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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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Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry with Marinated Tofu

Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry with Marinated Tofu



Are you wondering what to make or do for dad this Sunday on Father’s Day?  Well, look no further here is an absolute super delicious and healthy recipe to put together for that special man in our lives ……our FATHER. Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry with Marinated Tofu just the way it sounds …all time best rice in the world “Basmati Rice and tofu chucks marinated into a special sauce, stir-fried with colorful vegetables. An excellent dish for the whole family to agree on. Celebrate Father’s Day with this marvelous, scrumptious, flavorful dish Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry Marinated Tofu.



Stir-fries are one of the best meals to make …their super fast, makes good use of fresh vegetables, and get their flavoring from the most basic items like soy sauce, garlic, ginger and chili sauce.  This dish is a complete meatless …pure vegetarian dish, egg free version. It’s made with scrumptious marinated tofu, colorful bell peppers, mushroom, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and seasoning.  This recipe can particularly work with any choice of vegetables liking broccoli, string beans, carrots, snap peas and bok choy.

To be honest, I was not a great stir fry fan and wasn’t very fond of tofu. Growing up my family wasn’t into any Asian Food, so I didn’t always have that opportunity to explore the world of Asian Food. I had mentioned before that I hail from a very traditional Gujarati family and grew up with my grandmother, so she had no idea how to even make Asian Food …. let alone “stir fry”. It was always the full authentic traditional Gujarati food ……which I always enjoyed and always will.  “Ba (grandma) miss you !

My first discovery into Asian Food came when I met my husband..back then he was my fiance. We explored many different restaurants, cuisines and foods and that was the first time I had tasted the best tofu in the world. I could not believe that tofu could be this tasty…I was in heaven! Can’t remember the name of the dish, but truly remember that I didn’t even know that I was eating tofu cause it was so well prepared. The texture and flavors were mouth-watering.




Now, I’ve started to master all of the great Asian Cuisines Foods, so I like to use Tofu in all my dishes …will I try to use. I sometimes substitute paneer for tofu and go the healthy way in cooking.  For my kids Asian Food is no secret, I have always introduced them to many different cultural foods. They are very kin and love any kind of stir-fry especially stir-fried rice. Vegetables sometimes becomes a challenge, but I secretly get them to eat it ….. tofu they have no problem.

The credit for this special experience in the world of Asian Food and Asian Cooking, whether it’s Chinese, Indo-Chinese, Hakka-Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Cantonese or any Asian related food feast goes to my dear husband …..he has helped me explore many wonderful cuisines and open up my taste buds to the world of food. Love him for that ! 🙂




For this recipe I had made a very basic five ingredient marination sauce ,but the basic trick is in removing the excess water from the tofu, this will help the tofu stay nice and firm. Completely, drying the tofu helps when grilling or baking the tofu at a high temperature, it creates a nice golden brown, tougher texture somewhat of a “meat-texture” like my husband would say! Marinating the tofu for about an hour in room temperature helped the tofu absorb and soak in all of the delicious sauces,which was far more appetizing in the texture and taste department.

The basic sauce recipe that I’ve used here for the tofu marination is very versatile and be changed up to your liking or use it as is. This method that I’ve used goes extremely well in many of the stir-fry dishes or salads.

I’m hoping to incorporate this same method of tofu marination and sauce in other dishes and see how well versatile the tofu will be. So far what I’ve tasted and feedback from my family has all been completely positive, so I have high hopes.

Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry with Marinated Tofu

Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry with Marinated Tofu

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4-5

Basmati-Rice Stir-Fry with Marinated Tofu

Basmati-Rice with Marinated Tofu made tasty with a simple technique that gives the tofu perfect texture and flavor stir-fried in delicious Basmati-Rice and colorful vegetables. A complete and healthy,delicious weeknight/weekend meal.


    Tofu Marinate Sauce
  • 6-7- Fresh springs green onion (greens & whites)
  • 6-7 - Fresh Green Garlic
  • 2 - Cloves garlic
  • 2 - Fresh green chilies
  • 2 to 3 tbsp.- soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp.- Sesame Oil
  • 14 oz - 1 package extra-firm tofu
    Stir-Fry Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp.- Canola Oil
  • 3 -Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 piece (3 inches) - Ginger,peeled and thinly chopped
  • 2 - Bell peppers (1 red and 1 yellow), inner ribs and sees removed, cut into 1 inch chucks
  • 1 cup - Mushrooms, cut into small chucks
  • 2 1/2 cups - cooked Basmati Rice
  • 3 tbsp. - Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. - Sesame Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Sriracha hot sauce to your liking (optional)
  • 3 - Springs Green onion. cut halved lengthwise and thinly sliced.


Pressing Tofu to remove excess water to make tofu become more denser and firm.

Cut tofu into 1 inch slices, lay flat on a baking sheet or plate lined with a double layer of paper towels. Then place two more clean paper towels on the top of the tofu and cover with either baking sheet or plate. Weight it down with a heavy skillet, pot or canned goods. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Marinated Tofu

Combine all of the ingredients for the "Tofu Marinated Sauce" into a blender jar. Blend til a smooth consistency paste has been formed. Add a little water if need be to combine.

Cut tofu into desire size. Combine tofu pieces and sauce together, make sure all tofu pieces are coated evenly. Cover and keep aside and let marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature.

Stir-Fry Preparations

In a wok or large skillet, heat up canola oil over medium-heat. Once hot add in garlic and ginger; saute,stirring until fragrant. about 30 seconds.

Then add in tofu, and let it cook, stirring in between until tofu is golden brown all over, about 5-8 minutes. Add in the bell peppers,mushrooms; cook, stirring, until the peppers are crisp-tender. About 4-5 minutes.

Add in rice, soy sauce and Sriracha hot sauce (optional) mix well; cook, stirring frequently until rice is completely heated through. Then add in sesame oil, season with salt to taste and pepper;mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.

Garnish with spring onions and serve hot.



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