I'm guessing most of you are thinking "I know what a pizza is, but what the hell is a puda?"
Well, pudas are traditional Gujarati pancakes made from gram flour (a.k.a. chickpea flour), yogurt and spices.
My family were pondering what to have for lunch one day and couldn't decide whether to have pudas or pizza. So my sister (Situp85) and I came up with this recipe for pizza pudas.
Gram flour (chickpea flour),
garlic, green chillies, ginger (crushed, finely chopped or paste),
salt, pepper, sodium bicarbonate,
oil (any low flavour oil such as sunflower or rapeseed will do),
any "pizza toppings" you like. Be adventurous with your experimentation. (Have a look at the photo to see what we used, we also added red chilli flakes).
The recipe is very adaptable and traditionally, ingredients are hardly ever measured in Indian cooking. Therefore there would be no point in providing quantities in the recipe. But as a very rough guide, ten heaped tablespoons of gram flour and a 425g / 15oz pot of yogurt make the base for around 25 to 30 pudas (15cm / 6" diameter).
Step 1: Make the Base.
-If you are using any frozen ingredients, take them out of the freezer now..
-Carefully mix the gram flour and yogurt in a large mixing bowl, making sure not to leave any lumps.
-Mix in the garlic, ginger, chilli, salt and pepper, but NOT the sodium bicarbonate.
-The mixture may look too thick to make pancakes, but don't add any water yet, you'll see why later.
-Leave to stand while you move on to the next step.