Sourdough Pizza With An Indian Twist

Ayush Jatia, Founder of Si Nonna’s, introduces us to unique sourdough pizza varieties in India.

For decades, pizza in India has been a familiar friend – a comforting combination of melted cheese, tangy tomato sauce, and a crispy crust. But recently, a new contender has emerged, capturing the hearts (and stomachs) of Indian pizza lovers – The Sourdough Pizza. This innovative take on a global favourite boasts a unique twist: A slow-fermented sourdough base that acts as a delicious canvas to showcase vibrant Indian and Italian ingredients, making for a true flavour sensation.

It’s In The Dough

Sourdough pizzas are gaining in popularity in India for a few key reasons. Firstly, the slow fermentation process in sourdough creates a naturally tangy and very light crust or as the Italians call it, the “cornicione”. This tanginess adds a delightful complexity to pizzas, especially when paired with spices and toppings. Secondly, sourdough is prized for being easier to digest compared to traditional pizza dough, making it a more appealing dietary option for many. Finally, the sourdough base provides a perfect foundation for exploring bold and innovative flavour combinations.

An Indian Twist

Gone are the days of predictable toppings like pepperoni and bell peppers. Indian-inspired sourdough pizzas celebrate the richness of local ingredients. Imagine a pizza adorned with rich dollops of homemade mushroom cream, perfectly balanced by the tangy sourdough crust. Another creation might feature succulent, slow-cooked spiced chicken with herbs and garlic, creating an umami bomb. These are just a few examples – the possibilities are truly endless.

But what makes these sourdough pizzas so successful in India? The answer lies in how they cater to the discerning Indian palate.

Locally adaptable but authentically Italian:

India boasts a large vegetarian population and sourdough pizzas cater beautifully to this preference. Sourdough pizza has both the structural integrity and flavour profile to feature a vibrant symphony of roasted vegetables – familiar favourites like peppers and onions alongside unique local finds can be paired with a drizzle of fragrant basil pesto, adding a refreshing touch. Another option could be an unassuming base of tomato sauce which can be elevated by topping with homemade cherry tomato confit, and Fior di Latte mozzarella, ricotta cheese, and a variety of other cheeses like blue cheese, aged parmesan etc.

Spice and smoke:

The magic of these pizzas lies in the way they harmonise the slow-fermented sourdough base with the vibrancy of the ingredients. The tangy sourdough cuts through the richness of creamy toppings like homemade mushroom cream, creating a delightful interplay of flavours. The smokiness from the high-temperature baking further enhances the flavours of the varied ingredients. Each mouthful is an explosion of textures and tastes, a testament to the ingenuity of Indian pizzaiolos (pizza makers).

Beyond the usual suspects:

Sourdough pizzas offer a carefully crafted selection that goes beyond the usual suspects. They carry depth, complexity and a flavour profile that sets them apart from the rest, but the real stars are the toppings. Carefully selected to add a delightful twist to the sourdough pizza experience, each slice is a masterpiece of flavour that will leave you craving more.

Grab A Slice

The rise of sourdough pizzas in India signifies a delicious revolution in the pizza landscape.  It’s a testament to the adaptability of this global food favourite and the vibrant flavours that make India’s food scene so special. So, the next time you crave pizza, consider embarking on a delicious adventure with an India-inspired sourdough creation. You might just discover your new favourite way to enjoy this timeless comfort food.

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