Pizza with banana and curry
One of the "forbidden" pizzas
Banana on pizza? Yes, here in Sweden most pizzerias have some form of pizza that contains banana and curry. In many cases, there are several different varieties and the one I make in this recipe is usually called "Indy". However, many pizzerias have a slightly different definition of which pizza contains what and it can be somewhat confusing. I must admit that all forms of banana pizza have been far down on my list of possible pizzas to buy, but thought it was worth trying at home and see if it was even edible. I was surprised and actually thought it was good, but can understand that just the thought of the banana on a pizza can make many people react strongly negatively. I can only recommend trying it - it's not as awful as it may seem at first.
I have done my best to list a few other varieties by reading through about 30 menus at different pizzerias, but as I said - the definition of named pizzas differs a bit between pizzerias. Here are some other varieties that in addition to tomato sauce and cheese also contain banana and curry:
- "Afrikana" (banana, pineapple, curry, sometimes peanuts and sometimes beef fillet or ham, although often vegetarian)
- "Tropicana" / "Tutti Frutti" (banana, pineapple, curry, sometimes ham)
- "Bombay" / "Banarne" / "Flygande Jacob" (chicken, banana, pineapple, curry)
- "Karibien" / "Napoli" (chicken, banana, pineapple, curry, peanuts)
- "Banana" (ham, banana, curry).
I have tried a number of different recipes for pizza dough, but always use this when I make pizza at home. With only 4 ingredients in the dough, it's easy, but will take some time (fridge overnight) and practice to get right.
I am using TIPO "00" flour that might be a bit tricky to get hold of, but some stores have it and I think it makes a difference. If you cant find it, use strong flour (vetemjöl special) instead but increase the amount of water to 340g.
For som more reading about neapolitan pizza dough and making pizzas at home, I have a few items in this collection of recipes.
- Add pineapple.
- Replace the ham with chicken, beef fillet or pork fillet.
- Make vegetarian by omitting the ham and possibly add pineapple.
- Make vegetarian # 2: replace the ham with sliced mushrooms and red onion.
- If vegetarian - replace some of the cheese with a smoky cheese.
|Energy||4000.86 kcal||1000.22 kcal||186 kcal|
|Carbohydrates||458.81 g||114.7 g||21.33 g|
|Fat||138.31 g||34.58 g||6.43 g|
|Protein||222.2 g||55.55 g||10.33 g|
|Sugar||69.48 g||17.37 g||3.23 g|
|Salt||32.48 g||8.12 g||1.51 g|
* The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using the ingredients available in the database. Info will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
- In a foodprocessor with dough hook - mix lukewarm water and yeast. Leave it for 10 minutes.
- Start the machine and add salt and flour. Leave it running for 5-10 minutes.
- Grab the dough and put it in a lightly oiled container with a lid. Leave it to prove in room temperature for 2 hours. The dough will increase 2-3 times in size.
- Divide the dough into 4 parts, shape 4 smooth doughballs (about 210g a peice) and place each ball in a small lightly oiled container with a lid. Leave it in the fridge over night.
- Remove the doughballs from the fridge about 30-60 minutes before its time to cook, giving the dough a final proofing and also makes the dough softer to work with.
- Mix tomatoes and salt - done. No need to cook it in any way.
- You could of course prepare a more advanced sauce, but this simple version works really well on a pizza.
- Start the oven to maximum setting with the grill active. Place the oven rack high up of the oven and the pizza steel on top of it. A pizza steel might take an hour to reach optimal temperature.
- Lightly flour a workspace.
- Grab a dough ball and start flatten it from the center. Be gentle and do NOT use a rolling pin.
- When the dough if large enough to fit the palm of your hand, press the palm gently in the center and pull the dough with the other hand. Turn the dough 45-90 degrees, stretch and repeat the process until you have a round pizza dough. It takes a bit of practice to get right, but the pizza will turn out much better.
- Spread tomato sauce on the dough, add the curry powder, cheese, ham and sliced banana.
- With a pizza spade - transfer the pizza to the pizza steel in the oven. Remove when the dough have a good color and the cheese have melted.
- Add some salted peanuts - done!