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Thursday, January 19, 2012

India ka Rs. 8 Wala Pizza

I cannot tell you how I had felt almost 15 years ago, when I first tasted a pizza in India. Yes, 15 years ago... (I feel old :( :( ) I had a pizza with my cousins in Law Garden of Ahmedabad. It tasted like a hard naan, with ketchup, veggies, and cheese. Then a year later, I came to US and tasted the regular cheese pizza, soft crust, pizza sauce, and "melted" cheese. At that time, I liked Indian Pizza better than US Pizza.

Then I stayed here in US for 14 years and started to develop a taste American Pizza and started liking this over Indian Pizza, but my recent trip to India changed it all over again. I know I sound like I am all over the place... but I have this thing with Pizza, I only like certain types, certain combos, etc...

So, what's up with Rs 8 in my post title. Well this time when I went to India, I kept tell my hubby's sister (didi) that I want to eat "Rs. 8 wala Pizza" and she kept telling me that there is no such pizza. I told her that I had it in Law Garden 15 years ago, so she took me there but all pizzas over there now had melted cheese and they all had started using a mini oven to make pizzas. I kept describing it to her that the cheese should not be melted and crust has to be kinda hard. We went to almost five different vendors at different places with no success in finding my Rs. 8 wala Pizza.

So, then one day, we went shopping and we were shopping for over 5 hours and we both started to feel hungry. She took me to a small cart in the shopping area which served sandwiches, chaat, and lots of other stuff. The cart menu (on the cart itself) said that they served Pizza as well. I was going to come back to US in less than a week. So I told her I will get a Pizza, she insisted that I get something else otherwise I will be disheartened again. I said no I will have a Pizza. And GUESS what, it was my Rs. 8 wala Pizza. When the guy came with the plate, I jumped with so much excitement that he thought I have lost it and kept staring at me instead of serving me :)...

I told Didi that this is what I have been looking for. She gave me the strangest expression and goes, "THIS pizza". I go, "Yeah". She goes, "Oh this we get it at all these carts, not at a regular food place, you should have told me earlier; and you kept saying Rs. 8, Rs. 8, this Pizza is now Rs. 40". My Oh My.. time did change Big TIME!!!!

So here is to old memories and new ones that I will be making with this dear Pizza of mine...

  1. 7 inch Pizza Crust (available at any super market)
  2. One tblsp Ketchup
  3. Two tblsp Salsa
  4. Three tblsp - chopped onions, coriander, green bell peppers
  5. Shredded Pizza Cheese (your choice & amount)
  6. Chat Masala - One tsp

  1. Spread ketchup and salsa over pizza crust.
  2. Add onions, coriander, and greed bell peppers.
  3. Heat mini oven and bake for 5-7 minutes on 350 F.
  4. Take out Pizza and sprinkle shredded cheese as much as you like.
  5. Sprinkle chaat masala over it.
  6. Serve hot.
This was loved by all at home and I am sure you will love it too. Whenever I eat this, I get a feeling for India or Nostalgic Feeling :)


17 Zayekedar Views!!!:

We too tried pizza in India it's so diff to ones in Uk, especially as some places cheese is not melted in India. Glad you got to eat your desi pizza.

That was lovely title..never seen this way..yummy n delicious bake!!

Erivum Puliyum

mmm.... simply delicious... irresistible

I will probably for this kinda Pizza in India now.......Beautiful Post..

Glad to know that you could manage to have your Rs. 8 wala pizza ( inflation amount extra) . You also replicated a delicious looking pizza as well.. Great pics.

Hamaree Rasoi

Totally YUMMY..I love it..Delicious.


wow lovely post.......super pizza recipe......title is fabulous

I still love to prepare this pizza and eat it when I go back to India... :)

Quick answer to that evening hungers....looks delectable....hey take time to mail me...

First time on your blog! Loving your recipes! Pizza looks fabulous. I'm not able to follow you in FB or blog :( Don't know what happened..Will definitely keep on trying. Thank you so much for stopping at my space!

Looks great.....quick snack for the kids.

We used to get this sort of pizza in amul centre in my previous office. .and I can understand you wanting to eat that pizza again :) first time here... visit me when you have time :)

I too had the same experience with pizza, but once I tasted the regular pizza in UK, I didn't want to go back to the hard and chewy crust, but talking about memories, I would love that hard crust.

Looking at the title I was wondering where will you ever get Pizza for Rs8? LoL Though I haven't had this variation of Pizza but would love to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by my space I'm glad to have found yours!!! :)

Hey Az . how are you? (not sure if i should be saying your name here.) This is Neha G.. I stumble upon your blog and found this post. Btw awesome blog. Congratulation grl !!! Can't wait to make this Pizza. It seems so good. Quick question what kind of salsa did you use. which brand? I want to make it exactly the way you made it. I miss Indian Pizza too =( .. If i knew, you like cooking in college days i would have taken classes from you. lol..

Talk to you soon AZ.

Lots of luv,

Hey Neha!! Glad you liked my blog. Thanks so much for such nice words. Salsa was the regular tostitos brand which is readily available at any super markets here. Do try it and let me know how you like it. I surely miss Indian Pizza as well....

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