February 19, 2008

Whole Wheat Calzones

I love pizzas. I mean really really love them. But in all the years that I lived alone, I probably ordered pizzas about 5 times. That’s like once in 2 years. Since the time I got married, we’ve ordered pizza exactly once. The day we shifted into the apartment we currently occupy. For some reason, I have never quite liked getting food home. For starters, there’s the minimum order quantity. This means that, in all likelihood, we’ll have leftovers. Then there’s the problem of rotis applying for jobs at GoodYear or MRF. There’s also the problem of transferring food to the right utensils, heating it up, bringing out the plates and cleaning up after the meal. Given the trouble involved, if I don’t feel like cooking, I’d much rather just go out and eat. Somehow, even the hottest freshest pizza goes cold in the 30 minute trip to your doorstep.

How do I tackle my craving for this Italian creation? Earlier, I did this by making enough visits to Amma’s. Now I do so by making it at home. Turning the all flour
version to the whole wheat version was one step towards making my favourite food healthier. Making this folded pizza was the next step. I made do with just 5 grams of cheese powder as opposed to the 100 grams that I normally use in an open pizza.


For the dough:

1 cup Wheat Flour
½ cup Flour
1 tbsp Yeast
1/8 cup Oil
1/2 tbsp Sugar
3/4 tsp Salt1 tsp Chilli Flakes

1 tbsp Garlic, chopped
1 tbsp Mixed Herbs
1/4 cup Water, boiling
1/4 cup Milk

For the sauce:

1 Onion, sliced
1 medium Tomato, chopped finely
1 Capsicum, sliced (I used small portions of green, red and yellow capsicum)
2 tsp Chilli Flakes
1/8 cup Broccoli, cut

1/8 cup Sweet Corn

1/8 cup Brinjal, chopped
6 Button Mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp Spinach, chopped

3 pods Garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp Cheese Powder
1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp Fresh Basil, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Olive Oil
Salt to Taste


For the dough:
Take a huge mixing bowl and place the oil, salt and sugar in it. Add boiling water and mix until the sugar dissolves. Add the milk now to bring the mixture to room temperature. Add the yeast and mix well. Add the chilli flakes, garlic, and herbs. Add the wheat flour and flour and knead into a dough. Place the dough in a greased vessel and cover it with a damp muslin cloth. Allow to rise until double in size (roughly 45-50 minutes).

For the sauce:
In a pan, heat the oil and add the garlic and onions. Fry for a minute or two. Add the capsicum, corn, brinjal, mushroom, spinach and broccoli and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the parsley, basil, oregano, chilli flakes, cheese powder, salt, sugar and pepper and fry for another minute. Add the tomato and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the ketchup and cook the mixture for a couple of minutes. This mixture should be much drier than pizza sauce.

To Proceed:
Grease a pizza plate.Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Spread each portion into a circle on a greased plate. Place a little sauce on one side of the dough and fold the dough over. Seal the edges and press down using a fork. Make slits on top.

Bake in a hot oven (400 F) for 20 minutes.This is so easy to make that I wonder why I didn’t try this earlier. It tasted great at dinner time and was just as good the next day at lunch too. It would be great to take on a picnic or during travel.


This one dish meal goes to Meeta for her Monthly Mingle. The theme this month is One-Dish Dinners. Other one dish meals at The Singing Chef can be found here.


Srivalli said...

Raaga ..that looks so the look!

Sia said...

girl, u know how to make me hungry even after having meal:)

Meeta K. Wolff said...

I love calzones - always a great alternative to the pizza. Like the way you have used whole wheat here and of course the ingredients like spinach always go well!

Asha said...

Always a pleasure to eat Calzones! Pizza pockets!:))

Laavanya said...

Looking good Raaga.. and I'm drooling over your Egg Biryani and Chole too.. awesome!

Pooja V said...

I love calzones. And Biryani looks just great.

Kalai said...

Calzones are so awesome!! Yours looks delicious and sounds pretty healthy as well. Nice one, girl! :)

Suganya said...

Whole wheat calzones are calling to me. Gotta to try them.

TBC said...

Sounds really good.:-)
I'm exhausted just looking at the ingredient list!

Sig said...

Unless it is a fancy restaurant, or we are going drinking, I love getting take-outs and eating at home... Yeah, there is a bit of a clean up, but being able to eat in front of the TV beats that... :) Lovely calzones btw...

Raaga said...

@Valli: Thanks... it is fairly simple

@Sia: I'm glad I do. Its called an eye for an eye, I believe :-)

@Meeta: I wanted to make a dry filling and added whatever I had... I'm so thrilled it came out great!! Thanks

Raaga said...

@Ashakka: I'm going to make them more often :-)

@Laav: Glad to be returning the favour :-)

@Pooja: Thanks girl!!

@Kalai: Try it and let me know.

@Sugs: I'm waiting for you to turn them into a work of art...

@TBC: Don't be please... I just put whatever I found... you can easily tweak the list :-)

@Sig: Can't argue with that :-)

Unknown said...

Hi raaga:)

Loved your blog a lot, and these calzones are amazing, thanks a lot for the recipe:) I had some calzones recently from a store, I wanted to add more spice to it, thanks for the recipes, i will try these :)

luckysanjana said...

Calzone firsttime ive come across this word.......sure looks good though i love stuffed anything.....i like the mystery in getting past the outer cover to discovering whats inside.............

Chris said...

How do you store yeast? I normally buy a half block of fresh yeast. Pls let me know the best way to store it in my fridge without it attracting ice crystals.