Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Pizzas have seeped into our regular food so much so it has almost become a staple. Move over Pizza Hut and Dominos, every small and big restaurant including roadside stalls and college canteens serve it, even if its just a tomato ketchup with grated processed Amul or other cheese version. I know my aunty's very traditional  Gujju kitchen also has it once every couple of weeks because they enjoy it.

I believe that what makes or breaks a pizza is the sauce that is used to flavour it. The toppings or the cheese do not have much of a flavour of their own and the sauce adds layers of taste to the pizza. Here is a recipe of my homemade pizza sauce.


A fully loaded vegetarian pizza with the homemade pizza sauce




Homemade Pizza Sauce (for 4 8 inch pizzas)

Ingredients

2 tbsps olive oil
2 medium onions finely chopped
2 bay leaves
3-4 whole peppercorns
4 medium sized tomatoes pureed
 1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tsps dried oregano or mixed dried herbs (thyme, basil, oregano, parsley and rosemary)
Salt to taste

Method

In a deep pan heat the oil and add the bay leaves and the peppercorns when the oil is heated. Add the chopped onions and saute till pink. Then add the pureed tomatoes and cook. Stir in the ketchup, the herbs and the salt to taste. 

To make a pizza, toast the base as desired, spread a layer of the sauce, the cheese and the desired toppings (three kinds of peppers, American corn, olive slices etc). Cover and cook till the cheese melts and serve hot!


Cheese and olives pizza with the homemade pizza sauce