SPINACH AND MUSHROOM PIZZA WITH CASHEW SAUCE

 

So far this Spinach and Mushroom pizza has to be the best pizza I have ever had or made. It was only after making it that I realized it’s vegan since I did not use any dairy or animal based products. It’s a simple recipe. The toppings don’t require much. And neither does the pizza sauce. Even dough for the base is super easy to make!

Spinach and Mushroom Pizza with Cashew Sauce (vegan recipe)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

An easy and incredibly healthy pizza, which has got to be the yummiest I've ever had or made. 

Servings: 1 10" pizza
Author: Pratty
Ingredients
For the pizza dough
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour atta
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 2/3 tablespoon of active dry yeast
  • 1/5 teaspoon of salt
For the cashew sauce
  • 1/3 cup of cashews – soaked overnight or for a few hours in warm water
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 small onion
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/5 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/5 teaspoon of dried basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of corn starch
For the topping
  • 1 ½ cup oyster mushrooms washed and shredded
  • Alternative – same amount of button mushrooms. Sliced or diced into quarters.
  • 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves torn roughly
  • ¼ plus ¼ teaspoon of oil or butter if using dairy
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Few mint leaves for garnishing
Instructions
Dough:
  1. Take all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix them up with a spoon. You will get a wet and sticky mixture. Scrape the sides down and ensure everything has formed into one sticky mass.
  2. Cover the bowl with cling film or a damp cloth. You can also cover it with a lid.
  3. Let it rest for 4-6 hours.
Sauce:
  1. Soak the cashews overnight or place them in ½ cup of warm water for a few hours. Once done, drain them out. Place them in a grinder/blender pot.
  2. Dice the onion, add them into the pot. Add in the garlic. Blend for a couple of minutes. Scrape the sides down and blend again. Add in half of the water. Blend till smooth. Scrap the sides down.
  3. Add the cornstarch and a bit of the rest of the water. Blend again. And add more water if you feel like it. The consistency needs to be like that of porridge/oats. Thick but slightly runny. The sauce will thicken further as it bakes due to the cornstarch.
Toppings
  1. Heat a pan and melt ¼ teaspoon of oil/butter on medium heat. Add in the mushrooms. Stir and allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally. The mushroom will give off a lot of water. Wait till the excess water dries out.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Set it aside.
  3. To the same pan, add another ¼ teaspoon of oil/butter and chuck in the spinach. Sauté for a minute. Then season with salt. Set it aside.
Assembling the pizza
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C or 400F.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour over it and keep folding the dough into itself till that extra flour is incorporated into the dough. This will take 30 seconds, more or less.
  3. Prepare your baking tray either by lining it with parchment/baking/butter paper. If you do not have parchment paper, you can also lightly grease the pan, then sprinkle a bit of flour and tap the tray around to even out the flour coating. This will make the tray non stick.
  4. Drizzle a few drops of oil over the dough and pat it around the dough’s surface. Place the dough on the tray and start pressing it outwardly towards the edges. Flatten it out evenly till it is ¼” or 1/5” inch in thickness.
  5. Add two tablespoons of the cashew sauce in the center and start spreading it out and adding more. Leave about ½” by the edge empty or else the sauce will spill out into the tray.
  6. Once you have layered it evenly, place the mushrooms and spinach.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or till the crust looks golden brown in colour and has a nice crisp to it.
  8. Sprinkle with fresh mint leaves before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

I hope you try this Spinach and Mushroom pizza and love it as much as I did!

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