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Individual Indian Tikka Masala Pizzas with Whole Wheat Crust (Vegan)

Instead of the typical side of basmati rice, try your tikka masala pizza style tonight! You'll thank me later.

Ingredients

For Crusts:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Tikka Masala:

  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 head cauliflower florets chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup plain cashew or coconut yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus some for garnish
  • 1 cup cashew cheese optional

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl and let sit for about 5 minutes until it starts to bubble. Add salt, oil and flour and mix until dough forms. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
  2. Grease a large bowl with oil and put dough inside then cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm place to rice until doubled in size.
  3. Suate garlic, ginger, onion, and cauliflower with oil over medium high heat in a large skillet until onions are browned. Reduce heat and add spices, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  4. Whisk lemon juice, yogurt, and flour until smooth and stir into pan. Continue stirring until sauce has thickened. Add cilantro and cook for 1 - 2 minutes longer then remove from heat.
  5. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. When pizza dough has doubled in size, divide into 4 or 6 pieces. Dust pans or pizza stone with cornmeal and spread dough balls on top. Spoon tikka masala onto each piece and, if adding, sprinkle on the cashew cheese. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until edges of crust are golden and center is done.

  6. Allow pizzas to cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Serve hot topped with fresh cilantro.