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Indian Naan Pizza

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I do not think that it takes a rocket scientist to figure out that I have a serious love for Indian food.  I love seasonings like garam masala, and any dish with the word “curry” in the title has me instantly intrigued.  I absolutely love Indian food for its intense and delicious flavors, but I also love it because it is very vegetarian and vegan friendly.  In fact, I think that it may be one of the most vegetarian/vegan friendly cuisines out there.  It probably comes as no surprise, then, that I am HOOKED on all things Indian.

Do you know what else I am hooked on?  Well, the same thing that just about everyone is hooked on: pizza!  So, is it any wonder that I would think to combine the two?  I was perusing around Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago and found  this:

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And I thought, “now this would make for the perfect Indian-inspired pizza crust!”

And when I combined the naan with delicious Indian-inspired vegetables and this:

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the Indian Naan Pizza was born!

Indian Naan Pizza

Servings: Makes 1 individual pizza

Ingredients

olive oil cooking spray
1/2 small eggplant, diced
1 cup cauliflower, chopped
sea salt
black pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
garam masala
water, for cooking
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 small yellow onion, diced
1/3 cup frozen green peas
1/3 to 1/2 cup store-bought curry sauce
1 whole wheat naan

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.  Place eggplant and cauliflower on the baking sheet.  Spray the vegetables with cooking spray and sprinkle with seasonings.  Roast eggplant and cauliflower for approximately 25 minutes.  Once the vegetables are roasted, lower the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line a medium skillet with a thin layer of water.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium.  Add garlic and onion and cook for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

3. Lower the heat to medium-low.  Stir in frozen peas and roasted vegetables.  Cook for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, or until all of the vegetables are warm.

4. Place the naan on a baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, or until it begins to become slightly golden brown.

5. Remove the naan from the oven and spread it with the curry sauce and top with the cooked vegetables.  Bake the Indian Naan Pizza for approximately 5 minutes, or until the naan becomes golden brown and slightly crispy.

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It looks tasty, right?

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Slice your Indian-inspired pizza into strips or slices and dig in!

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I was loving this pizza!  Using naan as a pizza crust is now my new favorite thing!  And replacing traditional pizza sauce with curry sauce produced amazing results.  This pizza definitely had a spicy kick (as with most Indian food), which I loved.  The flavorful seasonings and crispy texture of the roasted vegetables were delicious additions.  I have come to find that I really love creating dishes that combine two different types of cuisines.  I would definitely be on look out for more dishes like this in the near future!

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If you could pick any type of cuisine to make into a pizza, what would you choose?

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  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance May 23, 2013, 1:54 pm
    Easy question! Mexican!! :) I haven't had naan in ages, so this looks especially tasty.
  • eatgreatbegreat May 23, 2013, 1:59 pm
    I love Naan! Great idea using it as the pizza crust!
  • jumpeatrun May 23, 2013, 2:10 pm
    I use naan as pizza crust all the time, but I've never tried making an actual Indian flavored pizza. this sounds really good :)
  • Erin May 23, 2013, 2:30 pm
    Looooove naan!! That sauce seems so interesting I would love to try it
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life May 23, 2013, 2:56 pm
    I have never had naan before, but considering we use pitas and tortillas for pizza crusts, why not naan! Great idea :)
  • saltedplates May 23, 2013, 3:02 pm
    yum I love naan!
  • kimathungryhealthygirl May 23, 2013, 3:08 pm
    I've actually been wanting to try Naan. I bet I could come up with a really tasty Mexican version! ;)
  • kaityscooking May 23, 2013, 5:13 pm
    i am obsessed with naan, i can eat a whole package of them in a sitting, so good lol.. that sauce looks so good i got to find that!
  • Eating 4 Balance May 23, 2013, 6:57 pm
    I've always wondered what Chinese pizza would taste like! Perhaps a teriyaki sauce in place of tomato sauce, sautéed onions, broccoli, peppers for vegetables, and rice or lo mein noodles on top! Man that would be good. This turned out looking great! Indian food is amazing and you always come up with such simple but yummy tasting recipes!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 23, 2013, 9:49 pm
      I think a Chinese pizza sounds awesome. I have made a Thai pizza, but never Chinese. You should definitely try it and let me know how it goes!
  • Brittany May 23, 2013, 7:11 pm
    Ohh I love the idea of making ethnic cuisines into pizza!! This looks so good, and reminds me I need to have some Indian food soon. I think I too would make a Mexican pizza!
  • Sara @ Nourish and Flourish May 23, 2013, 7:22 pm
    I love the idea of replacing pizza sauce with an Indian curry-based sauce! Naan is one of my favorite breads, but I have yet to see a GF version...Maybe I should try making it! Until then, I'll just fawn over pictures of yours! ;) Favorite cuisine: Mexican, Japanese, or Italian. I can never choose! Happy almost-Friday, Hannah! <3
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 23, 2013, 7:27 pm
    Yum that looks so good! I love japanese food but I don't know if that would quite work on a pizza. Teriyaki chicken pizza maybe? But I don't know that a sushi pizza would work :)
  • makingthymeforhealth May 23, 2013, 7:34 pm
    I just had Indian food today for lunch, it is so good, especially the naan. Naan pizza is an excellent idea and so easy!!
  • jessiebearwhat May 23, 2013, 7:35 pm
    oh my god I LOVE naan. Genius to make it into a pizza ;)
  • jessielovestorun May 23, 2013, 9:13 pm
    Girl, you'd love Kuwait. The amount of Indian food over here is ridiculous! Ha Ha
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick May 24, 2013, 3:24 am
    Genius idea!! Pizza is always a winner, and that Naan bread sounds heavenly. I think I would stick with the good old Italian Pizza - still my fave!!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 24, 2013, 12:47 pm
      Sounds super tasty! I think I am going to try that with the leftover naan that I have in my freezer!
  • Miss Messy May 24, 2013, 4:39 am
    I need this in my life :) pefect idea!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine May 24, 2013, 5:19 am
    Ooooh I love Indian too but I would love to do some sort of a Mexican or maybe even a sushi pizza??! ;)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 24, 2013, 12:47 pm
      Mexican pizza is amazing!! I love the sushi idea, too! You should try it out and let me know how it goes!
  • taylor @ taylormade May 24, 2013, 6:14 am
    oh man, this looks amazing! I loooove Indian food -- why not turn it into pizza?! mmm. by the way, just discovered your blog and I'm loving all of your clean eating recipes! :)
  • sprint2thetable May 24, 2013, 6:55 am
    I'm all over Mexican or Indian on pizzas. Or random seafood creations. :) This looks awesome! I hear naan is actually easy to make... I should get on that.
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 24, 2013, 7:33 am
    This sounds amazing!
  • Katherine May 24, 2013, 9:12 am
    I'm really in love with naan bread and pizza, so this looks perfect. I've actually been trying to make my own naan pizza, but nothing was tasting right! I'll have to give this a shot today! It looks like a winner! Happy weekend! xx
  • Sarah May 24, 2013, 9:12 am
    what a great idea!!
  • Julia May 24, 2013, 9:29 am
    I adore Indian food too and love the idea of a naan pizza! What a fun and healthy meal for any night of the week!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 24, 2013, 12:49 pm
      It is definitely super easy to make, especially if you roast the vegetables ahead of time, so making it during the week would be great!
  • dishing up the dirt May 24, 2013, 10:33 am
    sounds delicious. Naan is my favorite. Put in in pizza form and I am SOLD!
  • blonde hair blue eyed runner May 24, 2013, 10:34 am
    My husband and I tried naan for the first time last year at an Indian restaurant. I think that's the only thing we liked in our meal though lol I'll have to try using naan more often!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 24, 2013, 12:50 pm
      Well that is sort of a bummer, but at least you liked the naan! I don't think you can go wrong with that!
  • Tara May 24, 2013, 11:55 am
    I love Indian food! I wish my boyfriend liked it as well, so we can eat it more often.
  • ashley May 24, 2013, 2:28 pm
    My hubby and I make Naan pizzas all the time! I've never tried an Indian version though. I love Indian food, too, so I'm sure I'd love it!
  • Kierston @candyfit May 24, 2013, 2:29 pm
    I absolutely love Indian Cuisine too! I grew up with it :)
  • Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking May 24, 2013, 4:41 pm
    How brilliant! Love the idea of making a pizza with a naan base... I bet that is just so darn delicious!
  • Meredith May 24, 2013, 5:45 pm
    I love "pizza Naan"!! Looks delicious! I think I'd try Mexican :)
  • Alyssa @ Road to RD May 24, 2013, 5:53 pm
    What an awesome idea! Here's a fun fact for you: studies show that curry may help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's :D
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 24, 2013, 7:47 pm
      That is a great fun fact, especially since Alzheimer's runs in my family. Now I have yet another excuse to eat more curry!! ;)
  • Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body May 24, 2013, 8:04 pm
    This sounds like a delicious combination of flavours!
  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) May 25, 2013, 12:16 am
    Yum this sounds great, I am especially loving the idea of using a naan as the base- doughy goodness! For the sake of curiosity, I'd love to see what a Japanese pizza would taste like!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 25, 2013, 8:21 am
      I would LOVE to see what a Japanese pizza is like, too! You should give one a try and let me know how it turns out!
  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 25, 2013, 7:06 am
    I love the idea of an Indian pizza - it looks so tasty! Maybe I'm boring, but I really love a good old Italian pizza. A Greek inspired pizza would be good too though!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl May 25, 2013, 8:22 am
      OOooo a Greek one sounds so good! And seriously, there is nothing wrong with loving a good old Italian pizza!
  • Brittany @ FreckledNettles May 25, 2013, 10:30 am
    Girl, you know the way to my heart. I love Indian cuisines, and that naan pizza looks right up my alley!
  • Alex (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) May 25, 2013, 6:19 pm
    Are you sure you didn’t make this recipe for me?? Because it looks like something I would LOVE. Indian is hands down one my favorite cuisines (that and Greek/Mediterranean, but those pizzas already exist ;) ). I definitely need to try this!
  • Zoe @ Chocolate Covered Chia May 27, 2013, 2:25 pm
    Mexican! Carnitas on a pizza would be interesting...
  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen May 27, 2013, 5:23 pm
    I absolutely love indian food too and I love the idea of naan pizza. This look so yummy!
  • Rach @ This Italian Family May 29, 2013, 3:02 pm
    Naan is so good! I hadn't considered using it as a base for pizza!

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