Project Food Blog: Indian Pizza*

I can’t believe it! I made it to the next round of Project Food Blog! I was walking around downtown Savannah when I found out…and I am pretty sure I embarrassed my family with my happy dance! I was really worried about making it into this round, because 4 other people also made ravioli! But, thanks to you and the awesome judges…I did! This round is titled Recipe Remix and we were all assigned with Pizza. I had given it some thought during the week…and knew that since I was on vacation I needed to do something that I could start and complete on Sunday. My Mom suggested doing pizza on the grill, which is delicious…but I was worried about not being original enough. And then I actually dreamed about doing an Indian Pizza and after some research…here we are!

I found a great recipe from Aarti Sequeira (from before she won Next Food Network Star) and knew it would be a winner. So Saturday night when I got home from vacation, I wrote down all the ingredients I would need to pick up at the store on Sunday. This morning I woke up and headed off to the grocery store. I found everything I needed except for Paneer, which is Indian cheese. I know you can make it, but I was very limited on time…and most recipes for Paneer take up to 6 hours. So I started calling around…

Target: no idea what it was.

Publix: no idea what it was.

The Fresh Market: Nope.

Amy’s Natural Food: Nope, but they do have it in an already prepared frozen meal.

Whole Foods: No, but they can order it for me…and it will be in next week.

And right about now I started sweating. What am I going to do? I have less then 5 hours to make my homemade naan, make the pizza, photograph the pizza, and  then blog the pizza…and I can’t find the stupid cheese! Do I scratch the idea and make some uninspired pizza? Make my old stand by, Pesto Chicken Pizza? Do I cut up tofu and make it look like Paneer and then not actually eat the pizza? By now I was really starting to get myself worked up, a little more sweaty, and I was only loosing time. I was seriously considering opening one of the cold beers I just bought. I mean…does the open container law really apply when you are sitting in your car at the grocery store? I’m not actually driving. And this parking lot is owned by the grocery store…so I am not on a real road. Honestly, who would blame me for having  five one beer during this stressful time. Maybe I could hide it and make it look like I was drinking something else. I wonder if someone would report me if they saw me. And then if they did report me, would I be arrested? I wouldn’t do well in jail and  I would also never get this pizza made.  Aww crap. I realized I was just wasting MORE time thinking about beer.

So I started googleing…


Paneer Tampa

Where to buy Paneer

And then I see it. My saving grace, Indian Food Market. I could have kicked myself! I go all the time to the Asian Market and the Spanish Market. Why did I not even consider the Indian Market! So I google my zipcode and Indian Market and find one only 30 minutes away! So I raced drove to the Indian Market, picked up a big hunk of Paneer, and headed home to make my pizza!

This pizza was divine. Seriously! The combination of the homemade naan, the pizza sauce with mango, and the topping of the Paneer….was perfect! So many layers of flavor that all complimented each other so nicely! After taking his first bite, Jorge let out a loud “MMMMMMMMMMMM” followed by a “This chicken is awesome!”.  Little did he know, that it is actually a vegetarian pizza…and there is no chicken on it! He thought the Paneer was chicken! Crazy boy…


Indian Pizza


1 cup Paneer cheese, diced
6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
1 tsp tandoori paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger, minced
1/2 lime, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup mango chutney (Major Grey's brand is great)
4 homemade naans
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
handful cilantro, chopped


Combine yogurt, tandoori paste, garlic, ginger, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Mix well. Toss with Panner cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in fridge for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine pizza sauce and mango chutney and spread generously on top of naan. Top naan with mozzarella.

Remove Paneer mixture from fridge, and saute on medium-high heat until most liquid is gone. Sprinkle Paneer on top of pizzas.

Cook pizzas in oven for 8-10 minutes, or until mozzarella has melted (the Paneer will not melt).

Sprinkle pizzas with cilantro and serve immediately.

Adapted from: Aarti Sequeira




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50 Responses to “Project Food Blog: Indian Pizza”

  1. 1

    amanda @ fake ginger — October 17, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    Mmm! That looks so yummy! I want a piece! 😀

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest — October 17, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Um YUM! This looks amazing! Congrats on making it to the next round, your entries have been wonderful :)

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    sippitysup — October 17, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    Well worth the shopping effort you put into this, cuz sometimes the process is what helps us get there. GREG

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    Christine — October 17, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

    That looks so good – and I actually have 4 naan in my freezer – so maybe I’ll try this. I have an Indian grocery store really close to me (I think its because I live near the University) – and I go there all the time to buy 50 cent cilantro (the grocery store charges me $2) and I bet they have paneer.
    Good luck with this round – you’ve got my vote :)

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — October 17, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    Fantastic job, Jess!! So original! Best of luck!!

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    Jessica — October 17, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

    How interesting! So glad you made it to the next round. :)

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    Sakura — October 17, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    Looks so yummy. Way to go on making the next round.

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    X-Tina — October 17, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

    You should have texted me! There is an Indian Market on Water next to Bombay Masala. Glad you found it!!! Looks yummy!!!! Good Luck amiguita!

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    Lori — October 17, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    Oh my deliciousness. That looks amazing.

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    Mariko — October 17, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    I really love paneer. I don’t even know where I can buy it here. I should research that some more because I feel like I have to GO to the restaurant if I want it. Chutney is a good idea with this, too!

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    emma — October 17, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    looks delicious! i am going to have to make this naan sometime. yum!

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    notyet100 — October 18, 2010 @ 12:49 am

    pizza looks so yum…good luck for the next challenge

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    sadaf — October 18, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    Really a great twist. I was thinking same that there is chicken on top. silly me. best of luck you’ve got my vote just let voting start.

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    Kerri — October 18, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    mmm… looks incredible jess! good luck!!! :)

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    Paula — October 18, 2010 @ 8:30 am

    Pizza looks delicious. Congratulations on making it thus far in the competition. Good luck with this and subsequent rounds!

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    Samarie — October 18, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    You know… One of these days people at work are going to have me committed for laughing at your posts. I do think I want to try this recipe, but we will have to make it g-free of course. Looks amazing!

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    dawn hutchins — October 18, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    It looks like all your hard work paid off. This is amazing! In fact I just got some garlic naan to make a grilled pizza myself!

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — October 18, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    Delicious! I love Indian food and I love pizza!

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    Krystal R. — October 18, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    OMG…I’m on Indian food kick right now, and this looks great. Last weekend, I went to an Indian wedding and they had the paneer curry for the vegetarians, and it was heavenly with the freshly made garlic naan. nomnomom!!

    Congrats on making it to the next round, and yes you got my vote! 😉

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — October 18, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    I love this pizza! Amazing flavor combinations and it looks SO good! Great entry! :)

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    Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — October 18, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    Looks delicious Jessica! You have my vote, as always!

  22. 22

    Lisa~Korean American Mommy — October 18, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    Indian pizza, I want some now. Love it and such awesome flavors. Voted (=

  23. 23

    Anna — October 18, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

    Giiiirl, you did it again, amazing pizza…looks delicious. Good luck in round 5.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 18, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    I’m not a big Indian lover, but this doesn’t look intimidating at all! In fact, I think I would love to give a try. My husband, I know, would go nuts for it. Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

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    Jenna — October 18, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    Wow, I love Indian food, and this recipe sounds fabulous.
    Congrats on making it to the next level of PFB!

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    sippitysup — October 18, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    I see you found the paneer. All in all a fun adventure with terrific results. GREG

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    Sharlene — October 18, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    Congratulations on making it to the next round! I’m glad that after all that stressing everything worked out wonderfully anyway. Sounds exactly like me! This looks divine. I’ll have to try it out!

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    Karen Lopez — October 18, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    Sounds wonderful. I love paneer. I remember that when I’m in the States it’s harder to find. Here in Toronto it’s in most grocery stores.

    You could also grill that paneer on the BBQ. It’s great that way, too.

    Fabulous recipe.

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    A Little Yumminess — October 18, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    This looks so good – just voted for you

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    joudie's Mood Food — October 19, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    WHat a wonderful idea. How clever. I think this is such a good way to use all these ingrediants and change it up a bit. Great job!

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    Joan Nova — October 19, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    Loved your story on the search for paneer. Very funny. Good luck.

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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — October 19, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    LOve Aarti Sequira and love this recipe! You have a great space here I’m so glad foodgawker took me here. Looking fwd to many more visits :-)

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    Foododelmundo — October 19, 2010 @ 11:04 am

    I LOVE Paneer and am so glad you were able to find it at the 11th hour, because this Indian-cuisine-on-a-pizza is a fabulous idea! You’ve got my vote. -Katy

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    Adelina — October 20, 2010 @ 12:23 am

    I recently made Aarti’s pizza and still have up my post. I was pretty lucky with finding paneer though… I do like that you’re using fresh naan. I have to come back and get the recipe when I am ready for my next batch. I do agree that they are the best thing.

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    I Need Your Vote! » The Novice Chef Blog — October 20, 2010 @ 12:42 am

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    Peggy — October 20, 2010 @ 4:51 am

    So glad that you managed to find the paneer! Google is always my friend when it comes to searching for places to find odd ingredients! This pizza sounds absolutely fantastic and you’ve definitely got my vote for this one!

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    Jackie — October 20, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    You know, when I saw this post I thought ‘mhm, I like paneer’ and then I thought ‘hm, but I don’t like pizza’ and you know, this round has been SO hard for me because I don’t like pizza! And I’m a total nutter for saying so, because it makes it really hard for me to say ‘oh yum’ because all I think is ‘oo-er, not sure about that’ in a terribly British fashion.

    HOWEVER (yes, there is a however to this), I DO love paneer. And I think the mango chutney inspired sauce is genius. And I think the colours are beautiful. And I think you are so fabulously creative and wonderful. And you are one of the pizzas I would happily try. There aren’t a whole lot of you out there, but you I number amongst my chosen few… 😉

    Well done on getting this far, lovely, and good luck on getting through into the next challenge! I’m backing you 😀

    Jax x

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — October 20, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    Don’t see any novice here. Voted. Awesome job.

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    Reeni — October 20, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Your pizza is amazing! I’m still laughing over the ‘chicken’ paneer! I trick my Dad into thinking tofu is chicken all time. Best of luck!

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    Eliana — October 20, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

    I am at a loss for words here! This could not look and sounds more amazing and I know it will certainly get you into the next round.

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    Heather — October 21, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

    Paneer on a pizza = fantastic.

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    Ruth — October 23, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Hey, just want you to know that you shouldn’t bother with Target at all, not only do they know nothing about paneer but they actively donate money to anti-gay candidates.

    Gay rights are an important ongoing battle, and supporting a company that is against civil rights for all is not a good thing to do for anyone.

    Sorry to sound preachy, but I figured if I’m going to make this food I should ask you to not accidentally support a corporation that tramples my rights as a human being.

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    healthy pizza — January 19, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    That is a very unique type of pizza

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    order Keflex online — March 3, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    I found your site from altavista and it is eye-popping. Thank you for sharing such an incredible article…

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    kore — April 7, 2011 @ 1:17 am

    really thanks i needed this

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    mobile kitchen — April 11, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    Holy cow! It took me literally all night to find stuff. Man, I’m so glad I found your site.

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    site ekle — June 8, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    looks delicious! i am going to have to make this naan sometime. yum!

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    grey away — July 21, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    Thank you and good writing in it for me

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    zaris — September 3, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    thanks for info

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    Lavonn — January 10, 2012 @ 1:42 am

    An answer from an expert! Thanks for cnortuibting.

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