Don’t have much time to roll out a pizza dough? Well, most ready made crusts contain onion, garlic, or even egg, making it seem tough for the busy Jain to make homemade pizza. Scratch that—ever tried naan pizza?
All you need is:
-Naan Loaves (make sure they are eggless! I used Kontos Tandoori Naan) or Pocket-less Pita breads
-Jain Pizza/Pasta Sauce:
- Heat 1-2 tsp olive oil in a saucepan for 1 minute, and add 2-3 tbsp of oregano or italian seasoning, and let roast for about 30 seconds. Lower the heat and carefully pour in a can of tomato sauce (make sure the sauce does not contain onion or garlic powder!)
- Add in a pinch of salt and some fresh ground black pepper and stir the sauce. If you like the sauce a bit spicier, add some pimiento or red chili powder as well. Stir well on low-med heat for about 3-4 min. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let it simmer on low heat for a few more minutes before removing from heat.
-Customize your pizza with Jain toppings of choice such as:
- Artichoke Hearts
- Bell Peppers
- Black Olives
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Black Olives
- Jain Pesto Sauce (homemade by skipping the garlic and adding oregano or italian seasoning instead to the recipe–will post an example soon!)
- Pine Nuts
- Roasted Peppers
- Roma Tomatoes
- Serrano Chilies
- Sweet Corn
- Pili Pili Oil
-Shredded Vegetarian cheese (I use Tillamook Sharp Cheddar!) –you can also try using a vegan shredded cheese if you like!
To make the pizza, simply prep the pizza sauce and preheat the oven or toaster oven to 325 degrees F on bake. Place the naan loaves on a pizza tray or baking sheet and put in center rack of oven to warm them. You can also brush the loaves with some olive oil if you like. After about 5 minutes or once the loaves look slightly golden brown, remove the loaves. Spread the Jain pizza sauce on the loaves, toss on your favorite toppings from the list above, and sprinkle on the cheese as you please. I like to top off my pizza with crushed oregano and cilantro.
Switch the oven to the broil setting, and put the prepped pizzas back in the oven. Broil until the toppings look cooked and the cheese is bubbly/melted (about 7 minutes).
Remove from oven, slice, and enjoy!