Friday, 4 March 2011

Review: Domino's pizza versus the sad one I made

I love Domino's pizza.period. And no I wasn't paid to say that. We have been big fans of Domino's from the time we were in India, since Saturdays are usually pizza and movie days and I totally look forward to it. We used to get the cheese stuffed crust back in India, something I miss out here, but I have a whole lotta other varieties to choose from.

So when I was given an opportunity to make my own pizza and compare it to the Domino's pizza, I didn't think twice, but jumped at it. Neat huh? Well yes, till I made my own pizza and figured out Id never be doing that again!
Other than the fact that I love their flavours, what I love even more is the fact that I can order the pizza online from Dominos and the deed is done in a matter of a few clicks. We have saved our info on their website and the next time we just have to log on and place our order. You get a confirmation number and if you are not comfortable giving your credit card details online, you can pay them on delivery. We have personally never had a bad experience with them; as in we didn't have to call and confirm or there is no delay in delivery. In fact they are scarily on time. You tell them you want it delivered at 8.15 and you'd be surprised when they land up exactly at that time, as opposed to a certain other pizza chain (lets just say the name starts with P) never delivered our pizza till an hour later. While we are on the pizza subject, I must also add that I have tried almost every pizza delivery place nearby, but we end up being loyal to Domino's just because their delivery is to the dot. You don't want to order for pizza and keep the movie and beer waiting just to realize that its been over 30 minutes and the pizza guys are still nowhere to be seen and even worse, you call them up and find out they are accidentally at the wrong place, or stuck in traffic (lame).

So we ordered 3 pizza's from Domino's over the weekend: 
The new Spanish Sizzler which has roast chicken, green peppers, chorizo sausage and roquito peppers. It was alright, except I didn't really like the sweetness of the peppers that much. 
The Tandoori Hot which was basic except that I love the hot jalapeño peppers in them
And my favourite the Mighty Meaty which has all those gorgeous toppings I love- pepperoni, ham, beef, sausage and mushrooms. 
And what I made at home a few days later was a Pepperoni and cheese pizza and my version of the Tandoori Hot. If I were to compare the pizzas, I'd say mine were horrible (no I'm not sucking up to Domino's..I mean it), except I was quite generous with the topping. Other than Mighty Meaty, I thought all the other pizza's were a big meagre when it came to the topping. I could find bits of chicken here and there, but not as much as I would have liked- an issue I've always had with Pizza chains. Taste-wise I must add, Domino's' any day kicked my pizza's butt. The cheese, the sauce, the spice everything was brilliant. I always end up burning the cheese and the topping and if I want to keep that consistency right, I end up under cooking the pizza base. Well its cos of hopeless amateurs like me, that chains like Domino's thrive I think :)

So without boring you any further, here's my recipe:

For the base:
All purpose flour- 145 gms + extra for dusting
Active Dry Yeast- 1 tsp
Salt- a pinch
olive oil- 1 tsp
Warm water- as required (I used about 100ml)
(or like me, just buy the ready made pizza base mix add enough water and make the dough)

Mix the yeast into the water, stir to dissolve and keep in a warm place for 10 minutes
Mix the AP flour and salt together in a mixing bowl, make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and oil to form a slightly sticky mixture. You can keep adding water till you get the deserved consistency.
Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and pliable.
Place it back into the mixing bowl, cover and keep in a warm place for up to 2 hrs. It would double in size by now. Punch the air out and knead for another 2 to 3 minutes and then roll out into a size (and shape) you prefer.
Red pesto (I used that instead of pizza sauce)
Grated parmesan cheese
Grated mozzarella cheese
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Pepperoni slices

For the tandoori chicken:
Chicken breasts- 1 medium
Yogurt- 2 tbsp
Ginger paste- 1 tbsp
Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
Lime juice- 1 tbsp
Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Tandoori masala- 1 tbsp (If you have this, omit coriander and cumin powder)
Salt- if required

Mix all the ingredients together and marinate the chicken. Keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Grill in the oven at 176 for about 15 to 20 minutes on each side
Slice into strips and use for the pizza.

Generously spread the red pesto on the pizza base, leaving about half an inch from the sides.
Grate some parmesan cheese on the top
Cover with enough pepperoni/ tandoori chicken
sprinkle some mozzarella and cheddar on top and bake in an oven preheated at 220 for about 15 to 20 minutes.
I sprinkled some coriander leaves on top of the tandoori chicken pizza and it tasted good.

If anyone in UK is interested in taking part in this challenge, please do let me know and I can pass on the necessary details. You can make your own vegetarian pizza and compare it to a veg one as well..whichever suits you.

With thanks to Dominos Pizza for a gift voucher to pick up the pizza


LifenSpice said...

I think your Pizza looks great! Being a pizza lover myself, I can totally relate to you.
Ps: I too love Pizzas with cheesey crust (i know, i know!)

schmetterlingwords said...

Of course, your pizza looks delicious and inviting... Things get even better next time dear!! :-)

Pari said...

Common, there's always a next time and the pizza is surely looking nice through the click. I love Domino's and especially there cheese burst Pizza.

Umm Mymoonah said...

Your pizza does looks good and I love the topping. I was able to have only veg pizza in Domino's since they don't have halal. I'm sure your crust must be great, try using a pizza tray and a sprinkling of corn meal, when you are rolling the dough. Your base will be near closer to the Domino's. Also when you use a day old dough, it tastes even better.

Suja Sugathan said...

Your pizza looks delicious..tandoori chicken topping sounds delicious dear,never tried making at home but this recipe is tempting me.

Authenticoriyafood said...

Your pizza looks good enough to eat....mine was a total disaster!! I have been loyal to Domino's ever since .....

Rumana Rawat said...

I really think your pizza is looking delicious:)

Asha said...

It looks pretty good... My daughter is a big fan of Pizzas...Not to mention me too...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

LoL..So what if its in the shape of an amoeba..its the taste that counts. Were you happy with what you made?
I was a loyal fan of Papa John's chain but the branch near my house closed..Sob Sob! Then I channeled all my loyalty to Domino's and so far I am happy..My favorite is the Veggie Lovers Pizza..If I am not ordering that its Pepperoni,Jalepeno and Pineapple(Salty, Hot and Sweet), an ultimate combo..well according to me anyway. Have a nice weekend.

Torviewtoronto said...

home made pizza is always more delicious as the toppings can be anything

Kairali sisters said...

I am with you Nisha, we love dominozz too, we have one right next to our home..

Your pizza looks yummy too girl!!!

Vimitha Anand said...

Your Pizza looks delicious and of course home made pizzas are healthy too...

Swathi said...

I like domino veggie lovers, don't worry about the failure, venture again you will see success that is my moto.

Priya said...

Personally i can say that yours looks super delicious, love home made pizzas anytime, am just avoiding pizzas from outside..

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Your pizza looks delicious....First time at your taking a piece...:)
You got a superb space...following it..


Neenu Praveen said...

yummy..happy to follow u..

aipi said...

To be honest you are being a little unfair to your Pizza, your pizza looks great to me... homemade beats the store bought any day... I like Domino's though... I am actually jealous they have Tandoori Hot over there... here they don't even know what Tandoori means :o

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Afsal_ Alif said...

I believe in the Nutrition and taste factor of Pizzas ('nd all other fuud stuffs )more than garnishing.

Biny Anoop said...

hey ....the pizza is looking great dear.....i really mean it

vinithasaira said...

wowie! u actually have a challenge like tht! we are fans of Dominoes too and prefer it way btr than the other Pizza Chains! ur pizza looks yum too.. anything with chicken on it is always inviting! have a good weekend! :)

Yummy Team said...

Your pizza looks delicious, Nisha..We are fans of papa johns'..

Monet said...

We make most of our pizza's at home...but I will admit that I often have mad cravings for take-out. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a happy week. Your posts bring me joy...thank you for being you!

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said...

I love homemade pizzas for the fact that u can put whatever u want.Yiur version looks yum!

Sarah Naveen said...

So you ate them all over the weekend ;)?
Urs looks yumm nisha!!

Treat and Trick said...

Your pizza looks good and yummy! Don't worry, you shall make better pizza next time....

Gulmohar said...

Cheer up girl ! practice makes perfect.and I don't see anything wrong with your pizza.. Soon you'll be able to make pizzas that will beat Dominos