Food for Kids – Low Calorie Pizza

May 12th, 2006

Makes two pizzas.
Baking temperature: 200°C (400°F)
Baking time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

For the pizza base:
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons fresh yeast, crumbled
A pinch sugar
1 teaspoon salt

For the tomato sauce:
4 large tomatoes
½ cup chopped onions
3 to 4 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
¼ cup capsicum
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon oil
Salt to taste

For the cheesy topping:
½ cup soft paneer
2 tablespoons low fat milk
½ teaspoon French mustard

Other ingredients:
½ cup sliced zucchini (optional)
½ cup sliced onions
1 tomato, sliced
10 to 12 basil leaves
1 teaspoon oil for greasing

For the pizza base:
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead into a soft dough using enough water until it is smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove till it doubles in volume (approx. 15 to 20 minutes). Press the dough lightly to remove the air. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll out each portion into a circle of 250mm diameter and 6mm thickness.

For the tomato sauce:
Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water. Peel, cut into quarters and deseed the tomatoes. Chop finely and keep the tomatoes aside. Heat the oil and add the peppercorns and bay leaf and saute for a 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce reduces a little. Add the onions, capsicum and garlic and sauté for a few seconds.
Add the chopped tomato pulp and allow it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce reduces a little. Add salt and simmer for some more time.
Finally, add the oregano and mix well. Remove and discard the bay leaf and peppercorns. Keep aside.

For the cheesy topping:

Blend the paneer, milk and French style mustard to a thick purée in a liquidiser and keep aside.

Place one pizza base on lightly greased baking tray.
Spread half the tomato sauce over the pizza base and top with half the cheesy topping mixture.
Arrange half the zucchini, onions and tomato slices on the pizza and top with some basil leaves.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 to 15 minutes or till the base is evenly browned. Top with some more basil leaves.
Make another pizza using the other pizza base and the remaining ingredients.
Serve hot.

Energy per serving – 140 calories
Fat per serving – 1.8 gm

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