Here’s a dish I came up with sitting on the upper deck of a double-decker bus in Mumbai. Hence the name: Double-Decker Pizza. It’s funny how the mind comes up with ideas when you least expect it to. But that’s how it is, heh? :) Once again, with Pizza, you never have to follow the recipe to the *T*. Play with the spices & include the veggies you love!
Thin Crust Pizza Base – 2 (I used a store-bought wheat base)
Butter – 2 tablespoons (optional)
Tomato Ketchup – 8-10 tablespoons
Garlic Cloves – 3, minced
Green Chili – 2, finely chopped
Mixed vegetables – tomato, onion, bell pepper/capsicum, carrot, corn etc.
Tofu/Cottage Cheese – a small block (optional)
Mint + Basil Leaves – 3-4 tablespoons (optional)
Mozzarella Cheese – as required (use any cheese that melts)
Spices: Oregano, Red Chili Flakes, Pepper Powder, Salt – as required
1) MAKE THE PIZZA SAUCE (either make it like this or follow the simple, instant Pizza topping given below)
In a microwave safe bowl, add the tomato ketchup
Add green chili & minced garlicButter & spices
Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds
Mix well & keep aside
2) PREPARING THE PIZZA
Take a thin crust pizza base & aplly butter (optional) & half of the prepared sauce
Grate Tofu/Cottage cheese (optional)
Arrange the vegetables you are using on the base. (use lesser veggies for the lower base as it is supposed to stick with the upper base)
Add some mint & basil leaves (optional)
Grate as much cheese as you want
Take the other crust & apply 1 teaspoon of sauce to the bottom side.
Place the base on the already prepared base.
Repeat the same process of applying sauce, veggies, mint leaves & grating cheese on the next deck.
3) INTO THE MICROWAVE
Place it on a microwave safe grill
Simply heat it on high for around 2-3minutes
Keep the MW on grill option & grill for another 2 minutes.
Your delicious double-decker Pizza is ready!
> I find it easier to prepare the pizza base directly on the Microwave safe grill. (so that I don’t have to transfer it carefully)
> Use lesser veggies on the lower deck as the upper deck has to completely stick with the lower base
> Cut the veggies & up the cheese – you have your very own Cheese-Burst Pizza. :-)
> You can use any Pizza Base. But I find the thin crust best suited for the purpose. If you use a normal or a thick crust base, it tastes like eating a lot of bread after the initial pizza-vegetables.
> Tofu/Paneer/Mint Leaves are all just optional. I add them because they give me a sense of even-though-pizza-is-fattening-I-am-eating-nutrient-dense-food-too feeling. :-D If you have to indulge, please do so.