I adore fusion food, where two cuisines are combined to make something new - often creating something that's even better than the sum of its parts.
This Indian pizza is the perfect example - a wonderful cross between Indian and Italian! Naan bread makes a perfect low-effort pizza crust that's soft and chewy, yet crispy round the edges. Add a curry-infused pizza sauce, and sprinkle over some creamy paneer cheese, and you've got one irresistible Indian pizza!
I have genuinely been dreaming about this paneer pizza since the first time I made it. The flavours are unreal. And considering I'm a huge pizza lover, and I think sometimes it's pretty hard to improve on a simple vegetarian pizza... even I have to admit that this recipe has just about done it.
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It is delicious. You'll have to cook it yourself to understand truly how much this point needs to be emphasised. Bold and italics are not enough.
- Using shop-bought naan bread makes it really quick and easy to prepare, but still with big flavour.
- Fusion food (Indian pizza = Indian + Italian) gives you a new, fun way to enjoy two cuisines at once.
- This paneer pizza is more interesting than a regular margherita, so it's fun to serve for guests, or when you want something a bit different.
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe. You'll also need a few cupboard staples, like salt and pepper. See the printable recipe card below for detailed ingredient quantities.
- naan bread - choose a large, flat naan if you can find one. It's worth spending a little more to get a good quality base.
- pizza sauce - just a regular tomato-based sauce, nothing fancy.
- curry paste - I used tikka paste, but use your favourite.
- paneer cheese
- cheddar cheese - to add extra flavour to the paneer, and some meltiness to your pizza.
- sliced tomatoes
- red onion
- cilantro (fresh coriander)
👌 Top tip
Don't be too careful when crumbling your paneer cheese - it doesn't all need to be perfectly even in size. In fact, I like to deliberately leave a bit of size variation. The larger pieces remain soft and creamy in the middle, and the smaller pieces crisp up beautifully.
Here's how to make this recipe - see below for the printable recipe with detailed ingredients and instructions.
Step 1: Combine the curry paste and pizza sauce, and spread over the naan bread.
Step 2: Add the pizza toppings: grated cheddar, crumbled paneer, red onions, and sliced tomatoes.
Step 3: Bake until crispy.
Step 4: Top with fresh cilantro, and serve.
👌 Top tip
I like to keep the pizza toppings pretty simple on this Indian pizza, so the focus can be the flavours of the curry and the paneer. Some sliced tomatoes and red onion work beautifully. You could add some additional veggies if you like, but don't go overboard.
💭 Recipe FAQs
There are lots of curry pastes available, from super spicy ones (e.g. madras) to a milder paste (e.g. korma). I used tikka paste, which has a medium level of spice. Choose one that suits your spice preference! You only need a Tablesoon of curry paste for this recipe, but the rest of the jar can be stored in the fridge, and used to make a vegetarian curry.
This recipe specifically uses curry paste, which is then diluted with the pizza sauce. If you'd prefer to use a curry sauce, which doesn't need to be diluted at all, you can skip the pizza sauce if you like.
Leftover pizza can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you're in a rush, you can reheat it in the microwave, but it's much better reheated in the oven or a frying pan.
📖 Printable Recipe
Indian Pizza with Paneer (Naan Bread Pizza)
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- 75 ml (~ ¼ cup) pizza sauce or passata
- 1 Tablespoon curry paste (I used tikka paste)
- 1 large naan bread (~ 180g / 6 ½ oz) - mine measured approx. 9 x 12 inches
- 50 g mature cheddar cheese, grated (~ ½ cup when grated)
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 100 g (~ 3 ½ oz) paneer cheese, roughly crumbled
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Few sprigs fresh coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
- Combine the tomato sauce and curry paste in a bowl, then spread it over the large naan bread.
- Sprinkle the grated cheddar onto the base, then add the sliced red onion, sliced tomatoes, and crumbled paneer. Top with a little black pepper.
- Bake for around 15 minutes, or until crisped up to your liking. Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.