Thinking of mustard…

by Sunita on September 25, 2007

It seemed just like yesterday that I had announced the the theme for ‘Think Spice..’ The last few days, I’ve been constantly reminding fellow bloggers through my side bar, to hurry up and send me their entries. The days came and went, I counted down the days and here it is…the last day for the entries…and guess what, I panic….for I had not even posted mine! That’s what happens to procrastinators!!

Without more ado, here’s the recipe of the day…its a basic herby pizza crust topped with a mustardy- tomato sauce and a generous helping of cheese. Plain cheesy and tomato pizza is one of my kids’ favourites and they have been craving it for a while now… Usually,when I make the sauce , I make sure to sneak in a few veggies and it works just fine. This time, to keep serve the purpose of the theme, I added some roasted and crushed mustard seeds to the sauce and it worked wonders. Biting into the cheese and reaching the sauce, of which too, I added a generous amount, the flavour was really nice. Personally,I would have loved to add more crushed mustard to make it more pungent… but I was not too sure that the kids would have taken to to it, hence did not take the chance.

Every time I handle yeast, I have this sense of apprehension… but the crust did not disappoint and had a very mild, taste left by the herbs (oregano). All in all, it was a nice and simple pizza dinner. Apart from the resting period for the dough, it does not take too much time to prepare this pizza. So here’s my entry for…
What’s needed-
For the crust-

3 C of plain flour+ 1 C of wholemeal flour (or 4 C each of plain or wholemeal flour)
1 and 1/2 tsp dried yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1 and 1/2 tblsp salt
4 tblsp olive oil
1 glass warm water

For the sauce-(apart from the onions, garlic and tomatoes, add the rest of the vegetables at your own discretion)

3 handfuls of mustard seeds
7-8 tomatoes, sliced
1 carrot, cut into sticks
1 onion, sliced
3-4 pods of garlic, sliced
1/2 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 tblsp oregano
1 tblsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

for the topping-

200gms of mozzarella cheese, crumbled

How to- The crust…

  1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 3-4 tbsp of the water and let it stand for 10 minutes in a preferably warm place. It should triple in volume.
  2. Add the salt to the flour and mix well.
  3. Rub in the oil.
  4. Add the yeast and the rest of the water and knead till a smooth dough is formed.
  5. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let it sit for an hour.

The sauce…
1.Heat a pan and add the mustard seeds. When they just start to pop, transfer them to a mortar or grinder and roughly grind them. Keep aside.

2. Heat the oil in a pan.
3. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and green pepper and stir for a minute.
4. Add the tomatoes, oregano, season with salt and pepper, stir well and cook covered over low heat till the tomatoes are mushy and it’s not too watery.
5. Pass the tomato mixture through a blender and cool aside.

Assembling the pizza-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg cel.
  2. Press the dough and knead it for a few seconds.
  3. Divide the dough into three parts and roll each one of them to discs of 8 inches.
  4. Prick all over lightly with a fork.
  5. Spread spoonfuls of the sauce over the base ( I added quite generous helpings), leaving a little space all round the edges.
  6. Top with another generous helping of the crumbled cheese and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven till the cheese melts and is nicely browned (approximately 15-20 minutes)
  7. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Needless to say, there were two very happy kids that evening !

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha September 25, 2007 at 1:37 pm

Host got brain freeze and I don’t blame ya! I can’t even look at the words today, exhausted already!;D
Looks delicious and unique too.Can’t wait for the round up, been interesting to see all the mustardy goodies!:))


2 sunita September 25, 2007 at 1:49 pm

asha, brain freeze indeed!I know what you mean…glad you dropped by :)


3 TBC September 25, 2007 at 2:28 pm

The pizza looks so good! And the sauce sounds delicious…looks very professional:-)


4 sunita September 25, 2007 at 2:51 pm

tbc, thanks…actually they are quite easy to make and the kids love it.


5 Happy cook September 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I woudn’t mind to have a big slice from it.
It looks so cheesy and with mustard that i have never had in a pizza.


6 Sig September 25, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Oh that looks delicious… very interesting sauce Sunita… Sorry, didn’t get time to think this month :( , I will be definitely in next month… can’t wait for the mustardy round up…


7 Susan September 25, 2007 at 3:25 pm

How golden, melty and marvelous! I’m a new reader to your blog, Sunita, but with dozens of spices clamoring in my cupboards, I’ll be sure to participate in some of your events.


8 sunita September 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm

happy cook, this is the first time that I’ve added mustard in the sauce and was not disappointed in the least…btw, you’re welcome to a big slice…virtually of course ;)


9 sunita September 25, 2007 at 3:35 pm

sig, thanks…keep those grey cells working for next month ;)


10 sunita September 25, 2007 at 3:37 pm

susan, thanks…I’ll be looking forward to your participation in future :)


11 Deborah September 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Ohhh, this looks delicious!! I guess I’m just a big kid at heart, because I could eat this often and be happy!


12 sunita September 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm

deborah, join the club…for I too could do exactly the same :)


13 Siri September 25, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Wow Sunitha, What a creative way of usind Mustard – One couldn’t even think of a Mustard spice in a pizza..:DD… and it looks so yum yum.. One slice please…hehhe


14 Roopa(KitchenAromas) September 25, 2007 at 5:45 pm

What a different kinda sauce! Very creative!


15 Margot at Coffee & Vanilla September 25, 2007 at 5:56 pm

It looks so delicious! I have some mustard seeds in the cupboard, I think I will try this recipe!!
Thank you for sharing!


16 sunita September 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Siri, thanks…you’re most welcome to grab a slice.


17 Suganya September 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Sunita, Your kids are soooo lucky to have a mom, who is not only a daring baker but an amazing cook. If ever I come to UK, I would like to meet you :)


18 sunita September 25, 2007 at 6:28 pm

roopa, thanks…glad you like it :)


19 sunita September 25, 2007 at 6:30 pm

margot, thanks…do give it a try…hope you’ll like it :)


20 sunita September 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm

suganya,thanks…you’re being too generous with your comments…but yes, wouldn’t it be lovely if we could meet each other some time…fingers crossed…who knows :)


21 Rajitha September 25, 2007 at 6:34 pm

sunita…looks awesome!!


22 sunita September 25, 2007 at 7:59 pm

rajitha, thanks…glad you dropped by.


23 Hima September 25, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Pizza is looking awesome. I love pizzas and love to try variations with it.

Hey btw, I sent my entry can you check and respond please.


24 Sharmi September 25, 2007 at 9:37 pm

waw you are a genius! the pizza looks out of the world.


25 musical September 25, 2007 at 10:05 pm

Innovation at its best! You always come up with these great ideas! I just finished lunch, but the pizza tempts me still :-D .


26 Richa September 25, 2007 at 10:18 pm

that is such a unique way of making the sauce!
pizza looks very good!


27 culinaryprincess September 26, 2007 at 1:00 am

Your pizza looks good sunita!Homemade pizzas are the best.When i looked at your pizza pictures, it reminded me of the ones my mom use to make when i was growing up!i bet your kids loved it :)


28 sunita September 26, 2007 at 8:29 am

hima, thanks…as for your entry, I’ve just opened my laptop, will definitely do it at the earliest.


29 sunita September 26, 2007 at 8:30 am

sharmi, thanks…we, especially the kids like it too.


30 sunita September 26, 2007 at 8:31 am

musical, thanks dear…I just follow my instincts, that’s all.


31 sunita September 26, 2007 at 8:32 am

richa, thanks…it’s a nice way to sneak in those veggies at the same time:)


32 sunita September 26, 2007 at 8:33 am

culinaryprincess, thanks…I too love home made pizzas…they have so much potential.


33 Padma September 26, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Pizza looks good and I feel bad that i could not pitch in on time…may be with next spice. Hey Sunita I was having some problem with my feed fetcher,missed all ur incredible posts…will come back again!


34 sunita September 26, 2007 at 1:21 pm

padma, no’re welcome here any time:)


35 Sirisha Kilambi September 26, 2007 at 4:25 pm

wow….Pizza looks yummm Sunita :-)


36 sunita September 26, 2007 at 5:24 pm

sirisha, thanks…nice to have you over.


37 mallurecipes September 26, 2007 at 6:16 pm

first time here :)
girl u have a great blog here…
oops !!!i am too late for the event!!
but will be back for the finale


38 jeena September 26, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Hi there you have a great blog,lovely recipes. Feel free to visit my blog too :)

Jeena xx

click here for food recipes


39 Cynthia September 26, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Excellent pics, honey and great idea – the mustardy tomato sauce.

I hope hoping to make the event with my post this coming Saturday but it is obvious that I’ll miss the deadline. Next time perhaps.


40 Mishmash ! September 26, 2007 at 11:25 pm

I have never tried this type of sauce on pizza….usually resort to the easiest method, storebought ones….this is where you say , cooking right from the scratch :)



41 sunita September 27, 2007 at 8:35 am

mallurecipes,welcome to my world…sorry you missed the event…well, you can always join in the following months.


42 sunita September 27, 2007 at 8:38 am

cynthia, thanks…
…Oh, I’m so sorry you missed the deadline…well, next time, I hope you won’t be late…I’d hate to leave you out.


43 sunita September 27, 2007 at 8:40 am

shn, I’m a little out of date when it comes to using store bought sauces …haven’t been able to along very well with them :D


44 Vcuisine September 27, 2007 at 10:06 am

It is something unique and tempting piza Sunita. Lovely recipe. Could not send anything this time. Sure will participate next time. RCI Tamil festival is on and check out my blog for details. Send you entries. Viji


45 sunita September 27, 2007 at 10:53 am

viji, thanks…and no worries…participate whenever you can…your entries are always welcome anytime.


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