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13 May, 2014

Herb-loaded pizza with homemade sauce (whole wheat)- Fiesta Friday Challenge 1

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Nothing is more rewarding for a mom when her kids eat her homemade pizza and ask for more. Even if it is 100% whole wheat and not loaded with cheese. If we can eat whole wheat roti, whole-wheat pizza should be nice to eat too, right? Made from the same wheat flour, dressed with herbs and cheese.

I entered my name for Fiesta Fridays Challenge 1 (hosted by the lovely Angie) with some trepidation, because it involves cooking with yeast and herbs in the same dish. I haven’t tried too many recipes with active yeast, although I have had some luck with pizza in the past. So this was my chance to befriend the little microbe, starting with the pizza, Indian style!

Collecting herbs: I got freeze-dried chives which are readily revived  by the addition of water. Isn’t that cool?  I have used mint in the dough, chives and coriander in the sauce.


Feeding the yeast with honey in lukewarm water- foams up, showing yeast is active.


A word on the wheat flour: I have tried Gold Medal whole wheat flour, and when I used it in this recipe, I found that it had an after taste. I recommend using whole wheat flour (atta) from the Indian store which is lighter in color and does not have that after taste. Since this pizza is made entirely of whole wheat, this is important.


I used a stand mixer to knead the dough., next placed in a bowl:


It doubles in size in an hour.


Preparing the sauce- puree of blanched tomatoes and coriander leaves.


Reduce to sauce consistency, add salt, chilly powder and garam masala. This is enough for one 10″ pizza.


Mix in mint with the risen dough, divide into 2 balls. Roll out into a 10″ circle.


Spread sauce on top, load with favorite toppings and shredded cheese. Bake at 450 °F for 15 minutes, and it’s ready!


herb-loaded pizza with homemade sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 2 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
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for pizza dough: makes 2 10″ circles

whole wheat – 141 g; 3 cups (atta from Indian market)

active dry yeast- 7 g. or 1/4 oz. (1 packet- I used Red Star brand)

lukewarm water- 1 1/3 cup

honey- 1 tbsp.

salt- 1 1/2 tsp.

olive oil- 2 tbsp. + 1/2 tsp.

chopped fresh mint leaves- 1/2 cup

for sauce:

Roma tomatoes- 3 medium

coriander leaves- 1 cup

salt- to taste

red chilly powder- 1/4 tsp.

garam masala- a pinch


bell pepper, onions, chives, corn, shredded mozzarella cheese- handful of each


1. Dissolve honey in lukewarm water and empty the packet of yeast into it. Let it stand for 10 minutes.

2. Wash and chop mint leaves. Wash coriander leaves.

3. Combine 3 cups of flour, oil and salt in a bowl/stand mixer and add the yeast mixture into it. Knead for 3-4 minutes to form a smooth dough. It should spring back when pressed. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with wet towel and leave in an oven (150-160 °F) with light turned on. It should more than double in size in an hour.

4. While the dough is rising, prepare sauce: Chop tomatoes into two, heat in a little water till you can peel away the skin. Puree with coriander leaves in a blender. Return it to the pan and heat on medium while stirring, to remove most of the water.

5. Prepare toppings- chop bell pepper, onions into desired size. Sprinkle water on freeze-dried chives to revive them.

6. After dough has risen, punch it down, transfer to a floured area of counter top. Add mint leaves and knead with hand till fully incorporated. Divide into 2 portions.

7. Preheat oven to 450 °F.

8. Roll out one ball with a roller into a circle. Transfer to pizza pan and spread sauce, add toppings, cheese.

9. Bake for 15 minutes.

10. After taking out of the oven, lightly brush the edge of the pizza with olive oil.


48 thoughts on : Herb-loaded pizza with homemade sauce (whole wheat)- Fiesta Friday Challenge 1

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  • May 13, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Do you hear me clapping loud?
    Apsara, I can smell the aroma of all the herbs in the pizza base! What a loaded and gorgeous pizza. Loaded with flavors I meant :).
    Awesome Work!

    • May 13, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      thank you, Sonal. that’s a lovely comment. Looking forward to seeing your creation for the challenge. hugs 🙂

      • May 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm

        I still haven’t thought about it seriously. May be a masala bread…what do you think?

        • May 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm

          that would be a great idea! Or how about a twist on the black bean burger you made? I thought that was very original idea.

          • May 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

            I can actually do the masala bread or may be spicy Aloo filling in the similar buns..thanks for the idea Apsara :).

  • May 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I am totally waiting to try this! I am also not great with yeast! So will try this out and let you know.

  • May 13, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    sure, Harini. I’m waiting… 🙂

  • Vidya
    May 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Apsara! Awesome pizza, post and pics:)
    Must try all of them 😀

    • May 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      hi Vidya, thank you! I have checked your blog too, but I wish there was a way that WP and Blogger blogs could connect!

    • May 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      thanks, Indu. 🙂

  • May 13, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Yeast seems to work well for you! That is one well risen base.. am sure your kids couldnt get enough of it. 🙂

  • May 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    thanks, Namrata. I’ve only now figured out the right temperature for optimal rise!

  • May 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Looks like you did a great job on this challenge Apsara!!

    • May 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

      thanks, Lori. 🙂

  • May 14, 2014 at 1:12 am

    The herb pizza looks delicious, Apsara! 🙂

    • May 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

      thanks, Ahila. 🙂

  • May 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Ah, you beat me to it!!! I was going to do a herby pizza base too!!!! Back to the drawing board…

    • May 14, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Great minds think alike 🙂 You could still do different herb combinations, I suppose!

  • May 14, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Your pizza looks so delicious Apsara 🙂 and the flavors fantastic!

  • May 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Thanks Apsara for showing the recipe, its awesome and looks very colorful.
    I was looking some lunch ideas for my lil one who does not touch his lunch. I am planning to make like a small pancake size ones for lunch. Is there anyway we can prep the whole thing previous nite and bake it in the morning. Have anyone tried it. I appreciate any thoughts on this.

    • May 14, 2014 at 9:23 am

      thanks, Ramya, for your comment! The dough can be prepared in a big batch, made into disks and stored in the fridge or freezer. The next morning, you could thaw one disk, spread sauce and toppings, bake in 10 minutes. It’s very flexible! I suggest storing the disks of dough between parchment paper inside a ziplock bag, for freezing. I have stored it in the fridge for upto 2 days.

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    That looks absolutely delish! Homemade sauce is definitely much nicer than the packet sauces when it comes to pizza, and yours sounds fantastic. Yum! 😀

    • May 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      thank you, Nell. It does add lots of flavor! 🙂

  • May 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Pizza Indian Style – I love it! Interesting that Gold Medal left an aftertaste but atta doesn’t. I must remember that…Good choice for the challenge Apsara!

    • May 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      thank you, Selma.

  • May 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Love your crust Aspara and the sauce is not the typical “red sauce” I am use to – I bet it is good though 🙂

    • May 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      thank you, Judi. 🙂

  • May 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Nice Indian twist to this lovely pizza. I adore the crust and that sauce is absolutely wonderful. Adding herbs to the crust is a neat idea, Apsara!

    • May 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

      thank you, Sridevi. I wasn’t sure about the herb in the pizza crust, that’s why I added it after it had doubled in size. But it did rise even after that!

  • May 17, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Gorgeous, Aspara! I love that you incorporated the herbs right into the crust! This pizza is calling my name. Nothing like a challenge to get our creative spirits going, huh?

    • May 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

      absolutely! I may not have tried this if not for the challenge. 🙂

      • May 17, 2014 at 11:52 pm

        Well, I’m in the same boat as you! I’m happy to push myself a bit (or a lot) and the challenge may make me do this!

  • May 17, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Amazing! I love all the herbs right their in the crust, what a great idea! It looks so yummy, I want a piece (or 5!).

    • May 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

      thank you, Michelle. You’re so sweet!

  • May 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    There is nothing better than a homemade pizza lovingly prepared by a mom, nothing! Especially one that’s also super-healthy like yours. Whole wheat, homemade sauce, mmm… You did great and then some, Apsara! I’m so glad you joined the challenge; you’ve given us all inspiration on how to keep our family healthy by making a healthy meal like this pizza.

    • May 18, 2014 at 10:18 am

      thank you so much for the kind words, Angie. You’ve inspired people like me (inexperienced with yeast) to take up challenges. All the credit goes to you!

  • May 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I made your very tasty pizza recipe & my hubby Peter & I both loved it so much! It was a real success! x

    • May 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Aww, I’m so delighted! Thank you for the review, you’re the sweetest friend I have. xx

      • May 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

        yes, yes, that is true,…hahahahha! 🙂 x

  • May 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I agree with you that the brand of flour is important- I prefer King Arthur 🙂 Your pizza looks tasty!

    • May 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

      thanks, Josette. I will try King Arthur flour too, thanks for the tip!

  • May 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    This looks fantastic, Apsara. I think you nailed the yeast and herb challenge with your delicious pizza. I love that you used whole wheat flour too (I also use King Arthur’s whole wheat flour), as it makes for such a healthy and delicious crust! Great pizza!

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