A few months ago, we went out for Indian food after a long day of home improvement and home improvement shopping for the next day’s improvements. Read: we had spent all day working on the yard and then a significant amount of time at Home Depot because trips to home improvement stores always take at least three times as much time as you think they will.
So, exhausted, unmotivated, and really hungry, Indian food sounded like a great choice for something fast and delicious. And then we stumbled upon a place that had…wait for it…Indian pizza.
Now, I’ve heard of Indian pizza in San Francisco and have in fact sampled such culinary delights. Overall, it was pretty good, but my major complaint was intensity of Indian spices (or rather, lack thereof) and the lack of curry sauciness. It could definitely be improved.
This local Indian pizza, unfortunately, suffered the same fate. So, with two strikes on Indian pizza, I set out to create my own. It took a little while for me to get the vegetable korma curry recipe just right. But once I did, I moved onto developing this Indian pizza recipe.
I’ve tried this pizza few ways, including using the korma curry gravy as the pizza sauce, then topping with vegetables and cheese. However, I found the best way to get the perfect sauciness on your Indian pizza is to simply use leftover curry (make a double batch to be sure you have leftovers). Just slather it on dough and top it with cheese. Plus, it’s the simplest, best repurposed leftover dinner.
If you’ve never made homemade pizza, this is a great recipe to start with. (In fact, I have been known to make the korma curry just to make Indian pizza.) There are many different approaches to homemade pizza. In fact, The Food Lab has an awesome science nerd explanation for why you should bake your pizza on the top rack. Using a pizza stone and a pizza peel changed my pizza making abilities for the better. Check the notes below for more about those two gadgets! If anything, I’d do two pizza peels: one for a pizza ready to go in the oven, and another for taking the pizza out!
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Indian Pizza with Korma Curry
A saucy Indian pizza made from leftover korma curry and topped with cheese! Rich, flavorful curry tops a crisp and doughy crust.
leftover korma curry, divided (see note)
pizza dough recipe, halved (about 20 ounces of ready made dough)
loosely packed grated mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
Chopped cilantro, for topping
Crushed red pepper, for topping
Heat oven to 450°F with pizza stone on the top rack.
Roll out one half of the pizza dough on a large floured surface.
When oven has come to temperature, lay pizza dough on top of pizza stone. Spoon 2 cups of leftover korma curry on top of dough. Spread korma curry evenly on dough and top with 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese.
Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until crust is crisp and golden.
Remove from oven and transfer to a wooden cutting board. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes before slicing.
Repeat steps 2 through 5 with second half of the pizza dough. Serve with cilantro and crushed red pepper.
Recipe for Korma Curry
If you’re making your own pizza dough, I recommend adding 1 teaspoon ground cumin and 1 teaspoon garlic powder! Add these spices when combining the flour with the water to let the dough develop the best flavor. If you’re using pre-made dough, be sure that the dough comes to room temperature before rolling it out for pizza. It’s also really helpful to have an awesome pizza stone! Not only is it great for getting a nice crust on your pizza, if you have a wonky oven, it can help distribute the heat more evenly. Having a good pizza peel is really helpful too! I use both of these every time I make pizza.
The korma curry is vegan so simply leave off the cheese on this Indian pizza or swap the mozzarella for your favorite mild flavored vegan cheese.
Give a gluten-free crust a try! Use your favorite premade gluten free pizza dough or make your own with this mix from Bob’s Red Mill.
If your korma curry had chicken or lamb, you may not need to add any additional animal protein. If you have vegan or vegetarian korma curry leftover, you could add leftover shredded chicken to your Indian pizza.
CHECK THE FRIDGE
If there are extra vegetables hiding in your fridge, add them on top! Just be sure to chop them into small pieces so they roast on top of the pizza. Extra cauliflower, broccoli, peas, or bell peppers are all great options! Leafy greens can be added after spooning on the curry.
Instead of store bought dough, you can make your own dough with this pizza dough recipe from King Arthur Flour. Or try my favorite sourdough pizza crust! It makes just what you need for this Indian pizza.
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