Tandoori Paneer Pizza


Tandoori Paneer Pizza by Indiaphile.info

Steve and I have been on a serious pizza kick lately. In the last three weeks, I’ve made 4 pizzas from scratch, eaten countless frozen Trader Joe’s pizzas, been to Oggi’s twice for pizza and beer, had Round Table at my in-law’s and had Little Caesars for a lazy dinner. Wow! I’m a little shocked at my pizza consumption after seeing it all together in one sentence. This is what happens when I try to avoid cheese for a while!

The reason why I’ve made so many pizzas from scratch is that I am obsessed with Jim Lahey’s no-knead pizza dough. Steve and I got his book, My Bread The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method as a wedding present last year and I’ve been making the breads and pizza’s from it all year.  A couple weeks ago, we had tons of CSA produce that we weren’t really eating. It was starting to rot and I really needed to use it up. So I ended up whipping up a batch of this pizza dough and throwing everything from our CSA box onto it. Steve wasn’t so sure about a pizza with green beans on it. But it turned out fantastic!

That success inspired me to come up with more pizza toppings. My first instinct was tandoori. We were having a friend over for dinner, and since he’s a vegetarian, I decided to create a pizza around tandoori paneer pizza.
Tandoori Paneer Pizza by Indiaphile.info

Bell peppers and onions were the obvious choice and I decided to add a thinly sliced potato for a smooth texture too. I have to say, my mandolin is my new best friend!

Tandoori Paneer Pizza by Indiaphile.info


Pizza Dough

Dough for tandoori paneer pizzaPrep Time: 2 hoursTotal Time: 2 hours

Adapted from My Bread: The Revolutionary No Work, No Knead Method by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste


  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2½ tsp instant yeast
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp sugar
  • 1½ cups water


  1. In a medium sized bowl, toss in all the dry ingredients and mix.
  2. Add water, and mix it in (I use my hands but a wooded spoon works too) until a soft dough forms.
  3. Mix for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Cover the bowl and set aside at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
  5. The dough should be more than double in volume.
  6. When you’re ready to start the pizza: Pull out half the dough and spread onto a well oiled 13×18 inch rimmed baking sheet. (You can either freeze the other half of the dough or make 2 pizzas) I like to tear the dough into 4 pieces and put on all four corners of the sheet. Then I press it out and have them meet in the middle. The dough should make a thin layer covering the entire sheet tray.

Tandoori Paneer Pizza

Tandoori Paneer PizzaFor the Marinade


  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves, powdered (optional)
  • 2 tsp ginger, finely grated or paste
  • 2 tsp garlic, finely grated or paste
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder (or less if you don’t like spicy food)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves
  • 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • ½ cup paneer cheese, cubed


  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the marinade.
  2. To the remaining marinade, add the paneer cubes.
  3. Mix and let marinade for 15 to 30 minutes.



  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce (I used Malaysian Sambal)
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 bell peppers, thinly sliced (a combination of colors looks beautiful but anything works)
  • 1 medium potato, thinly sliced
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice the potatoes, onions, and peppers, I use a mandolin. Keep the potatoes separate from the onions and peppers.
  3. Spread out the dough on a sheet pan or round pizza pan.
  4. Mix the tomato paste, honey and chili sauce. Spread onto the pizza dough in a thin layer.
  5. Slice the potato. In a bowl, mix the slices of potato with 1 tbsp of the paneer marinade and coat evenly. Spread the slices onto the pizza.
  6. Spread the onion and pepper mixture on top of the potatoes.
  7. Pick out the paneer cubes from the marinade, place evenly over the pizza.
  8. Place the pizza in the oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Pull out and sprinkle the mozzarella over the pizza.
  10. Put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Until the edges are golden brown and crisp.
  11. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.

Comments on "Tandoori Paneer Pizza"

  1. March 11, 2013

    wow this looks delicious!

    1. March 11, 2013
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      Thank You! :)

  2. October 21, 2013

    Did you use cold or warm water for dough

    1. October 22, 2013
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      Hi Shal. I use room temperature water.

  3. January 6, 2014
    Barbara @ Barbara Cooks:

    Yummy! I love the flavor combinations you put together. I never would have thought of tandoori paneer but what an amazing choice! Well done, my friend. This is on my list of pizzas to make.

    1. January 6, 2014
      Puja Thomas-Patel:

      Thanks Barbara! :) It's a really yummy pizza.

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