Thursday, 1 March 2012

Punjab Pizza

Piccole Calzone con Agnello Trittato & 3 Dip Indiani al Yogurt
Mini Calzone with Ground Lamb & 3 Indian Yogurt Dips

Oh, I could have claimed to have made wonderful little "authentic Indian pastries"- but you know... the truth of the matter is- these were made from pizza dough! Samosa's and Pakora's are yummy indeed, but I wanted to try to come up with an oven-baked alternative... and this first very basic attempt was not half bad!

I used a regular store- bought pizza dough from the roll, a little intuition and a good pinch of spice and before I knew it, a new snack-time star was born!

I prepared the filling yesterday evening as it needs to be cold before you start filling the pastry. It was a mix of ground lamb, chopped Spring onion, grated ginger, garlic, sugar, Garam Masala, Tandoori spice and diced tomatoes, with some finely chopped parsley and mint. Fry these together in a dry pan until the meat is done and then cool and chill until you
are ready to make your mini pies.

Cut the dough into rounds and then spoon some of the filling into the center. Fold the two outer edges of the dough together and then squeeze it shut all the way around- then bake in the oven at a high temperature for 10-15 minutes... flipping over once so as to get the dough baked evenly. I used a fork to poke the surface of the little calzone, so as to allow steam to escape during baking and to prevent them puffing up too much. Easy eh?

Next to the dips- and they were equally easy.

The white dip is made of plain yogurt, onion, garlic, parsley and lime juice.

The red one is made of plain yogurt, tandoori spice, garam masala, coriander, chili and orange juice.

And last but not least, the yellow one is made of plain yogurt, turmeric, madrass curry, sugar, lemon and fennel seed.

Each of them was made in the same way- I strained the yoghurt through a kitchen towel for 15-20 minutes, letting it hang und drip until what is left over is firmer and creamier. Blend the other ingredients together in a mixer and add the yogurt... stir well together... ready!

These little pies are delicious hot or cold- and there you have it- quick, fun, easy and affordable yet again! What's not to like!?! Enjoy!

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