Jun 19, 2011

Basic Pizza Dough Recipe / How to Make Pizza Dough from Scratch

This is a basic pizza dough that is used to make all kinds of stuff like buns,pizzas,calzones and many more..I am planning to post so many recipes that calls for this dough,so I thought of posting this dough recipe as a separate post..Today I made some nice masala buns..I will post that recipe tomorrow...So please try this and let me know what you think..

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Resting Time : 1 hour


All Purpose flour / Maida -2 cup + more as needed
Dry Yeast - 1.5 tsp
Sugar - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Warm Water-1 cup or as needed
Olive oil-1 tblspn


Take flour in a bowl and mix salt with it.

Mix yeast,sugar with warm water and set it aside for 5 min or till it foam up.

Add the yeast water with the flour mixture and make a soft dough

Apply oil all over it generously and cover it..

Cover it with a damp cloth and Set this aside in a warm place till it doubles in size( for about 1 hour).

When it doubles,knock out the air and knead the dough for 3 min. Add extra flour if you need

Now it is ready to use for your yummies.


1)The dough which you make should be very soft and slightly sticky before the first rise, once it is risen then add more more and knead to a soft dough. This ensures that the pizza base turn crispy and chewy.

2)You can refrigerate the dough for a week. And use whenever you need. But make sure you use a big bowl or container, because they do rise in the fridge.

3)You can use other oil or butter in the dough. But in my opinion olive oil gives the real flavour.

Take yeast in a bowl

add sugar

now lets activate the yeast

Pour warm water  over it

let it sit for 5 mins

add flour over this

season with salt

mix well

Now it is all combined...
At this point the dough will be very soft and slightly sticky..This sticky dough will gives the best pizza base
add little oil over this, to prevent the dough forming a skin

knead well..
cover with a plastic wrap
And set aside till it is doubled in size

Look how beautifully it has risen

So puffy

Knock back the air down
I forgot to take pictures of knocking the dough..
so when i made a second batch i too these pictures,
 hence different bowl..You can add more flour and knead it to
soft dough

This is how it looks once you have knocked the air out

Now you can use this in your recipes


Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

Nothing will replace the homemade stuffs, pizza dough looks wonderful..

Charles said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, how did you cook it in the end? I recently bought a pizza stone which you put in the bottom of the oven and cook it on the stone... it makes amazing pizza!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Can't wait to try this pizza dough - sounds wonderful, my kids will be thrilled. Now following you

Rosita Vargas said... Best Blogger Tips

esta es la verdadera masa para las pizzas dobla en tamaño y sacar el aire,queda crujiente y no se endurece al otro día felicitaciones,cariños y abrazos.

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for posting this basic dough procedure. Very useful post

Hamaree Rasoi

Vardhini said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so perfect Aarthi.

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Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

very useful for me..thanks for sharing!

Santosh Bangar said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for sharing tips of making pizza dough

Kalpana Sareesh said... Best Blogger Tips

wow i hv never tried this at home.. its perfect will try it..

Hovkonditorn said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! It is always nice to find new food blogs! Have a great day!

Sharmilee! :) said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds gud....Useful post

sonu said... Best Blogger Tips

pizza dough looks simply perfect..soft and elastic ..good recipe !

Anna Johnston said... Best Blogger Tips

It's always great to have a quick dough recipe on hand, thanks for sharing this it looks great.

S.Menaga said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi dear,thx u for ur lovely comment..happy to follow u..u have a nice collection.

pizza dough looks wonderful!!

Rinku Naveen said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarti
Thanks for dropping by and for ur lovely comments.
I have been your follower since some time now guess from May this year :)
Do let me know if you don't see me on the followers list. Will follow again. Thanks

The Blonde Duck said... Best Blogger Tips

Popped in to say hi! I've always loved making pizza!

RAKS KITCHEN said... Best Blogger Tips

I too follow almost a similar method! Keeper!

Barbara said... Best Blogger Tips

We all need a basic pizza dough recipe, Aarthi; it leads to all sorts of tasty new results! :) Love calzones!

Cooking Creation said... Best Blogger Tips

The best pizza dough is definitely homemade. I load mine with garlic. YUM!

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Hai Aarathi...You have got a lovely space and nice collection of recipes...Thanks for dropping at my space and your lovely comments.
Pizza dough is a very useful post and You have explained it very nicely.

tasteofbeirut said... Best Blogger Tips

Great recipe to have on hand!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this recipe dear :)

WizzyTheStick said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarti, thanks for stopping my site. Love getting to know the sites of others

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, I have a doubt, should we use Dry yeast or wet yeast for making the dough? UmaRaghu

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips


I used dry yeast..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, Is it possible to make the dough well in advance and store it in fridge. If so how many days we can store and use? Please reply, since it will be very useful for me to make in bulk and store it in fridge ( Especially before preparing for party's) - UmaRaghu/Poland

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousyes u can store in fridge for upto a week..

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Can you tell me 2 cups of all purpose flour is equal to how many grams of all purpose flour/Maida

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous It is around 240 to 250 grams..

Priety Maheshwari said... Best Blogger Tips

my yeast mixture has nt got frothy despite being kept for one hour. nd even I used dry yeast...whts wrong ..Help

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Priety MaheshwariIt is because of three reason.

1)You must have added yeast to cold water. It wont get activated in cold water.

2)You must have added yeast to very hot water, so it must have killed yeast.

3)Your yeast must be expired. Always store yeast in fridge. Throw the yeast away and get a new batch.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Can we make pav buns and breads frm this dough as well.tia

Abubakarb Bakar said... Best Blogger Tips

From this dough can we make just one pizza
I mean 2 cups of Maida is enough for making one pizza's dough? ???

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Abubakarb BakarYes u can make

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous Here is the link for pav buns

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Can I freeze this pizza dough and use it whenever needed ?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousYes u can freeze it individual portions and thaw it before using

kanika mehra said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, can any other oil instead of olive oil be used?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@kanika mehraYes u can use any oil as u wish

Garima Jain said... Best Blogger Tips

Substitute of yeast..??

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarti... i cnt find eaisly in nearest market... cn u plz tell me how to prepare pizza dough without yeast..?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Garima Jainno sub for yeast in pizza dough

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

2 cup maida measurmnt equal to how much gm in making pizza dough???

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Pizza dough is ready.. plz tell me wot next to do fo pizza base..?

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousCheck this recipe

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous2 cup maida is 240 grams

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the best dough recipe ever.. No fail experience both the times I tried.. Many prayers your way....

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

If we dont have baking tray what else can i use instead of it

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousu can use a plate

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Aarthi, have tried this recipe last week n let me tell you how beautifully it turned out..!! Wish i could send u a pic. Still basking in all the compliments I received. Now I want to know if I could try making sub sanwich bread out if this dough? Thanks again. Keep up the good work.!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymousyes u can make subway sandwich bread.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Is it 1 or 1.5 tsp yeast.bcoz in pictorial representatiom its shows only 1tssp so a doubt arised

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousNo it is 1.5 tsp, i used it because of the spoon.I dont have a 1.5 tsp

Indu said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi aarthi,

Could u please tell me how to use instant yeast for making pizza dough.this is the first time I will be using yeast so,I have got no idea.

Thanks in advance

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Indujut add instant yeast in with the flour and other ingredients and knead it to a very soft sticky dough. Then proceed with other steps