Pizza is one of most desirable fast food of the present era. Pizza is baked in oven, but there are many people who don’t have oven in their homes.
All you need for an awesome pizza are quality dough, Tomatoes, Toppings, and cheese coupled with the right tools and a fair amount of practice – The more you make pizza, the more you learn about the tips and techniques that will suit your taste.
It’s important to note that a good pizza starts with good dough. When making Nigerian Pizza at home, the wetter your dough is, the lighter and crispier your Pizza will be.
This post is addressed for those people who also want to enjoy yummy homemade Nigerian pizza with or without an oven.
How To Make Nigerian Pizza At Home With Oven
- 3 Cups of Bread Flour
- 2 Tsp. Yeast
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1-1/4 Cups of Water
- 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1/4 Tsp. Salt or to taste
- Pizza Sauce
- 6 oz. Tomato paste 3/4 Cup
- 1-1/2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1/2 Tbsp. Onion powder
- 2 cloves of minced Garlic
- 1/2 Tbsp. Black Pepper
- 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 3/4 to 1 Cup water
- 1/2 Tsp. Honey or Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Tsp. of salt or to taste
- For the Pizza Sauce – Stir together the Tomato paste, Italian seasoning, Onion Powder, Minced Garlic, Black pepper, Olive Oil, Water, Honey or Brown sugar and Salt to taste and set aside.
- Combine the yeast, sugar and warm Water in a large Bowl and leave it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until the Yeast is dissolved and a bit foamy, then stir in the Olive Oil and salt.
- Add the Flour and mix it until all the ingredients are well combined, then transfer it to a work surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Form the dough into a Ball and place it in a Bowl that has been coated with Olive Oil, turn it around so that it can be evenly coated with the Oil then cover it with a plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel and leave it to rise for 1 hour or till it’s doubled in size.
- Punch down the dough to remove the trapped air then transfer it back to a lightly floured work surface and divide the dough into your choice of size (I made a large one and a small one)
- Use your hand to push the dough from the centre, then onwards while still maintaining a circular shape. If you are finding this hard to do, you can just use a rolling pin.
- Dust the Pizza pan with some cornmeal and place the flattened out dough on the pan and continue to push the dough till it reaches the size of your pan making sure you create a lip around the edge for the crust. Now leave this to rest for about 5 minutes before adding the toppings.
- Brush the dough with some Olive Oil, concentrating more on the edges this will help to achieve the golden brown crust.
- Spread the Sauce on the pizza, add the Cheese (I used a combination of Mozzarella and provolone Cheese) and your favourite toppings then bake in a 450 and bake for 10 to 12 minutes rotating halfway between.
Take out, slice into pieces and enjoy!
Note: It’s advisable that you use low moisture Mozzarella Cheese to prevent water/moisture on your Nigerian pizza. However, if you opt for to fresh mozzarella, ensure that you drain off the excess milk/water.
Video: How to Make Nigerian Pizza
How To Make Nigerian Pizza Without An Oven
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix in egg and oil.
- Knead dough gently with warm water. Cover and rest the dough for 45 minutes to double it.
- Pre-heat up a non-stick or stainless steel large kettle for 10 minutes, place a wire stand or steel plate upside down in the kettle
- On a floured surface, roll out pizza dough into 9 inch circle or in which size you want to make.
- Assemble all pizza sauce ingredients:
In a frying pan, put oil and heat it up, add garlic and blended onion, sauté for a minute.
For Topping (Optional)
- Boneless chicken 250 gm. (cubed)
- Ginger paste ½ tea spoon
- Garlic paste ½ tea spoon
- Crushed red chilli 1 tea spoon
- Hot spice powder ½ tea spoon
- Black pepper powder ½ tea spoon
- Salt to taste
- Yogurt 3-4 tea spoons
- Lemon juice 2 tea spoons
- Oil 2 tea spoons
- Onion 1 medium (cubed)
- Mozzarella cheese 1 cup
- Cheddar cheese ½ cup
- Marinade chicken with all ingredients for 2 hours.
- Then barbecue or bake in oven at 180 degree C for 20 minutes and smoke them with charcoal.
Afterwards, place the pizza dough in pizza pan or on baking tray then prick it with fork.
Spread the pizza sauce over the surface and on it chicken tikka and cubed onion. Arrange the cheeses on top
- Place pizza on stand
- Cover lid tightly. Cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Cut Into Slices. Take pizza out of pan. Cut into slices and serve hot.
Health Benefits Of Pizza
Pizza often gets a bad rap because it can be associated with binge eating or something quick to grab when you’re out on the town. However, it actually has some health benefits.
The Nutrients In Nigerian Pizza
Pizza undoubtedly contains more nutrient packed vegetables than most take-out choices and can help contribute to your daily requirements.
Tomatoes are the main ingredient in pizza sauce and contain lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and scientific research has found a link between lycopene and lower levels of certain cancers.
Lycopene has also been found to be beneficial to the heart and blood vessels, skin, and bones. When tomatoes are cooked, as they are for pizza or pasta sauce, the lycopene levels are higher and easier for the body to absorb.
Note: According to Health Science Institute, lycopene is best absorbed by your body when your pizza is eaten hot. Therefore, a cold pizza is lycopene-free.
Other vegetable toppings also contain nutrients that promote better health. All vegetables contain fiber. Onions also contain chromium and vitamin C, and can help regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Bell peppers contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamins C, B6, and A, which help keep cells healthy. Those vitamins also support the immune system, metabolism, digestive health and good vision.
Olives contain vitamin E, polyphenols, flavonoids and healthy monounsaturated fat. Vitamin E helps prevent cell damage; polyphenols and flavonoids help prevent inflammation and monounsaturated fats help increase “good” cholesterol.
Other sources of nutrients in pizza include cheese, which contains calcium, protein and vitamin A. Another source of nutrients in pizza is the dough, which contains some antioxidants due to the chemical reactions of the yeast.
Who Should Avoid Pizza?
- For those grappling with weight issues, eating pizzas may raise your blood cholesterol levels and make you prone to heart diseases.
- The saturated fats in the main crust of pizzas may block your arteries and cause serious problems like myocardial infarction (heart attack). So, if you’re prone to having heart attack, pizza is a DEFINITE no-no!
- If you’ve got high blood pressure, eating pizza isn’t advisable as the salt ma raise your blood pressure levels.
Create a Healthier Meal By Eating Salad with Your Pizza
Adding vegetable toppings to your pizza can increase the nutrient content and reduce fat. You could even add pineapple too.
Vegetables are great, but many people can’t imagine a pizza without some meat. If you don’t want to skip meat entirely, there are other options. Sticking to a single meat topping with your vegetables would still satisfy your meat craving without going overboard. Choosing meat that is lower in fat, such as grilled chicken is a better choice.
Adding a salad to your meal can help get even more vegetables into your diet and help keep portion sizes in check. The salad can help fill you up, decreasing the likelihood that you will overindulge.
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