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Cookbook author Priya Krishna shares a beloved childhood recipe from her book Indian-ish for roti pizzas, where the traditional Indian flatbread gets swapped in for the crust.
"Back when my sister and I were younger, brattier, and far less appreciative of my mother’s amazing cooking, we would beg my mom to let us order pizza for dinner. Instead of giving in to our demands, she came up with this compromise: our favorite pizza toppings, but on roti. As it turns out, roti makes an excellent pizza crust—it chars and crisps up nicely, and it doesn’t get soggy under the weight of the toppings. Roti pizza is now the most-made dish in our house, and we've gotten really creative with topping variations. We've graduated from mozzarella and tomato and moved toward newer discoveries, like potatoes, rosemary, and Parmesan (an innovative Spanish-slash-Italian pizza), or chutney, cheddar, and onion (salty, spicy, and very addictive). Feel free to get as creative as you want! Try making it with sweet ingredients, like cinnamon-sprinkled apples or Nutella and strawberries. Roti pizza parties are for all." –Priya
For topping inspiration, Priya shares her Cheddar-Chutney Roti Pizza and her Potato-Rosemary Roti Pizza recipes below.
Pro Tip: Refrigerate any leftover chutney in an airtight container for up to two days.
Adapted from Indian-Ish by Priya Krishna. Copyright © 2019 by Priya Krishna. Used with permission by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
Preheat oven to 400˚F.
For the Cilantro Chutney, in a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to blend, add a few drops of water to get it going. Taste and adjust the salt and/or lime juice, if needed.
Score each roti a few times with a knife or fork. Place them on a perforated pizza pan or a broiler pan. Drizzle olive oil on each roti (enough to coat the roti but not soak it) and smooth the oil over the surface with your fingers. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on. Once more, drizzle each baked roti with a little olive oil (again, enough to coat but not soak the roti) and smooth it over the surfaces with your fingers.
To make chutney-cheddar roti pizzas: Evenly distribute the onion among the rotis, followed by the cheddar. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheddar is melted and bubbling and the edges are crisp. Remove the pizzas from the oven, let cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then drizzle with the chutney.
To make potato-rosemary roti pizzas: Layer the potato slices over the rotis, and top with another small drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 5 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and fully cooked. Distribute the cheese evenly over the rotis and bake for 5 minutes more, until the cheese has crisped up at the edges. Remove the pizzas from the oven, sprinkle with the rosemary, and drizzle a little more oil on top.
Cut the roti pizzas into quarters.