Wholewheat crust pizza with balsamic-caramelised onion & spinach

This pizza is light and healthy, without compromising on taste. The flaky crust combined with sweetness of onions, crispiness of spinach and umami tastes of parmesan makes it the perfect lunch option, with a side of fresh summery salad.

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[Partly adapted from Pillsbury and Nikita Gandhi]

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • Wholewheat flour: 150 grams
  • Plain flour: 100 grams
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Olive oil: 1/4 cup
  • Water: 1/2 cup

Topping:

  • White onion: 1 medium, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Balsamic vinegar: 1 tbsp
  • Spinach: 250 gms (1 packet), shredded and par boiled
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced and finely chopped
  • Parmesan cheese: 1/8 cup, finely shredded (or as per preference)
  • Salt: To taste

Method:

Caramelised onions:

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat and add onion, sugar and balsamic vinegar
  • Allow the onions to caramelise, stirring frequently. This should take about 8-10 minutes. The onions will turn golden brown as they caramelise.
  • Add salt and garlic to the onion, mix for equal distribution and remove it into a bowl
  • Roll the dough

Crust:

  • Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and add the oil
  • Mix the dough with a fork
  • Add the water and continue to mix the dough with the fork until the liquid is absorbed
  • Subsequently, knead the mixture lightly until the dough comes together into a ball
  • Tightly cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Turn the dough out on a lightly floured counter, and sprinkling a little flour on the dough, roll it out into a large circle (alternatively, divide the two into two and roll out 2 smaller pizzas)
  • Keep sprinkling little flour underneath and on the dough when it seems on the verge of sticking to the counter.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and transfer the rolled out dough carefully onto it

Assembly:

  • Evenly spread the onions
  • Liberally top with shredded spinach and sprinkle parmesan all over
  • Bake the pizza for about 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven (425 degrees F), till the crust is golden brown
  • Serve hot
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