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Calling all Pizza Lovers :-)


How often have you craved for your favourite junk food and grudgingly curbed that persistent voice calling out from inside of you merely because it doesn’t fit into your diet plan? How often have you wondered why we cannot create something that not only agrees with our health goals but is also pleasing to our palate? Is sacrificing our food choices necessary?

If you are like me, I’m guessing these questions have hounded you more than you’ll be willing to accept. You’ll be my hero if you can pass by a Pav Bhaji stall and the aroma doesn’t beckon you to grab a bite or the sight of just-out-of-the-kadhai jalebis doesn’t tempt you. I’m allowed my indulgences sometimes. Are you?

While I like how everyone is high on working out, eating right and generally keeping their fitness levels up nowadays, I do wonder if complete depravation of so-called unhealthy foods can last a lifetime. As someone who has tried all kinds of diets till date, I can confess that we can eat right and yet keep our taste buds happy.

I love pizzas and although I like cheese, a thick layer of cheese on my pizza puts me off. I’m also annoyingly choosy when it comes to the thickness of the crust or the choice of toppings. This is why I prefer making pizza base at home. This also gives me a chance to toy around with different grains that don’t feature in our daily food.

Read on to know my recipe for Nachni pizza, a great diet-friendly variation and replacement for the refined flour pizza base. This is good for you as well as your kids and can be made into a full meal.

Colourful Nachni Pizza



For base:

Nachni flour – 1 cup

Wheat flour – Half cup

Paneer (crushed) – Half cup

Onions (finely chopped) – Half cup

Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – Half cup

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Green chillies (finely chopped) – 3-4 no

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

For toppings:

Onions (roughly chopped) – 1 no

Tomato (roughly chopped) – 1 no

Red/green bell peppers (roughly chopped) – 1 or 2 no

(You can add any other vegetables of your choice)

Arrabbiata sauce – 1 tablespoon

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon

Cheese – 2-3 cubes (as required)

Butter – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Oregano, mixed herbs and chilly flakes for seasoning


1. Take a bowl and add all the base ingredients to it.

2. Knead it into tight dough adding as little water as possible. Use the moisture in onions and paneer instead.

3. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

4. Divide the dough in equal-sized parts big enough to roll into a thick chapatti. Handle the dough carefully.

5. Make chapattis and bake them halfway on a heated pan.

6. On the other side, heat another pan and add oil to it.

7. Sauté the onions, tomatoes and bell peppers on a low flame. We have to retain their crunch.*

8. Add Arrabbiata sauce, salt and black pepper. Mix well.

9. Take the nachni base, grease it with butter and spread the toppings and grated cheese over it. Bake in an oven, microwave or a pan till the cheese melts.**

10. Serve hot.

11. Season it with oregano, mixed herbs and chilly flakes as per your choice.

* You cannot spread sauce on this base. Better to cook the toppings and season them beforehand.

** This crust won’t get too crispy. Baking till it turns brown and the cheese melts is enough.

I loved the colours of this dish so much that I didn’t want to disturb them and eat it at all. 😛 What do you think? Does it look appealing enough to you to try out yourself?

Alexa Rank on Sep 11, 2017

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  1. Make your tastebuds and stomach happy…maybe that can keep you fit..????

    1. That’s the hope, Akhi. ????

      1. ????

  2. The pizza looks delicious.
    And I have a doubt, if we are heating on the pan, how can the top get the heat to melt the cheese or fry a little what is on the top?

    1. You cover the pan while baking. The cheese melts perfectly. ????
      Genuine question. I like. ????

      1. Oh okay. I assumed that the steam would come back on the top and make it sort of wet, no?

        1. In an open pan the steam escapes. 😀

          1. Okay. So, this just means that I have never been to a kitchen. 😛

          2. Haha…it does. Never too late to start, that is if you ever want to. 😉

          3. I do want to actually.
            In my mind I think I can be a great cook, but then laziness overtakes me and I am like “I will rather order something”. 😛

          4. Ah, the classic mind and body equilibrium imbalance! True, order-in menus were crafted specifically for such situations. 😛

          5. Only that I am the one making use of it everyday. ????????

          6. Oh! ????????

          7. Hehe. ????????

  3. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  4. I completely agree with you that temptation to have good food cannot be fought for a lifetime. This idea of a less gluten pizza is really cool. I am definitely going to try this out

    1. Ofcourse. Everything must be enjoyed. Wish I could make it gluten free, yet this is good enough, yes?

  5. I love my pizza. Don’t have them too often though. Your recipe seems quite nice. Must try it out.

    1. I don’t have pizza often too. Like them homemade. Do try it out. It is simple, healthy and guilt-free. ????

  6. I always feel that what you cook at home is always better than the commercial food available outside. Making pizza is not difficult. Will try with your methodology this time. Thanks for the recipe

    1. Pizza is the easiest, trust me. Atleast the kind we get in India. Do try it out.

      1. Done! 🙂

  7. Sounds delicious, and since you say “pan”, it seems like we can try this at home. 🙂 Thank you for the recipe, Varsh.

    1. Pan I added specifically because hunger pangs shouldn’t rely on electricity. 😉 This is easy. Do try.

  8. Didn’t know that we can make a nachni pizza. A must try out recipe for me.

    1. It is basically a paratha made into a pizza. 😀 Good enough to make kids eat it happily. 🙂

  9. I don’t really like healthy food because Idon’t want to outlive my healthy friends 😉 but I will try out your dish because it seems sinful enough….

    1. Haha. Add extra cheese to it and you don’t have to worry about outliving anyone. 😉

      1. Thanks will do 😉

  10. I am a pizza fan and generally bring the base from out. I liked this recipe healthy and tasty. Thanks Varsha

    1. Try this out. We do get wheat flour bases but this is a healthier option for a change.

      1. Ya..surely

  11. Now this, almost healthy, pizza looks like something I must give a go! Wish you had shared more pictures, Varsha. Loved the innovation, Excellent post!

    1. I hadn’t made it with the intention of sharing the recipe, to be honest. Didn’t know how it would turn out. More pics next time. Glad you liked it Mayuri, since you make and share the best food pics!

  12. It looks delicious. I love pizza and this post just thought me how to make one.

    1. I’m glad you learned it here. Do try it out and tell me. 🙂

      1. Yeah… Sure.

  13. priyanka vermani says:

    i love pizza. ll try this for sure!

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