Chick-Un Tikka Masala Pizza

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 23, 2012

Thank you for your support and positivity on Friday. You’re such a great bunch ;)

I’m so pumped to start this next chapter in my life and share my experiences with all of you. Knowing that there’s only 100 days between me and the first day of the rest of my life is so exciting.

Come Friday I was ready to celebrate! Growing up, pizza always marked a celebration of some sort. A friend’s birthday, the end to a busy week, Mom leaving the house to my Dad, littler sister and I. Whenever there was pizza, there was a party!

Any guesses on what we had Friday night to ring in the changes?

Pizza! But not just any pizza, this baby was loaded with Indian inspired ingredients and a sweet and savory masala sauce.

Curry on a pizza. My life is complete.

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Chick-Un Tikka Masala Pizza
Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free
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Serves: 1 serving
Sweet and spicy vegan pizza with tikki masala sauce, roasted potatoes, eggplant, chickpeas and cilantro.
  • 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup diced red pepper
  • 1 tsp diced garlic
  • 1 tsp diced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup diced tomato
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch chili pepper flakes or crushed chilis
  • ⅛ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup cubed potatoes with the skin on
  • ¼ cup cubed eggplant
  • ⅛ tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • ¼ cup cooked chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro, divided
  • Gluten-free rice tortilla, homemade pizza dough, or store-bought
  • ¼ cup daiya or dairy-free cheese (optional)
  1. To make the sauce, melt coconut oil in a small cast iron pan on medium-high heat. Drop in onions, red pepper, garlic and ginger. Saute for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  2. Add tomato and raisins and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Drop mixture into a food processor or blender with water and spices.
  4. Pulse a couple of times, but not too much as you want the sauce to be a bit chunky. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, in a second cast iron, heat coconut oil. Add potatoes, place a lid over top and cook on medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Add eggplant and salt, cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Set aside.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with a dab of coconut oil and place tortilla over top.
  7. Spread tortilla with sauce and top with potato mixture, chickpeas, half of the cilantro and dairy-free cheese if using. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until sides begin to golden. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with leftover cilantro and serve.

I began with a bunch of odds and ends. Half a potato, leftover chickpeas, and 3/4 of a red pepper.

Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for hash browns has me addicted to roasting potatoes in my cast iron so it was a no brainer on how I was going to prep the potatoes for this pizza!

Generally you’d add a bit of sugar to the sauce to soften the acidity of the tomatoes but I opted for raisins to give some of the sweetness. When I blended the sauce, I kept it a bit chunky so there were bits of raisins throughout.

Assembling the pizza was as easy as 1,2,3.. 4 and 5. But step 1 isn’t even a step, and 2 and 3 are practically the same. But it looks good, right?

10 minutes in the oven, and Bob’s your uncle!

The trick to using the brown rice tortillas as a pizza crust is in the crispness of the crust and the consistency of the ingredients. Had I steamed the potatoes or used fresh tomatoes, it totally would have fallen apart. If you don’t have tortillas, no worries. Any crust will do the trick.

If you’re feeling a bit crazy, you could also try using a gluten-free naan as the base. I was going to try it until I realized I’d eaten the last naan for breakfast on Friday morning.

Hey, who said naan wasn’t a breakfast food? Throw some sunflower butter on there and you’re good to go!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Pizzzzzzaaa :D Yep, same with our family. Party=pizza. and wings.


Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition

Very flavorful! I love all the different ingredients


Averie @ Averie Cooks

Love the title you came up with…so clever!

And these have me craving pizza at 8am. Gorgeous! I made tortillas pizzas last week about, oh 3 times :)


Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

This pizza looks like it is absolutely bursting with flavor! And I love that its another fiber-rich option to serve up to my family. Definitely going to try this at home.


katie @KatieDid

mmm lovely creative pizza recipe. You’ve had me throwing curry spice into lots of stir fries lately. I haven’t gone as far as a full blown Indian recipe yet but I’m getting there!


Paulina (One Smile Ahead)

Perfect pizza idea! The Indian flavors sound amazing. I think the sauce would be awesome over even stir-fries. I absolutely love curry!



Love love love pizza. I just recently made my first calzones and loved them too. I’d never tried calzones before! (Even though they are essentially pizza all wrapped up :)) This pizza is very creative though.. I like the idea of sweetening the sauce with raisins.. I’m definately intrigued!

& that dessert pizza you linked to, YUM.



This looks super Yummmers!


Courtney Rae Jones

This is a brilliant idea! Love the indian inspired ingredients on a pizza. I cannot wait to try this recipe out. Thanks for the great idea :) Excellent post.



This recipe is awesome! Single serving AND Indian inspired? Soooo pinning this!



I made this over the weekend, and it is amazing! I quadrupled the recipe to make pizzas for four of us. The pizzas themsevles were very good, but the sauce was terrific and I found myself fantasizing about how to make a big batch and use it for other dishes too. Really spicy and flavorful, but not not “hot”, just so tasty and delicious.



I’m right with Karen! (above) The sauce just about blew my tastebuds out of my mouth from deliciousness. The pizza, while I only anticipated making it for tonight, will definitely be making a reappearence on this week’s menu.


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m so happy to hear that you liked it, Vienna!



I have been itchin’ to make cauliflower pizza crust because there is a sad little lady with two thumbs who can’t eat bread any more. I also love Indian food, as does my boyfriend. We are so doing this for our cauli-crust. I was curious about using nutritional yeast instead of non-dairy cheese. (I’m not a fan of daiya and I try to avoid soy.) How much n.y. would you suggest using?


Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I would just sprinkle on 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast after baking ;)


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