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Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza

Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza | Quick and Easy Desi Flavored Paneer Naan Pizza

imageWho doesn’t love pizza? Especially, if its home-made and made with a complete Indian desi twist. That’s exactly what I’m bringing to you here, pizza this simple and delicious is impossible not to try out. Store bought ready made naan, your choice of fresh vegetables, super quick and easy pizza sauce, fresh shredded mozzarella cheese and the grand show stopper is small cubes of paneer marinated in a special sauce for about 30 minutes  and topped onto our special naan pizza.

imageThey’re a lot of different recipes out there related to Tandoori pizza naan, but I think this one is a bit different. I’m one that loves the Tandoori flavor, but just not on my pizza. I had recently tried tandoori pizza from one of our local pizza parlor, a small Indian owned pizza store in the area I live. Actually, I’m amazed that I had never ordered from them until now cause their actually really good. We’ve tried many different kinds of pizza, from the authentic Italian pizza at a high-end Italian restaurant right to the hard-core desi Indian style pizza at our local pizzeria. Nothing bets a nice home-made pizza ! 🙂

I want to share a little story before I get into this delicious pizza recipe. My love for pizza is actually related to my birth, I know your going to think what does pizza and birth have to do with each other. 🙂  Sorry mom for sharing this. 🙂   My mom told me that in her last month during her pregnancy with me she was going thought some strange cravings, but one of the cravings that she was having had to do with pizza. Well, for beginners her last craving before I was born was for a huge veggie pizza with lots of cheese  and to top off things there was a snow storm going on. I’m a winter baby and in Canada we get lots of heavy snowfalls and storms so just try to imagine the scene. My poor father …..but I love him too much for this. 🙂 He went out and got that special veggie pizza for her, obviously my mom enjoyed every bit of it, but right after all that BOOM! I’m sure you can guess what happen….yes she went into labor and I had arrived. Her last meal became one of my all time favorite meal PIZZA! 🙂

imagePizza is one food that is enjoyed by many whether you’re a young child or a grown up adult. It’s made in many different variations, flavors, styles, topping and sizes. Different cultures have adapted their own style and taste. Pizza can be made for vegans, vegetarians, meat lovers, lactose intolerance or gluten-free.  They can be made on whole wheat, white or gluten-free dough, store-bought naan, flat bread, bread, pastry sheets. The ideas on making pizza are phenomenal, I think that there is no right or wrong way of making pizza.

Marinated Paneer Sauce that I’ve created here is super simple and tasty, it doesn’t have the tandoori flavor, but it does have a nice spicy tangy flavor. Simple ingredients like plain yogurt, kesuri methi, red Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric powder (haldi), salt, besan (gram flour),garlic, ginger, freshly chopped coriander (cilantro) and little bit of orange food coloring to give it a nice bright color. All mixed together into the small cubes of paneer and marinated for about 30 minutes.

imageThis is a partial cheat recipe, I’ve used store-bought naan and also store-bought pizza sauce which I’ve flavored up with my own seasoning. This was my quick and easy version of making pizza.

Dinner was all about pizza and I wanted my family to enjoy many different variations and flavors, so that was when I had decided to make pizza on naan bread. I had made Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza, Mediterranean Naan Pizza, Alfredo Naan Pizza, Alfredo Cheesy Naan Pizza and a basic Veggie Naan Pizza. Besides from marinating the paneer cubes, the total time to prepare and serve the naan pizza was approximately one hour. When served nice and hot right from the oven to dinner table is ultimately unbelievable.


Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza

Super simple and delicious homemade Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza


    Basic Pizza
  • 2 - Naan of your choice
  • 1 cup - Mozzarella Cheese; shredded
  • 1/2 - Red Bell Pepper; thinly sliced
  • 1/2 - Green Bell Pepper; thinly sliced
  • 4-5 - Mushrooms; thinly sliced
  • Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) - finely chopped
    Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 can Primo Traditional Pizza Sauce
  • 1 tbsp.- Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves; finely chopped
  • 1 tsp.- Italian Seasoning Mix
  • 10-12 - Fresh Basil leaves; washed and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp.- Red Chill Powder
  • Salt to taste
    Paneer Marination Sauce
  • 1/2 cup- Paneer; small sized cubed
  • 2 tbsp.- Plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp.- Red Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp.- Haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1/2 tsp.- Kesoori Methi; crushed
  • 1/2 tsp.- Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp.- Ginger Paste
  • 2-3 Springs of Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) finely chopped
  • 2 tsp.- Besan (gram flour/chick peas flour)
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of Orange Food coloring (optional)


Into a bowl combine all ingredients for the Paneer Marination Sauce. Give the paneer mixture a good mix to make sure all paneer pieces are coded. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

Into a small pot, warm up Olive Oil on medium heat. Once warm add in finely chopped garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Add in pizza sauce, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, salt to taste and freshly chopped basil leaves and cook for 10 minute on medium-low heat. Once ready keep aside.

Pizza Preparation

Pre-heat oven at 425°F for 15 minutes.

On a round or square pizza dish, place two naans side by side. Spread pizza sauce all over naan, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on both naans, and then evenly top with bell peppers, mushroom and red onion and the remaining cheese evenly between the two naan pizzas.

Give Marinated Paneer a good mix again. Take single pieces of paneer and evenly spread over each pizza. Take sauce of marination and spread a few drops all over pizza (optional), then evenly distribute fresh chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) all over pizza

Place into oven for 15 minutes, until cheese is nice and melted and the paneer is slightly golden.

Once ready remove from oven and let Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza cool down for 2-3 minutes and cut as desired.

Serve immediately!


Use any topping of your choice

For extra crisper paneer cubes, leave pizza in oven for extra 5 minutes. Make sure to keep watching so the naan doesn't get burnt.

Onion and Garlic is optional can be omitted.

Orange food coloring is optional, but it does give a very nice look to the pizza.





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Grilled Scrambled Tofu Veggie Sandwich

Grilled Scrambled Tofu Veggie Sandwich with Provolone Cheese




Are you a big fan of grilled cheese? Well, I am and I just love any kind of grilled cheese sandwich, especially when the cheese is completely melted. Making sandwiches are my all time favorite, their easy to make, very tasty, very quick to make and completely filling.  This hearty scrambled colorful golden tofu sandwich packed in rye bread with slices of provolone cheese grilled is too good to eat only for breakfast. It’s also makes a great incredible weeknight meal.





I’m a total vegetarian and so is my family, but there was a time when we did consume eggs at home for things like omelette, scrambled eggs and baking. We grew up thinking that we were not getting all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals as required by just consuming vegetables and lentils so we had to combine our meals with eggs to balance out things. Well ! that theory was absolutely wrong! It’s been now many years since we all gave up eggs, but to be honest I don’t miss it at all.

The versatility of tofu is absolutely amazing, it’s one of the most miraculous adaptable plant-based products. Tofu has the power to take on what ever flavor you choose to give it. I’ve started to consume tofu in many of my dishes, as a vegetarian I find this to be an absolutely great go-to source of protein.  Many people have their own opinions on soy-based products and controversy surrounding soy-based products. For me tofu is a great new experience and love the versatility and the health factors related to TOFU.




This sandwich is super delicious !  it’s a bit spicy, a bit tangy, a bit gooey, but completely mouth-watering. The best part of this special scrambled tofu veggie sandwich is that it can be made the night before and prepared and grilled or toasted in the morning for the perfect breakfast or prepare it and take it for lunch. It’s completely revolutionary …let you imagination go wild, to me sandwiches are fun, creative and so versatile. No set ingredients or recipe to follow, there’s no right method to make it …. you can grill it, toast it, fry it or bake it.

I have posted other great sandwich recipes before like Paneer Bhurji Sandwich which has been recognized and published in the Helping the Homemaker Article as 100 Healthy Breakfast ideas. Another great breakfast/lunch or even snack,picnic idea is the Cucumber Cheese Chutney Sandwich or the Egg-less Spinach Tomato Omelette Sandwich. Another great thing about these sandwiches is that I like to use Chutney as a spread which gives it that extra kick and taste mind-blowing. Some of the chutneys that I use on my sandwiches are Green Coriander Chutney, Mint Coriander Chutney and Mumbai Style Green Chutney.

Cheese is just another great addition to any sandwich. Cheeses come in many different varieties, flavors and textures. My all time favorite is Provolone Cheese which we buy right from the Italian Deli. This cheese has the sweet mild flavor, when melted it’s got just the perfect smoothness and creaminess.


Grilled Scrambled Tofu Veggie Sandwich

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 3

Grilled Scrambled Tofu Veggie Sandwich

Delicious mouth-watering Grilled Scrambled Tofu Veggie Sandwich


  • 1 1/2 cup - crumbled firm/extra firm Tofu
  • 1 medium - Green Bell Pepper -finely chopped
  • 1 medium - Red Bell Pepper -finely chopped
  • 1 medium - Red Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 cup - Mushroom - finely sliced
  • 2-3 - Garlic Cloves - finely minced
  • 2 springs - Green Spring Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp - Jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp - Turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp - Red Chili Powder
  • Red Chili Flakes - optional adjust to your liking
  • 1 tsp.- Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. - Fresh Coriander - finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp - Oil
  • 6 slices - Provolone Cheese (Any cheese of your choice)
  • 6 slices - Bread ( I used Rye Bread)
  • Spread - Fresh Green Coriander Chutney
  • Butter/Margarine - Pan frying or Grilling Sandwich (optional)


Heat oil in a kadai or wok, once hot add in jeera saute for 30 seconds;add in onion and garlic and cook till slightly golden brown.

Add in all of the bell peppers, mushroom, green onion; cook for about 5 minutes. Now add in all of the spices; red chili powder, turmeric powder, red chili flakes,salt to taste,Italian seasoning and tofu and give it a good mix. Let it cook for another 5 minutes. stir frequently. **do a taste test and adjust spices**

Add in fresh coriander leaves and toss all together well and keep aside. Let mixture cool down for at least 5 minutes.

Take a bread slice spread your favorite chutney or butter/margarine; place two slices of cheese side by side; and spoon some filling onto the cheese and spread to cover cheese, spread butter/margarine on other slice of bread and cover sandwich. Grill it or toast it on a sandwich toaster or pan fry it on a tawa (fry pan).

Serve it hot !