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Shrikant Prajapat with his son Harsh Prajapat selling pizzas at Ram Maruti Road, Thane (West)

A number of fresh small pizza bases, homemade chilli tomato sauce, butter, cheese and chopped vegetables in separate containers, a huge griddle and a portable stove is all that is needed to run a pizza stall.

Mumbai is dotted with wayside stalls any time of the day or night. Some open up late in the night and close during wee morning hours as the stall owner gets ready to don a new persona as a 9 to 5 worker. These 'on the go' vendors may not cater to the swish set of society but they have their own band of loyal followers. That is how 'Indo-Chinese' food came into existence. What is admirable is the way street food adapts itself to include 'world cuisine' in its already overflowing menu and present it in a very simple manner. The USP of Mumbai Street Food is very simple. The food must have the latest in food, from all over the world but should be adapted to the taste of the rustic as well as the educated class. Besides it should be dished out hot and colourful in a matter of minutes. I like that there are specialized chefs even amongst this class. You won't catch the pizza wallah selling sandwiches or vice-versa.

The pizza-wallah (the pizza-vendor) at Ram Maruti Road in Thane(West) combines all of the above to make the best petite pizzas I have ever had. He is clean and hygienic, quick at his job, and dishes out tasty and relatively healthy pizzas in a matter of minutes and my daughter is especially a huge fan of these divinities. On Sunday it just happened that we were hungry for something light and filling after a shopping spree, I had my camera with me, and there was enough light in the evening to take some really good pictures. All the favourable factors led to this post on the 'real thing'.

Follow the pictures for the recipe. This pizza is healthy as it has loads of healthy vegetables and is colourful enough to appeal to the pickiest child. I made this some years back when I had some children over for my daughter's birthday and it was mega hit! The spice factor is almost zero. You could substitute the sauce with a hotter variety if you would like some heat. The good thing about this filling snack is that you can prepare quite a bit before hand and just do the roasting bit when your young guests arrive.


Recipe: Petite pizzas or mini pizzas
Prep Time: 20 to 30minutes to shred the vegetables
Cooking Time: 15 to 20minutes
Makes: 6 nos.
Shelf Life: Serve immediately
Recipe Inspiration: Shrikant Prajapat - stall owner in Thane, Maharashtra.
Recipe Level: Basic/Beginner
Spice Level: Low
Recipe/Post by: Sunshinemom



Ingredients:

2 cups tender shredded cabbage (or finely chopped)
2 tbsps. finely chopped capsicum
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 green chilli chopped fine
2tbsp. ready made or home made hot tomato sauce or tabasco sauce
Cheddar or mozzarella cheese - 4-5 cubes (Even without these the taste is great)
1/2cup melted butter or olive oil

Special Utensils:
Heavy griddle/tawa



Procedure:

Sprinkle very little salt into the vegetables and mix up lightly before you start. Keep the vegetables in separate bowls.


STEP 1 - Line up small pizza bases topped with a thin layer of tomato chilli sauce/tobasco sauce followed by generous amounts of finely chopped cabbage, some capsicum and a tbsp. of shredded carrots on a plate or the sides of a heated and greased griddle if you have a large one like the vendor.

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STEP - 2 - Pour a tsp. of melted butter in the center of the hot griddle and place one pizza over it to cook.

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STEP - 3 - Let it cook in the butter (or olive oil if you please) on medium flame for about a minute till the base turns crisp and brown.

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STEP - 4 - Turn over and press well letting the vegetables cook in the butter

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See how Shrikant does it! He wants the juices to ooze and the top layer of vegetables to turn crisp.

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STEP - 5 - Flip and scoop the pizza onto a plate. Scoop the remaining vegetables too.

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STEP - 6 - Now quarter the pizza

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STEP - 7 - Grate a whole cube of cheese over it and serve immediately topped with sauce - I have it one step earlier before he grates the cheese and it tastes great just the same!

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Serve really hot and watch them disappear!

This makes a great short break or long break idea for packed lunch box to school. It also serves as a quick lunch or dinner and a filling breakfast if you have a long day ahead.


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9 comments

  1. indosungod // 22 September 2009 at 17:38  

    Oh these are delight. Had them while in India and they suited our taste buds just great. I have one request, can you talk a bit more about the pizza base. Unlike the rubbery kind we are used to here these Indian pizza bases are soft and easy in the mouth.

  2. Pari // 22 September 2009 at 17:56  

    Lovely concept. I never saw them when I lived in Mumbai have to try this when I visit next, but before that surely want to try this version at home.

  3. Meera // 22 September 2009 at 19:25  

    Delicious!! Thanks for taking me to the streets of Mumbai.

  4. egglesscooking // 22 September 2009 at 21:44  

    I was able to witness a lot of stalls like this in Mumbai during my 2 days visit. I have never tried cabbage in pizzas. Will try it the next time.

  5. Purva Desai // 22 September 2009 at 23:32  

    I guess on this long weekend.....I should drive down to Thane.....to try this pizza......it looks irresistible.....thank you for this lovely informative post

  6. Khaugiri // 23 September 2009 at 08:53  

    Oh dear I missing such road side stalls here...... Can't help, have to try this Pizza at home only :) In Next visit I'll definitely visit to Ram Maruti Road :)

  7. Sum // 23 September 2009 at 17:01  

    Wow! Such a simple yet delicious thing.....

  8. Son // 23 September 2009 at 20:12  

    Calorie conscious people can just steam it instead of frying in butter

  9. Vani // 28 September 2009 at 02:20  

    I love the flavors & texture of the pizzas in India. I really miss that here! Like the step-by-step pictures too.