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Indaba Kitchen Series: How to make Pizza at Home

With one more week of lockdown to go in South Africa, we anticipate you might be hankering for some kind of celebration. Why not throw a pizza party in your own home? It’s easy, affordable and plenty of fun.

Get the kids involved and use whatever toppings you have in your fridge. Here is Indaba’s simple pizza dough recipe and tutorial to help you around the kitchen until we open again to serve you our own speciality.

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Easy pizza recipe ingredients

Pizza dough

  • 500g flour
  • 1tsp yeast
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) of water
  • 2tbsp (30ml) olive oil

Tomato sauce

  • 1tsp garlic
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped up
  • 2 tins of peeled tomatoes

How to make a pizza base

Makes enough for five - you can also freeze the dough for up to two weeks to keep it on hand for whenever you need it

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Add water gradually and mix until all incorporated into a soft ball.
  • Add oil only once all the flour is wet.
  • Knead until the gluten is developed (roughly 5 minutes) and add more water if required.
  • Leave the ball in a lightly oiled container, cover and leave on a counter to prove (roughly 1,5 hours).
  • Punch down the dough and Iet it rise for a further 60 minutes (your dough should almost double in size).
  • Punch it down again and your dough is ready!
  • Divide the dough into 5 balls and roll each one out into a (roughly) round pizza base.

How to make an easy tomato sauce for your pizza

  • Pour a generous lug of olive oil into your pan and add the garlic.
  • Once the garlic begins to colour and brown lightly, add basil and the tomatoes.
  • Mash and squash the tomatoes with the back of a wooden sppon.
  • Season the sauce with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • As soon as it comes to the boil, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Strain the sauce through a coarse sieve into a bowl, using your wooden spoon to push any larger bits of tomato through.
  • Pour the sauce back into the pan, bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for five minutes to concentrate the flavours.

The best pizza topping combinations


Rustic Margherita: Basil, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella
Leftover Braai Beef: Barbecued rump beef strips, roasted cherry tomatoes, mixed peppers, roasted garlic and mozzarella topped with basil


Fancy Flatbread: Parma ham, blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives, balsamic onions and wild rocket.
Reliable Regina: Hickory ham, mushrooms and mozzarella.

Ingredients, assemble!

  • Take a spoon of olive oil and brush it onto the pizza base with a basting brush.
  • Take a ladle full of tomato sauce, and spread evenly over base.
  • Take a handful or two of grated mozzarella cheese and spread evenly on base.
  • Add toppings. Some advice from the Italians, don’t be tempted into more than three.
  • Sprinkle fresh or dried herbs on top for extra zing.
  • Load into the over and cook for roughly 15 minutes.

And, voila! Enjoy your homemade pizza.

Video Tutorial: How to make pizza at home with Indaba

Download Printable Recipe

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