Tandoori pizza, a delightful fusion of traditional Indian flavors and the universally beloved Italian classic takes a thrilling spin when cooked in the scorching heat of a tandoor oven. This innovative culinary marriage sees a crispy, thin crust laden with aromatic tandoori chicken, vibrant vegetables, and gooey cheese, all infused with the smoky essence imparted by the authentic tandoor cooking method. The result? A tantalizing medley of spices, textures, and fragrances that redefine the pizza experience, offering a symphony of flavors with every bite. Embark on a culinary journey where the essence of two cuisines harmonize in a single tantalizing dish—the Tandoori Pizza from the fiery embrace of the tandoor oven.
Ingredients for Tandoori Pizza
- Pizza dough
- Tandoori chicken (pre-marinated)
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Red onions (sliced)
- Bell peppers (sliced)
- Olive oil
- Fresh coriander/cilantro (for garnish)
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Prepare the Tandoori Chicken
- Marinate chicken pieces in a tandoori marinade consisting of yogurt, tandoori spice mix, ginger-garlic paste, and lemon juice for at least an hour or as per the recipe instructions.
- Cook the marinated chicken in the tandoori oven until it’s fully cooked and has a charred, smoky flavor.
- Once done, slice or shred the chicken.
Preheat the Tandoor Oven
Prepare the Pizza Dough
- Roll out the pizza dough into a circular shape, ensuring it’s thin and evenly spread.
Assemble the Pizza
- Place the rolled-out dough onto a pizza peel or a lightly floured surface.
- Spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border for the crust.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
- Add the tandoori chicken pieces, sliced red onions, and bell peppers on top of the cheese.
Bake in the Tandoor Oven
- Brush the edges of the pizza crust with olive oil for a golden-brown finish.
- Carefully slide the assembled pizza onto the preheated tandoor oven using the pizza peel or an oven-safe tray designed for tandoor cooking.
- Cook the pizza in the tandoor oven for 5-7 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, and the cheese is bubbly and melted.
Garnish and Serve
Remember, cooking times may vary depending on the heat of your portable tandoor oven, so keep an eye on the pizza while it’s cooking to ensure it doesn’t burn. Enjoy your delicious tandoori pizza straight from the tandoor oven!