Guest Blogger: Vegan Richa – Samosa and Onion Bhajji Pizza with Wheat Chickpea Crust

6 Dec

Our newest guest blogger is Richa, author of Vegan Richa. Richa loves to bake, experiment, develop recipes and veganize everything that comes her way. She loves spicy but wholesome Indian food, multi-grain home baked breads and living as kindly as possible. You can find her breads, bakes, Indian, Vegan and quite a few gluten free recipes at her blog. She can be found talking recipes on the blog’s Facebook Page, pinning away interesting food and photography things on Pinterest, and capturing everyday food and a cute sleepy dog on Instagram. Please welcome Richa!

This is one fun Samosa Onion Bhajji Pizza. It is almost the Indian snack platter on a pizza crust ;) You have the Samosa(potato) filling, and the Onion Fritters, I also threw in some Jalapeno Fritters since we all know my love for things spicy. 

The Crust has wheat, chickpea flour, semolina, carom seeds,(what you would find in a regular Samosa crust), is slightly overbaked to get a crunchy texture to resemble a crunchy fried samosa pastry. The Pizza once baked is topped with fresh Cilantro chutney(what you get on the side with the Samosas and Pakoras). Can this get any better!


And yes, I did sneak in some greens. totally optional. Chopped Spinach from our dying urban garden, under the potato mixture. All in all, this Pizza was very very well received by hubbs. It is easier than a Samosa or a Pakora too. No deep frying involved, and no rolling out small portions of the dough and making individual samosas!
The potato filling can be added to sandwiches, or served as a side. The Onion fritters get cooked up nicely at the high bake temperature, so no pre-baking or frying needed. Fresh Cilantro chutney drizzle completes this deliciousness.

I mean seriously, if you like Samosas, you have to make this Pizza! You can use any of the other Wheat crusts or  Swap out the crust with a glutenfree ones like this Oat one or the Teff crust or Millet chickpea one to make the Pizza gf. 



If you dont now what I am blabbing about since then, check out the real Samosa here. Samosas are deep fried pastry with savory filling, usually potato, served with chutneys(cilantro/mint, date tamarind etc)
Bhajji or Pakoras are veggies dipped in spicy batter(usually chickpea), fried and served with chutneys.

Steps:

Roll out the crust dough after first rise, using some bread flour. 
Place on parchment lined sheet. Spray water on top.

Layer some chopped spinach, then spread the potato mixture on top.

Take Onion slices, dip them in the chickpea batter and place on top on the potato mixture.

Add more veggie fritters or jalapeno fritters as well in one layer.

Bake the Pizza in preheated 410 degrees F for 15-16 minutes.
Broil on Hi for half a minute.
Let the pizza sit for another half a minute in the oven, then remove.
Drizzle cilantro chutney on top.
Slice and Serve.



mmmmmm

Vegan Richa: Samosa Pizza

Samosa, Onion Bhajji/Pakora Pizza with Wheat Semolina Chickpea crust
Dairy, egg, corn, soy, nut free
Makes 1 12-13 inch Pizza

Ingredients:
Crust:
1/2 cup warm water
1.5 teaspoons active yeast
2 teaspoons raw sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup semolina (cream of wheat)
1/4 cup bread flour
2 Tablespoons chickpea flour (or wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon carom seeds (or cumin seeds)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil (evoo)

Toppings:
1 Recipe Samosa filling (Samosa potato mixture is Glutenfree) -2 large potatoes or 3 medium potatoes will make enough for a 12 inch pizza. or make a larger batch for a fatter topping.
White or Red Onion sliced into rings
Jalapeno slices
Chickpea batter for fritters(recipe below)
Cilantro chutney(recipe below)

Chickpea Batter for Pakora fritters:
Blend into a thick paste the following-
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1 Tablespoon semolina (Omit to make glutenfree)
3 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons organic canola oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
pinch of garlic powder
generous pinch of cumin powder
generous pinch of chili powder or to taste

Easy cilantro Chutney:
Gluten, sugar free
Blend the following and keep ready
1/2 cup packed cilantro
1/4 cup chopped apple
1-2 Tablespoons water
salt, chili powder, cumin powder to taste( a pinch each)

Method:
Crust:
In a bowl, add warm water, sugar and yeast and mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Add the flours, semolina, salt and oil and knead for 2 minutes into a well mixed dough.
Spray top with water, cover bowl with a towel and let sit for 1.5 -2 hours.
Oil hands, use 1-2 Tablespoons of bread flour and gather the dough.
Knead for 2 minutes and form a ball.
Roll the ball out using some flour into a thin-ish 12-14 inch crust. 
Place on parchment lined sheet. Spray water on top.

Layer some chopped spinach, then spread the potato mixture on top.
Take Onion slices, dip them in the chickpea batter to just about coat, and place on top on the potato mixture.
Dip jalapeno slices in the batter and place on the Pizza. 
Add more veggie fritters if you like, in one layer.
Bake the Pizza in preheated 410 degrees F for 15-16 minutes.
Broil on Hi for half a minute.
Let the pizza sit for another half a minute in the oven, then remove.
Drizzle cilantro chutney on top.
Top with vegan cheese shreds before baking or immediately after(optional).
Slice and Serve.

2 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Vegan Richa – Samosa and Onion Bhajji Pizza with Wheat Chickpea Crust”

  1. An Unrefined Vegan December 6, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Mouthwatering, Richa!

  2. Tor Ince December 6, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    I love this and the gobi aloo pizza you posted on your personal blog – I would never have thought to put either on a pizza, but they both look delicious, especially with the flavoured crusts. So clever. :)

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