May 30, 2009

Veggie Flatbread Pizza with Bean puree

Pixar has done it again - with 'UP' - a heart-touching story, amazing screenplay, with cleverest talking animals and what not! I absolutely adore the Russell kid in the movie. He is sooo cute!!!. The best part of the movie though was a lovely dialogue-free montage, in the beginning of the film which follows the sweet relationship of Carl Fredricksen and his wife Ellie - from their contented marriage to old age. It a highly recommended movie for everybody and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Today's recipe is kid's favorite too. Its pizza time folks but with a healthy bean puree twist. :)

Veggie Flatbread Pizza with Bean Puree (Adapted from here & here)


For Flatbread dough -

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup of warm water (105-110 F)
1 tbsp olive oil

For Bean puree -

1 cup pinto beans, canned & rinsed
few rosemary sprigs
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup oil-drained sun-dried tomatoes
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil

For assembling Pizza:

I used - couple of small cherry tomatoes, chopped onion, bell pepper and mozzarella cheese.


Pizza dough:

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, instant dry yeast, salt and oil. Make a well in the middle and add water little by little to make a dough.
Remove from bowl and knead. Place in a clean oiled bowl and let rise, slowly, about 2 1/2 hours.
Knead, divide dough into 2 portions, let rise again for 1/2 hour, and then roll out as desired.

Bean Puree:

Add pinto beans, rosemary sprigs and onion to about 3-4 cups of water & bring it to a boil.
Puree drained beans and onion, sun-dried tomatoes and chopped rosemary in processor. Add oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, puree until smooth paste. if desired, add 1/2 cup boiling water while blending in the processor. Ready to served as a dip or a spread.

Veggie Flatbread pizza:

Pre-heat oven to 400 deg F.
Roll out the pizza dough into desired shape. I ended making a rectangular one. Lightly sprinkle the pizza peel (or a flat baking sheet) with corn meal. Place the flattened pizza base on to the baking sheet. Spoon on the bean puree, place the veggie toppings and sprinkle lots of cheese :). Bake for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm !!


Before signing off, there is a sweet treat to you all - Blueberry Pound cake :) made by Shri, who is a very dear friend of mine!!

Have a great Sunday ahead.



  1. Pizza loks great Siri! You even made the dough from scratch! Can u send me some?

  2. Wow love the pizza....looks colorful and delicious...never used bean puree..interesting :)

  3. The pizza looks realy yummy.
    I have never had bean puree.

  4. Yummy Pizza.You made from scratch!Awesome.Never tried bean puree with Pizza.

  5. Bean puree is a nice twist for a pizza. Will try. Pics look great.

  6. Thats looks fantastic! U seem to becoming a real PIZZAIOLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cool girl!

  7. Beans on pizza is one of my favorites and sun-dried tomatoes are always an excellent choice.

  8. Siri, The pizza looks so damn gooood, makes me very hungry.
    I love that movie too, havent seen it yet though, but will very very soon. Happy that you rated it best too :-)

  9. Absolutely mouthwatering, and I am no kid!!

  10. @ Divya: Yup, I did make it from scratch and its all yours babes :)

    @ Parita: Bean puree base give the pizza a very different taste. Do try it sometime.

    @ Happy Cook. Thanks HC.

    @ Pooja: Thanks Pooja.

  11. @ CurryLeaf: Thanks CL!

    @ Pavani: Thanks Pavani.

    @ DK: LOL! I made a Breakfast Pizza too Dhivs. Will post some time soon! ;)

    @ Lisa: I didn't expect that (Beans + Sun dried Tomatoes) puree would have such lovely taste Lisa. With veggies & mozzarella cheese et al. it tastes yummy!!! :)

    @ Mona: Up was a fantastic watch Mona and I am surely gonna get a DVD when its released!!

    @ Sunshinemom: Thanks sunshinemom!

  12. WOw nice yum recipe with a beautiful click.

  13. Nice shape Siri... Its been ages since I made pizza you are tempting me and the pic is drool worthy!!!

  14. Wow... Am totally impressed! What a perfect looking pizza! I'm sure it tasted fabulous, too. :)

  15. That's an interesting and healthy twist Siri.

  16. Very interesting idea using bean puree in pizza, and it looks just perfect !

  17. Love your take on the pizza.It looks lovely!Also, thanks much for mentioning my blueberry cake recipe.Appreciate it:)Have fun and look forward to seeing more fun recipes.

  18. Pizza looks yummy & this is my favourite food also . So please can I have one slice ....

  19. Just wanted to say I love your blog--great pictures! Your blog and a couple of others I follow inspired me to start my own at:

    Stop on by!


  20. The pizza looks great... beans puree is something new. good healthy twist :-)

  21. Pizza looks inviting siri!!Drop in sometime!!

  22. Dear Siri, What a the pintobeans in the spread very much. That picture removes all thoughts of dieting far away from the mind. Cheers!


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