How to make pizza dough in a few easy steps. Anyone with no experience and new to the baking scene can name this. I love my pizza, so there is no way im going allow people to serve me crap pizza – which tends to be the case in all restaurants in Mumbai, India. Their bases are not crispy, if they are, then its papad thin and the cheese, who invented that god awful processed cheese. Amul cheese is the worst thing ever to be made on earth. However, taste buds do tend to vary and people here are used to this shit.
In this post I will show you how to make your own dough and throughout time, will also show you how to make you own pizza sauce and cheese.
Ingredients list – After the dough rose, I could make 3 Large pizzas.
500gr / 4 cups All purpose flour or Maida – 20 rupees
2 Teaspoon / 7gr Dried Active Yeast – 5 rupees
1 Teaspoon 4gr Sugar – 2 rupees
1 1/2 cup warm water – Free?
1/4 cup of olive oil – 30 rupees (based on 1L = 499 rupees)
Pinch of salt ( 1/2 Teaspoon) – 1 rupees
In a bowl, pour warm water, add yeast and sugar, mix and leave for 10 – 15 minutes. It will be ready when there are bubbles forming on the surface of the mixture, this means the dry yeast is now active.
Pour flour into a big bowl, add salt and mix.
Make a opening in the center of the mixture, like a volcano and pour the olive oil there and pour the yeast mixture there.
Mix the dough, mix well for 10 minutes, keep at it. Sure add bit of flour every now so that it does not stick to your hands.
On a plane surface, add some flour so that the dough doesn’t stick and kneed it for 10 more minutes.
Form the pizza dough into a ball and put it back into the big bowl
Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave for 1 hour.
Note – I had to leave my last pizza dough for 4-5 hours as it was not rising fast enough. This is usually due to the quality of the yeast – which in India, did seem a bit shabby from the local store i got it from.
Of course I had to try my dough as I’m a Pizza lover –
This evening I had planned some shopping at the Alpha stores in Vile Parle area. Now shopping is not a breeze as it is abroad, here there is no sidewalk to check out stores, there is however major traffic, crowds and crowds inside and outside, random veg stalls selling exotic fruits and well, it’s monsoon season, so the entire experience just drains out your energy. So i drifted to the nearest place around, Papillon – surprised by its name, as most wouldn’t know Papillon is butterfly in french, despite the 2 butterflies drawn on their name board.
So from the outside there is not much to be expected, there is an outdoor seating area made of metal, chairs, tables and dishware lol. However for the more demanding, you will find a AC section in the back part and upstairs. (Prices don’t vary).
I’ve been here a few times and have tried the following dishes.
It has the mixes alright, the vegs too, however it turns out to be just a spicy rice mix with mild flavour.
2. Mushroom Pizza
Well, I know my pizza, apart from entire India using the wrong cheese, this place said it was mushroom Pizza, it was just a thick dough with processed cheese. Had to resort to ketchup. I know right? What was I thinking ordering pizza at a punjabi place.
No comments, perfectly made.
4. Shyam Savera Veg Kofta
This dish should get an award. It’s basic veg koftas in the usual gravy but they maintain their moisture and they are tasty indeed, it’s a must order if you happen to be here.
5. Chole (Garbanzo Beans).
It was good, just remember to regulate the spiciness asking the waiter.
There is no proper Kulfi, you can mix whatever you want, but Papillon does a very good job. They add rabri, Falooda, those sabu dhana and rose syrup. Oh and the Kulfi itself, the entire combo is tasty.
You can tell by the prices they are aware of being the only restaurant in the area, and people will get hungry after shopping or just want a place to find shelter. Nonetheless, if you go for what they make traditionally ie – bhajis and such, you’ll have a good experience. For the rest continental food, avoid unless you must.