Pizzais one of the dishes that have really topped the Indian food chains. Pizzas are in high demand among the youngsters and kids. Normally in US pizza are often called as pizzapie. Pizza is an oven baked, flat shaped bread topped with variety of vegetables, meat, cheese and sauce. The variations have changed according to the taste from the normal standard pizza. Nowadays there are wide ranges of pizza with your choice of toppings. Pizza originated from the Neapolitan cuisine and now the dish is one of the most popular dishes all over the world. Originally the Ancient greeks covered their bread base with oils, herbs and cheese and the Romans topped with cheese, honey and flavored with bay leaves.
Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomatoand in 1889 cheese was added. It is said that in 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Savoy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italianflag as the pizza was topped with tomato (red color), Mozzarella (white) and basil (green).
There after this kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita. Preparing the pizzais simple but one needs to have enough patience for kneading the dough and baking as the preparation takes time. The bottom of the pizza is called the crust. According to your taste you can either make a thin or thick crust. The traditional plain pizza was seasoned with garlic, herbs and stuffed with cheese. Normally in restaurants, pizzas are baked in oven with stone bricks and while baking at home you can bake in pizza stone or a non stick pan. Pizza can also be baked directly on a barbecue grill.
The authentic Neapolitan pizzas were typically made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. We shall learn to prepare the pizza on a pan. Take some warm water, add yeast, sugar and little salt and add a cup of all purpose flour (maida) and mix well. Keep it aside for 10 minutes. Take maida in a bowl, add the yeast mixture to the flour and knead to form soft dough. Cover it with a wet cloth and rest it for 1 hour. Knead again and rest for 30 minutes. Take a lump of dough, pat and roll into a pizza base. Use dry flour to dust. Add all the pizza sauce and toppings. Bake till the base is crisp and light.
Pizzas are really tempting food. But many stay away because of the high calories in it. It is advised that you eat pizzas occasionally. Making pizza at home is healthier. From one of the researchers study, which says that if pizzas are prepared with ingredients like the olive oil, tomato sauce, vegetables, part skim cheese and use whole wheat crust than this would protect to stay healthy. Eating a pizza of this type would be like having a meal that is actually good for you. Well go ahead and try the recipe out.