Paneer Tikka Pizza Recipe

Paneer tikka pizza is most popularly available in Indian fast food restaurants. There are several variations like chicken tikka pizza, mushroom tikka pizza but I love this paneer pizza! This recipe makes four 8 inch pizzas or you can make two 12 inch pizzas. 
Yield : 4, 8 inch pizzas 
Oven temperature : 425℉/220℃
Bake time : 15 - 16 minutes
For Pizza dough
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2¼ tsp instant/active dry yeast(1 packet)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder(optional)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil + more for coating
For Paneer marination
  • 120g paneer cubes(small)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • ½ tsp garam masala/tandoori masala
  • ½ tsp red chili powder/cayenne powder
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp kasuri methi(optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
Other Ingredients
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese
  • Red chili flakes(optional)
Pizza dough
✽ Take warm water in a bowl/jar (do not use cold or hot water). Add sugar and yeast to warm water, mix and let it rest for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
✽ In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt and garlic powder. Give it a mix. Add the activated yeast mixture to the flour. Combine together with a wooden spoon to form a shaggy dough. Transfer the dough on a lightly floured surface. Add olive oil, knead it for complete 5 minutes or until a smooth dough is formed. If using a stand mixer, mix the dough for 4 minutes on medium speed using a hook attachment.
✽ Place the dough in a greased bowl, coat the dough with oil as well. Cover and let it rest for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
Paneer marination
✽ In a bowl add yogurt, lemon juice, ginger and garlic paste, garam masala/tandoori masala, red chili powder, coriander powder, kasuri methi and salt. Mix it well and add paneer cubes, diced bell pepper and diced onion. Mix gently and keep it aside.
✽ Preheat the oven to 425℉/220℃.
✽ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle some cornmeal or semolina on to the parchment paper or pizza pan.
✽ Punch the proofed pizza dough, cut the dough into 4 equal portions using a knife or pizza cutter. Do not knead the dough now, just roll them slightly. 
✽ Take one dough portion on a slightly floured surface and stretch into a 8 inch circle using fingers or rolling pin.
✽ Transfer the dough circle on to the parchment paper or pizza pan. 
✽ Add 2 tbsp of pizza sauce and spread it.
✽ Add shredded mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese. Top it with marinated paneer cubes, bell peppers and onions. Add more cheese if you want. Sprinkle with red chili flakes(optional).
✽ Bake in preheated oven at 425℉/220℃ for 15 - 16 minutes.
✽ Slice and serve!
✽ Repeat the process with the remaining dough and ingredients. 
Refrigerate or freeze the dough for later use. Bring to room temperature before using.
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