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Cauliflower Crust Pizza…The super healthy Pizza indulgence

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If you or your kids love eating pizza, but feel guilty about all the extra calories, this post is for you. Imagine eating pizza and getting a full serving of a vegetable, it doesn’t get better than this. When I came across this recipe, I was amused. How in the world can we make a pizza from a cauliflower. Surprising, but deliciously true. It satisfies your craving for a pizza, for that cheesy goodness and is super healthy. Highly recommended. πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

Small or medium cauliflower – 1
Mozzarella cheese – Β½ cup (Use your choice of cheese)
Egg -1 (See notes for substitutions)
Mixed Italian Herbs – 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 2, minced
Black pepper powder – ΒΌ tsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly flakes – to taste, optional
Pizza Sauce – ΒΌ cup
Cheese – Β½ cup (more or less, as per your preference)
Your choice of Pizza toppings

Method:

  1. Remove the stems of the cauliflower and pulse the florets in a food processor till you get very fine cauliflower rice. You can also grate the florets if you like.
  2. Cook the florets in a microwave for about 8 minutes. You can also cook it on a stove top in boiling water for about the same time.
  3. Once done, drain all the water and let it cool down. Finally, wrap the cooked cauliflower crumbles in a kitchen towel and squeeze out as much water as you can. This step is very important to get a good pizza base.
  4. Preheat your oven to 450 F and line your baking sheet with Parchment paper. The parchment paper is very important here to ensure your pizza does not stick to the baking sheet.
  5. Now mix the cauliflower (which should be really dry by now) with cheese, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper, egg and the chili flakes. Use your hand and make a soft dough.
  6. Now form a round pizza crust using the dough making sure it is not too thick or thin and place it on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake it for about 20 – 25 minutes till the sides are nicely brown.
  8. Take it out of the oven and flip on the other side. Apply the tomato sauce, your choice of pizza toppings and the cheese.
  9. Put it back in the oven and let it cook for another 7 – 8 minutes till the cheese has nicely melted.
  10. Let it rest for about 2 minutes. Finally cut your healthy pizza into slices and enjoy this guilt free delight.

Notes:

To replace egg you can either use 1 tbsp of flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water or
1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water. Leave it aside for 10 minutes and use as in the recipe.

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Thanks so much for reading the recipe. All I can say is..It is probably one of the most delicious ways you can eat a cauliflower.

Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. πŸ™‚


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Whole Tandoori Cauliflower or Gobhi

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If you are looking for a show stopper dish, this is it. It has such a good presentation that whoever looks at it has only one word – Wow. Try it out on your next get together and get ready for compliments. I came across this recipe at Show me the Curry and it was love at first sight. And when I finally made it, I knew this love would last. You must try it out yourself to believe me.

The best thing is you can just serve the whole dish as an appetizer with a chutney or dip on the side or add some sautΓ©ed onion and tomatoes to go with it and serve as a dry dish, Or make a curry and dip the whole Cauliflower in it to make a meal. Either way, it looks and tastes awesome.

Choose your style and lets get cooking.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower – 1 whole, medium size

Greek Yogurt or hung curd – 1 cup

Garlic – 4 cloves, minced

Ginger paste – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp.

Salt to Taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Tandoori Masala * – 2 tbsp. (Feel free to increase or decrease the quantity per your preference )

Onions – 2 medium, finely sliced

Tomatoes – 2 medium, chopped

Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp

Red chilly powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Amchur or Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp (This is to Sautee the masala)

Method:

  1. Cut out the leaves and stalk of the cauliflower and wash it well under running water. Make sure to keep the shape. Let the gobhi dry for sometime to make sure the marinade sticks to it.
  2. In a bowl mix the hung yogurt, ginger and garlic, lemon juice, salt, 1 tbsp. oil and the Tandoori masala.
  3. Apply a thick coat all over the cauliflower making sure to cover it well and also in between for the flavors to blend in completely.
  4. Place the cauliflower to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, more if time permits.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet and place your cauliflower and bake for about 45 minutes, till tender.
  6. Broil/Grill for the last few minutes to get a nice brown golden color on your dish.
  7. While the cauliflower is baking, lets make the onion tomato masala to go on the side.
  8. Heat the 1 tbsp. oil in a skillet and add in the onions. Cook them for a few minutes till nicely brown.
  9. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for about 2 – 3 minutes till the tomatoes are nicely mashed.
  10. Now add in the salt, garam masala, chilly powder, coriander powder and the mango powder. Mix well. Add a little water if needed.
  11. That’s it. Your masala is ready. Take out the baked Gobhi or cauliflower on a serving platter and spread this masala on the side. Garnish with cilantro or mint leaves. Enjoy

*  Notes:

Here is how you can make your own tandoori masala

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp

Nutmeg Powder – 1/2 tsp

Black pepper Corns – 1 tsp

Whole Cloves – 1 tsp

Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece

Paprika – 1 tsp

Red color – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Roast all these spices in a pan for a few minutes until fragrant and ground to a fine powder. Use as needed.

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So here in a interesting and beautiful dish for your next party. Do give it a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Love, Ritu. πŸ™‚