oil and place this dough in it.
  10. Cover tightly with a cling wrap and refrigerate ideally for 72 hours. I refrigerated for 24 hours.
  11. Take out the dough and keep it outside atleast an hour or 2 before preparing the pizza.

What you'll need for the Pizza Sauce
  1. Tomatoes – 400gm
  2. Onion – ½ of a small, sliced
  3. Garlic – 2 cloves
  4. Dried Basil – 1 tsp
  5. Oregano - 1/2 tsp
  6. Red Chilly Flakes – ½ tsp
  7. Sugar – 1 tsp
  8. Butter – 1 tbsp
  9. Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
  10. Salt to taste

  1. Grind the tomatoes. It can be a little chunky.
  2. Heat a non stick kadai, with butter and olive oil.
  3. Add the crushed garlic, basil, oregano and chilly flakes. Sauté for about 2 mins.
  4. Next add the sliced onions, tomato puree.
  5. Cook covered on low heat till the mixture reduces to ½ its volume or has reached a saucy texture. Keep stirring once in awhile to avoid burning.

For the toppings
I used
  1. Bell Peppers – ½ each of Red, Yellow and Green, cut into strips
  2. Onion – sliced
  3. Babycorn – sliced
  4. Cheese – I used Mozzarella – as required

To assemble the pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C
  2. Flour a pizza pan or a baking tray, (I used the bottom of my spring form pan), divide the dough into 3 equal parts.
  3. Place the dough in the middle of the dusted plate, and start patting the dough and also keep moving the plate in circular motion.
  4. Press in such a way that you have a thick edges and the remaining area is thin and flat.
  5. Brush some melted butter or olive oil.
  6. With a fork, lightly prick the insides of the pizza, so that it doesn’t puff up.
  7. Now, apply a tbsp or 2 of the prepared pizza sauce and spread it all over, leaving the thick edges.
  8. Now, spread the toppings and top with the grated cheese.
  9. Place this plate in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or till the underside turns light brown and crisp.


  1. The dough should be ideally rested for 72 hours, but due to some time constraints, I rested only for 24 hours, but the results were good.
  2. Use toppings of your choice.


Sona S said...

Pizza looks delicious.. Loved the pics..

Anu said...

Perfect veg pizza, love the baby corn in it.

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Yummy !

Sudha Sabarish said...

Mouth watering pizza.Looks so delicious.

Rafeeda AR said...

looks really yummy... :)

Gheza e shiriin said...

Wow, so beautiful & tempting.loved the presentation

Vidya Chandrahas said...

Yummy...mouthwatering pizza.

Akila said...

Delicious pizza... Last click is too tempting

nayana said...

Mouthwatering pizza, feel like having it right now. Todays post : http://nayanas-kitchen-kreations.blogspot.in/2013/05/dry-fruit-parfait-thandai-flavor.html

Ruchi Indu said...

Lovely... Mouth watering... Oh this sure is much better than store bought ones... Bookmarked...

The Yogi Vegetarian said...

That base looks perfect, well done :)

Ambreen (Simply Sweet 'n Savory) said...

Wow, this looks perfect & so delicious!

Tamilarasi Sasikumar said...

Looks yummy...perfectly baked...

Nupur said...

The base has come out just perfect ! Cant believe its home made.. very well done !

Sangeetha M said...

Perfect & yummy pizza...very neat presentaiton Kaveri!

Nagashree said...

Very well done Kaveri, love the baby corn for topping.

divya said...

Wow, so beautiful & tempting.loved the presentation

Nithya Naveen said...

Mouthwatering pizza and tempting.. Perfectly made..

Sanoli Ghosh said...

So cute and perfect pizza with babycorn on topping. Lovely.

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Tina (PinayInTexas) said...

Perfect pizza! Looking at it makes me so hungry!

Hema said...

Pizza looks perfect and lovely clicks..

Suja Manoj said...

Lovely and colorful pizza,mouthwatering..beautifully made dear

Vineetha said...

ur pizza came out soo well...ur pics looks fab !

Savitha Ganesan said...

Perfectly baked pizza.lovely pictures.

beingFab said...

Beautiful pictures and a wonderfully symmetric pizza!! I have never used baby corn on pizza, sounds like a great idea for a topping!

Trisha said...

Beautiful veggie pizza!

Shannon R said...

The pizza looks so tasty! Love the veggie toppings!


Super yummy and nicely done pizza.

Shanthi said...

lovely..perfectly done...

Swathi iyer said...

Delicious Pizza Kaveri, you did very well. I love it.

Arthy shama said...

Droolicious pizza dear, wish I cud hav an slice!!

Vidhya said...

Perfect Pizza.Would love to have a slice of this.

Achu said...

Lovely :) So good clicks :) Hope u enjoyed!!!Visit my space once u r free.

Amrita Vishal said...

Love the babycorns on the yummy pizza

Anonymous said...

Love the texture of the base.

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