Not Sure If Food Delivery During a Pandemic Is Safe? Make Your Own Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza
While the operation of restaurants is forbidden in general, the issue that most concerns people around the world is how safe is it to order food while the coronavirus is spreading rapidly. While world experts who are monitoring the spread of the pandemic claim that the chance of transmitting COVID-19 through food and packaging is small, caution is still recommended.
Essentially, food delivery is only allowed to those companies that can make it contactless. In most developed countries, all registered catering facilities are closed, and only those who can deliver food to consumers or the markets without contact are allowed to work.
Which Brands Do People Around the World Prefer for Delivery?
According to Google Keyword Planner, worldwide searches for keywords related to the food delivery went up by almost 300 % between March and May. Logically, there are takeout brands that people are searching for more than others.
It turned out that McDonald’s surpassed other searches for branded fast food companies. The numbers say that 41 of 81 countries for which data was available typed McDonald’s in search bars for food takeout. Although it’s the California-based company, the highest concentration of those searches came from Europe: 26 of the 30 nations in the Old Continent craved its products.
How’s India Ranked for Takeout?
What about India? Well, it was the seventh country in the world for the biggest spike in regard to this (68 %). Among the countries whose citizens most often ordered takeout per capita (counting the size of the population), India is 10th with one search for every 1,457 people (891,900 searches in total) according to Betway What Indians order most is pizza and, of course, the kind of pizza with tikka chicken on it.
Yes, you can order it from the comfort of your home but also you can make one yourself. We’ll share a simple recipe for chicken tikka masala pizza that will make your day. It’s an easy homemade recipe, especially if you already have tikka leftovers from some previous meal in the refrigerator. This chicken tikka masala pizza recipe calls for store-bought pizza dough. If you aren’t a fan of it, make your own pizza dough but don’t forget that it requires a rest overnight to have the necessary structure. The ingredient list is a bit long and it does take some time to make this pizza but trust us, it will pay off.
- For the chicken tikka masala marinade:
- 250g of boneless chicken (cut into small cubes)
- 2 tbsp of yogurt
- 1/4 tsp of crushed garlic
- 1/4 tsp of paprika
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp of cumin
- 1/4 tsp of garam masala
- Dash of cinnamon
- Dash of clove
- Dash of powdered ginger
- For the tomato sauce:
- 5 tbsp of tomato purée
- 1 tbsp of yogurt
- Dash of paprika
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Dash of crushed garlic
- Additional Topping
- 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 tsp of crushed garlic
- 1 tsp of oil
- 75g to 100g of grated mozzarella
- Handful of cilantro (chopped, reserve a few tsp for garnish)
- 1/4 tsp of garam masala (mix with two ingredients below and set aside)
- 1/4 tsp of paprika
- 1/4 tsp of cumin
- Making the chicken tikka masala and the tomato sauce:
Combine all the ingredients together and let marinate for an hour in the refrigerator. After that, preheat oven to 200˚C. Spread the chicken marinade onto a piece of aluminum foil and let bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the tomato sauce by mixing all ingredients together. Remove the half-cooked chicken from the oven and discard any marinade juice.
- Preparing the pizza dough:
Preheat oven to 180˚C, half an hour before baking the pizza. Spoon the tomato sauce in the middle of store-bought pizza dough, then use the back of the spoon to spread it outwards. Repeat until completely covering dough. The rest of the tomato sauce will be used for the tikka chicken.
At this point, bake the pizza for 5. During that time, heat the 1 tsp of oil in a pan, and add the crushed garlic and sliced onion. Add a pinch of garam masala, paprika and cumin mixture, cook until transparent, and set aside.
In the same pan, add the tomato sauce and a pinch of the garam masala mixture, cook it for 2 minutes, and then put in the tikka chicken. Let it cook for 2 minutes.
- The final touch:
Remove the pizza from the oven, let it heat, sprinkle half of the mozzarella, and place the tikka chicken followed by the sautéed onions. Top with chopped cilantro, mozzarella and, sprinkle the rest of the garam masala mixture.
Bake until the edges are golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool a bit before serving.
Enjoy your pizza!