Sunday, November 14, 2010

Homemade Veg Pizza / Paneer Tikka Pizza - Step by Step Recipe

Veg pizza in 2 versions (Normal & Low Fat)
I was postphoning this pizza post just for the reason that I had to write more ;) Also I wanted to compile all the pics with stepwise, and the variation that I had clicked each time I made Pizza. And with no doubt this recipe is a keeper but I made adjustments here and there each time and finally found the recipe for perfect pizzas, So no more pizzas from restaurants. I have tried with 2 different toppings and here am giving u both for normal as well as low fat version.
Pizza pics updated on 22/7/11
Veg Pizza

Ingredients for Normal Pizza : [Recipe Source - Raks Kitchen]
  • All purpose flour/Maida - 1 & 1/2 cups
  • Active dry yeast - 1 tbsp
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 tblsp
  • Salt - 3/4 tsp
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp

For the topping :
  • Pizza/Pasta Sauce - 1 tbsp
  • Tomato Sauce - 1/2 tbsp
  • Onion - 1/2 chopped
  • Capsicum - 1/2 chopped
  • Grated mozarella cheese - 2 tbsp or as required to cover the topping
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
For Paneer tikka marinating:
  • Paneer - 10 to 12 small cubes
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Curd - 1.5 tbsp

Veg Pizza
Method:
Boil the water first in a wide vessel and keep aside. Now add milk, oil, sugar, salt to boiled water and mix well till sugar dissolves. Now add yeast to the milk oil solution.
Veg Pizza Step1

Mix well and keep aside for 5-7 mins stirring occassionally. After sometime you can see the yeast completely dissolved as shown below. Now add the flour.After adding the flour, gather to get a smooth pilable dough. No need to knead completely just bring it together that is enough. Keep covered till an hour or 2, preferably in a warm place for best results. When u check after an hr, the dough would have been raised(I wouldnt say its exactly doubled) .Now again punch it down incase for any airbubbles and then keep aside.
Veg Pizza Step2
By the time cut paneer into small cubes add curd, salt, turmeric, chilli, coriander, garam masala powder and lemon juice - Marinate it for 15mins. I usually dont roast the paneer seperately but attimes when I have time in hand I do it and yes this time I toasted it in a tawa with little oil till golden brown. You can also just keep the paneer along with the topping to bake without toasting.

Grease a baking tray with aluminium foil [I didnt dust flour or add oil] . Keep the dough on the tray, Now roll the dough a little thick as 1 to 1.5 inches and fold the ends as shown in the below pic. Just fold the ends inside and press it till u get a small depthness.Prick the base with fork to make sure of even cooking . Spread the pizza sauce, I used the readymade maggi pizza sauce.
Veg Pizza Step3

Arrange the toppings - I've used paneer, capsicum and onion here.Then grate the cheese till it covers topping.Just add tomato sauce on top this is purely optional but it tastes good with it. Then sprinkle pepper powder. Preheat the oven for 210 degree Celsius and bake for 15- 20 mins,till the base turns golden brown
Veg Pizza Step4

If you cut a tiny area with a knife, u can see if its cooked fully by seeing the bread like texture.Mine gets done usually in 20mins, check at 15mins then proceed with the extra 5mins. Cut the pizzas with pizza cutter/knife, make wedges and enjoy hot and yummy pizza :)

Homemade Veg Pizza

The topping combination is endless.To me pizzas are only if they served from Pizzahut but sure homemade pizzas changed my mind :)



My Notes :
  • The dough shouldnt be sticky...if so then ur dough is watery so add in a little more flour. Give a slight press while arranging the topping, so that after baked the topping gets nicely blended with the base.

  • It is again a no fail recipe.The only thing to keep in mind is the measurements and the yeast activeness.With the measurement specified above , u can make 2 thin crust pizzas too, it tastes equally gud. If you are opting for one then u will get a big pizza a little bigger in radius than the ones u get in pizzahut.

  • I have tried with normal cube cheese but it never melts and spreads well like mozzarellacheese.If you use other cheese, it will sit in the place u have grated :)

  • Usually I roll the dough in the baking tray with aluminium foil which I opt to place it in oven, this way its messfree as u need not transfer from one to another carefully.


Homemade Veg Pizza



Low Fat Version Ingredients :
  • Wheat Flour - 1 cup
  • Maida - 1/2 cup
  • Active dry yeast - 3/4 tblsp
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 tblsp
  • Salt - 3/4 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
For the topping:
  • Tomato Sauce - 1tbsp
  • Onion - 1 chopped
  • Capsicum - 1/2 chopped
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder 1/2 tsp [You can alternatively use chilli flakes also]
  • Cheese - 2 tsp grated
  • Paneer cubes - 6 to 8



Low Fat version of Veg Pizza with thin crust/base
Veg Pizza


Except for the ingredients the method is the same just give an extra 3-5 mins while baking as wheat flour takes a little more time than maida.

104 comments:

  1. The pizza looks super good sharmi. I'm book marking this :)

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  2. Hey Sharmilee,

    Wow...beautifully expalined dear...I should appreaciate you for the step wise pictures..I dont have the patience for this!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  3. These pizzas look superb Sharmilee!!! Great strp-by-step explanations. They look so tempting. Your lovely pics are tempting me more....:)

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  4. superb Pizza Sharmilee. I tried making the base but my yeast failed me. which brand did you use by the way? love the low fat version more.

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  5. @Sayantani : There are several brands but I finally settled down in a brand called 'Bake King' Active Dry Yeast

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  6. Wow,spicy looking pizza,lovely stepwise pictures as well!Kalakku !! I love the low fat version picture more :)

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  7. pizza with panner topping i am craving for some. here in pizza hut for vegetarians we get only one choice.
    both r looking very yum ,want to have a bite

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  8. Yummy pizza,love the toppings...very tempting pics.

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  9. Sharmi, the maida pizza looks perfect... stepwise is to be really appreciated!!!... From the pics, I guess the wheat pizza is dense and not fluffy enough... Does thincrust turn out well with wheat?...Have u tried a 50-50 wheat-maida?... let me know ur exper...would like to try it...

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  10. Sharmi..Simply awesome post dear.the pizza looks very very tempting and loved the step pictures, i was planning to do so for a lonng time, but never happened really...GREAT JOB!!!!

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  11. @Anonymous : Thanks for ur feedback. I have tried thin crust with low fat version....Infact the low fat one showed in the above pic is slightly thinner than the usual ones only, now have updated too. And thats the reason its shown dense...the pizza doesnt puff up much so there is no difference whether u use wheat/maida.The only difference maida gives is the taste and melt in the mouth softness.

    No havent tried a 50-50 version but that will be more like the maida version I guess...Hope this helps!

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  12. Both the pizzas look very tempting, will definitely try them in the coming weeks and let you know how they turned out...
    Beautiful clicks, Sharmi!!!

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  13. Its simply amazing Sharmilee....Perfect Step by Step guide for a delicious Pizza...I had tried loooooong back one or twice...but then keep forgetting to try again...Ur Pics n steps really made me try again....Very Useful Post...Bookmarked...
    regards
    Deepti
    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  14. The pizza looks so inviting! And its step-by-step evolution is fantastic :)

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  15. hi sharmi, very tempting pizzas. lovely. i liked all the versions. it has come out so well. awesome clicks:)

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  16. Am speechless and drooling over that beautiful looking paneer pizza..very tempting..

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  17. Pizza looks so perfect...Looks so tempting...

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  18. Beautiful tempting pizza ..loved the step step explanation and pics..nice post.

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  19. Awesome awesome awesome... wonderful pictures with tempting pizzas.. Home made is always best.

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  20. Hi Sharmi, lovely Pizza... the pics are very good.
    Really appreciate the stepwise photographs... very informative... and the lowfat version is good enough !

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  21. wow!! Perfect and tempting pizza..Loved the step by step pictures, Sharmilee..Great job!!

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  22. Thanks for the clari... I'll try both versions and 50-50 aswell... :)

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  23. Lovely step wise pics sharmi...all of them look super delicious tempting...

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  24. Good clicks.Yummy pizza .Very colourful and tempting.

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  25. Nice explanation. Lovely pizzas.must try the low fat version:)

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  26. amazing...i love the paneer version

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  27. looks super delicious and toooo tempting

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  28. super good and delicious pizza...love the step by step pics!!

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  29. Awesome...beautiful clicks..super delicious.

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  30. ooooo home made ones are the best the look stunning!

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  31. Sharmi, I bookmarked and surely trying it out :)

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  32. onion capsicum pizza looks delicious..love the pics... sapdnum pola iruke suda suda.

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  33. Pizza's look lovely! Happy to follow you Sharmi!

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  34. pizza looks super super delicious, sharmi. I had it yesterday..

    Aaha Oho

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  35. Great pic description...lovely clicks Sharmi...Home made is the best :-)

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  36. Wow!Amazing!Pizza looks perfect and so yummy.Well done Sharmi.

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  37. Love both the versions of pizza, Sharmi. Lovely presentation. Makes a great post to refer in future. Best wishes, take care.

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  38. I'm certainly going to try low fat version . You have put in lot of effort here i can see with the step by step pics and sharing your tips also. Well done Sharmi

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  39. was waiting for the post for long time. Superb and Usefull Presentation with step wise pictures.

    definetly i have to try your way..

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  40. Great looking dish! Make me hungry!

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  41. never tried the paneer version but it looks so tempting..well done !!

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  42. Looks awesome dear and very well explained too in great details.
    FOODELICIOUS

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  43. Kudos to you for making this pizza Sharmi and posting it with all step wise pictures. We had this pizza while we were in India and loved the flavor of it.
    Anytime (the lazy me) will ever feel like making it at home, I know where to look :-))

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  44. Hi sharmi thanks for u comments...pizza looks so yummy...i feel so bad that don hav a oven at home...very gud try...

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  45. Hi, Tried this recipe last night and it came out awesome. It was damn easy that was a breeze to prepare. My hubby said home made pizza is 150% better than restaurant pizza in both taste and health-wise. Kudos to you!

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  46. @Raji : Wow ,thats great to hear...You've made my sunday even more special :) Thanks for trying and letting me know!

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  47. Hi, Tried the recipelast night and was tasting superb!!! Thanks for the recipe! But I feel the toppings are sliding out when I serve them !! What would have gone wrong? I used the law fat version from your recipe.Is it that the pizza sauce was in excess?? Thanks

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  48. @Sheeja : Thanks for trying and letting me know, glad that u liked it :) You need to press the topping slightly(half shown outside) as I've mentioned, then the toppings will not slide out. Hope this helps!

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  49. i was wondering if i can use wheat flour for the same???

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  50. @Nithya : Please find the low fat version at the bottom there I've given the measurements with wheat flour...but making whole wheat pizza purely with wheat flour didnt work out for me...as the crust/base was hard...Hope this helps!

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  51. Thanks Sharmilee. This is the first time, i had prepared Pizza with your detailed steps.Thanks a lot. My Wife really liked the mouth watering pizza that i'd made

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  52. Hi Sharmi,i'm a pizza lover so i'm very happy to see this. I want to try this now itself, but pls clarify me about baking pizza pan vessel. Is it possible without aluminium foil?

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    1. Aluminium foil is not must, just skip it and grease the pan with little oil and bake the pizza

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  53. what about the pan? aluminium round cake baking pan is ok?

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    1. I used my collecting try which is aluminum but baking pan should also be fine

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  54. I just tried these yesterday.. the crust was soo super crispy and soft, tender inside...perfect crust!! Thanks Sharmi!!

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  55. Hi Sharmi,tried this pizza yesterday...came out very well and my hubby was full of praises. This is the 1st time I baked a pizza and for the 1st time it really came out well. Decided to bake it again with more perfection. My hubby said, it is equivalent to the Pizza hut pizza and even more....Music to my ears :) ...Thanks for the wonderful recipe and the step by step explaination with photos :)

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  56. very nice pics and pizza to..willing to try cookies recopies given by u..will surely let u knw the out come..thank u very much ma'm to share all this with us..its realy very helpful

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  57. hey cool yaa I mean I cudn't find sch an organised recipe at da Tarla's or evn Sanjeev's site..!! M 15 n more lyk an amature so lookin forward fr sm mr interesting dishes.. Btw Hats off to ur patience :D

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  58. Hi sharmi. I too make pizzas regularly for my nephew and he loves it. Just a few suggestions which I found useful. Suppose ter is no time to marinate the paneer we can add a pinch of salt,a squeeze of lemon,and a spoon of tandoori chicken masala to the chopped paneer mix well and use it as a topping(the lemon juice is just to make th tandoori masala stick to the paneer). Also adding cheese to th base. Then laying th toppings on the cheese is good cos when the cheese melts the toppings sink in and become firmly embedded into the base and does not come off easily when u bite into th pizza.

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  59. hello Sharmilee,
    can we bake the raw dough along with toppings?i guess somtimes the dough inbetween will not cook...did u face that problem?or else first we have to bake the pizza base for sometime and then add the toppings and then again bake it...?
    thanks,

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  60. @Nimisha : No I havent faced such an issue...may be if you feel so you can bake the base first then top it up and then bake till cheese melts...Hope this helps!

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  61. I tried this pizza today and my family loved it. Thank you :)

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  62. I tried this last night and was just perfect. Thanks for the great recipe and step by step pics

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  63. I made this pizza last night and it turned out great. Thanks for the awesome recipe and pics!

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  64. is it in microwave or conventional oven?? this is my first trial on pizza. pls help

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  65. @Vaisakh : I tried in my OTG but the orginal recipe is tried in microwave only so anything will be ok

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  66. Hi Sharmi, Can you please tell me how many servings of pizza we can get from this measurement?

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  67. @Archana : You can either make 2 thin based pizzas or a large pizza

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  68. Hi Sharmi,
    Tried this pizza now.... Came out very well... Thanks for the step by step pictures..... Crust came out so well so that no one believed that its a homemade base...... Good and great recipe!!!

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  69. wow !!!!! Looks delicious and too tempting !!!!!!!!!

    Please can you tell in which rack the shop bought pizza base has to be kept in the oven. (middle rack or the bottom rack) ?

    Preheating time ....Cooking time ...please can you mention that too....

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    1. I usually keep in middle rack...preheat it for 10mins

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  70. Hi i made a veg pizza with ready pizza bread. But after 15 mins of 250 decrees grill in morphy richard OTG my pizza was crisp from up but base was not brown. Why ?

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    1. Oh not really sure for readymade pizza base dont think you need to keep at 250 deg....I usually bake at 200 deg C for 10mins when I use readymade pizza base with last 2-3mins in grill mode this way browning and cooking will be fine.

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    2. Hi Sharmilee
      Please inform me which brand of active Dry Yeast to be used & it is possible to make pizza sauce at home

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    3. I used bakers brand but now I got pack of yeast which is from US from my friend so using it....the brand name is fleischmann

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  71. Great recipe Sharmilee :D Though I differ on the Pizza Hut issue ;) I find their crust hard and not so good. For me, pizzas will always be from Dominos! :D But, nothing beats homemade goodies :D

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  72. hi sharmilee,
    Awesome.wonderful post.what is the preheating time.u mentioned @210degree but for how long.thx.Uma.

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    1. Preheating time always depends on ur oven, please check ur manual for it....I always preheat for 10mins

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  73. Hi ur pizza Luis gr8... I don't have an oven so I usually do it in a cooker.... Hey can u suggest me an oven that I can buy.... I am very much interested in baking... I can't make out if I have 2 go for an OTG or microwave.... They say cakes don't come out well in a microwave ovens.. I want an oven that is an all rounder.. Which one do u use... Kindly suggest....

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    1. Reg your query : I am really not sure of the outcome in microwaves as I have used only OTG.....You can check out my oven details in the 'my oven post'.

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  74. Hi I tried dis one.It came out really nice...My son loved it

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  75. Hi,I tried dis one & it was vry nice.My son lovd it.Tnk U

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  76. Hi sharmilee.. Your blog is sooper dooper.. :) It is a varaprasadham for newly married :) I have a doubt .. Recently I bought a kenstar oven with Microwave,Grill&Convection mode. For this recipe do I need to use any combination mode? I have options like 1)Microwave+Grill 2)Microwave+Convection 3) Microwave+Convection+Grill . Do i need to preheat a oven before keeping the base inside?

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    1. Yes you need to preheat the oven...and reg the mode I am not really sure as I use OTG.Guess Microwave + Convection mode will help...Please refer the manual

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  77. pls let me know the baking time and temperature dr

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    1. Use the same preheating temperature for baking also.

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  78. This will taste heavenly with oregano seasoning.

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  79. Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo much for the recipe. I tried ti out and it turned out great

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  80. Is it not possible if I buy a pizza base and follow the remaining steps and make a similar pizza

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    1. Yes you can but keep a check on the timing alone....

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  81. Hey Sharmilee, Is there any alternative for yeast?

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  82. Looking yummy. Which brand of yeast have You used

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  83. hi,

    i tried y'day taste great, cooked well, only problem found was it become loose and soggy from middle, i put on baking tray with aluminium foil and all foil stick to pizza from bottom, what i have done wrong, followed all steps perfect, can u help.

    thanks

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  84. Sharmi,i don hav olive oil,shall i replace it with sunflower oil or butter?

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    1. Yes you can use normal cooking oil....

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