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YOGALife - Spring 1998
Table of Contents Om
 ·  Memories of Swami Vishnu-devananda
 ·  Truth
 ·  Peace Mala
 ·  Vastu Shastra
 ·  Yoga Behind Bars
 ·  Sattvic Servings

Sattvic Servings

PIZZA

Pizzas are healthy, nutritious, tasty and very easy for anyone to make, as demonstrated recently during a hands-on Kids' Pizza workshop. Here are two different recipes for you to try .......

Pizza Recipe 1

PIZZA BASE

Ingredients
350gm strong white bread flour
4gm easybake dried yeast (the kind that can be added to dry ingredients without first mixing with water - check the instructions on the packet)
1tblsp olive oil
1 heaped teaspoon demerara sugar
1/2 level tsp sea salt
about 200ml warm water (not hot)

Method
Put all ingredients except water into a mixing bowl and mix well. Gradually add water whilst mixing by hand, until the dough forms a slightly sticky ball. The exact amount of water needed will depend on the flour used. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead well for about ten minutes. (Add a little more flour if necessary).
Alternatively, use a food processor until a slightly sticky dough is formed, then turn out and knead for about one minute.
Put into a lightly oiled mixing bowl, cover with a cloth or kitchen paper, and leave to rise until doubled in size. The time taken depends on the temperature - about an hour in a warm kitchen, longer if the temperature is lower.
While the dough is rising, make the sauce.

TOMATO SAUCE FOR PIZZA

Ingredients
2 tblsp olive oil
about 350gm red, yellow and/or green sweet peppers
500gm fresh tomatoes (or 400gm tinned tomatoes)
handful fresh basil (or heaped teasp dried)
handful fresh oregano (or heaped teasp dried)
2 tblsp tomato puree
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
pinch cayenne

Method
Fry the peppers in the olive oil until slightly soft. Add the tomatoes and herbs and fry on a medium heat for 10 minutes (with pan covered if using fresh tomatoes). Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes until sauce thickens. Adjust seasoning to taste. Set aside to cool slightly.

PIZZA TOPPING

Ingredients
2 red and/or yellow sweet peppers
12 olives
100gm vegetarian cheese

ASSEMBLING THE PIZZA

Divide the dough into two equal portions. Knead each portion to form a ball, then roll out to fit your baking sheets. (Should make two pizzas about 25cm x 32cm). Place the dough on lightly greased baking sheets. Divide the sauce between the pizzas and spread out evenly. Grate the cheese, and sprinkle over the sauce. Decorate with sliced peppers and olives and a drizzle of olive oil.
Place in a hot oven (250 to 270 degrees) for about 15 minutes, then check. You may wish to exchange pizzas on the top and bottom shelves at this stage. Cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes until the base is slightly brown.

VARIATIONS

1. For a vegan version, use tahini instead of cheese.
2. For wheat-free pizza, use spelt flour for the base.

Pizza Recipe 2

Makes 1 pizza (approx 20 cm round)
Pre - heat oven to 220 degrees, Gas Mark 7.

DOUGH

Ingredients
200gm strong flour
1/2 level tsp salt
15gm margarine
2gm dried yeast
100ml warm water
1 tsp sugar

FILLING

Ingredients
1 stick celery (finely chopped)
1 small green pepper (chopped)
1 tblsp olive oil
200 ml chopped tomatoes
1 -2 tblsp tomato puree
75gm grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1 tsp mixed herbs (oregano / basil)
6 -8 olives chopped in half

Method
Add salt to flour and rub in margarine.
Add yeast, water and sugar together and leave 15 minutes
Combine 1 and 2. Knead the dough 5 - 10 minutes and leave to rise in a warm place 20 - 30 minutes. Knock back and roll out to a large circle. Place on a greased baking tray. Put in a warm place.
Prepare the filling. Saute celery and peppers in olive oil for 5 minutes, until soft. Stir in tomatoes and tomato puree. Cook for 5 minutes. Place on top of pizza base. Top with grated cheese. Sprinkle with herbs and olives. Bake for about 30 minutes.

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