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Aarti Paarti

My Mom’s Favorite: Mango Chutney, Prosciutto and Paneer Garlic Naan Pizza

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Many of you know what an avid fan I was watching the Next Food Network Star this season.  Originally rooting for a friend to win, after her departure I then became totally and madly in love with Aarti Sequeria, known as Aarti Paarti.  Her Indian inspired dishes with a twist have given me a new light for cooking and  made me love my spice cabinet even more.

When Aarti won her pilot with her Naan Pizza, I wanted to taste the recipe myself.  As much as  I was questioning in my head using mango chutney in the tomato sauce, I decided not to play with the recipe and to try to get a true feel of what the judges tasted in the Food Network Studios.

So I bought all my ingredients and got ready for cooking.  I prepared the tomato mango chutney sauce and adjusted the sauce by adding more water than called out on her original recipe.  ( I think my sauce might have been too thick based on the thicker texture of the Middle Eastern tomato paste I use. )  My other change was that I used fontina cheese instead of mozzarella since this is all I had in my fridge.  It worked perfectly with  paneer.

Well, the results were pretty amazing!!! The chutney just added a zing to the sauce and the seasoning combined with cheese worked perfectly on the Trader Joe’s brand Garlic Flavored Naan.

Besides winning my husband’s heart with the recipe, I also won my Mom’s.  I had saved a slice for her to try…. I know, I know – I was pretty thoughtful…  She called me to personally thank me the next day for the pizza.  When I answered the phone, instead of her usual check ups on how we’re all doing…(mind you that I see her almost every day, since she helps us in great depth with our girls.)  The very first sentence that came out of her mouth was in Armenian… here is the English translation: “Oh my God Adelle… that was such an amazing pizza.  Thanks so much! What did you have in  there? What was in the sauce?  How did you make it?   You need to show me how you prepared it! We need to make them together next time so I can see how exactly you prepared it! ”   After I told her it was pretty simple and ended my  call promising to share with her the recipe.

I was still surprised by her reaction… I already knew the pizza tasted good, hence why I shared.  Considering that she is so critical of everything I do, I was so happy that I won her attention with just a slice of pizza.  I was waiting for her to say  something more negative than positive…waiting for a more typical mom reply.

Anyways, my advice is to make them for your next get together.  It’s best to serve them warm.  This is definitely going to be a keeper for me… and my Mom too. Haha.

I guess this is why Aarti is the Next Food Network Star!!!! YAY!!!!  Here is the original recipe that I got from Food Network’s site.

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  • Anonymous

    it seems interesting and delicious, never tried or think a pizza with mango:) tx for recipe

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut

    I never watch food network and maybe I should! in any case, this naan with the cheese and tomato/mango sauce sounds intriguing and delicious!

  • http://ladymorgiana.wordpress.com/ Quaintrelle’s Cooking

    Thank you for yummy recipe :) I love this idea of pizza :)

  • Suchitra Vaidyaram

    Paneer garlic naan sounds delicious! Mouth watering recipe :)

  • Anonymous

    This pizza flavor sound so interesting and delicious! I bet the paneer was especially good… Thanks so much for sharing, I can see why this got her on food network. ;)

  • http://www.blackbookkitchendiaries.wordpress.com Blackbookkitchendiaries

    what a nice alternative to the regular pizza. looks really awesome:) thank you for sharing this.

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    Aww, aren’t you a sweet daughter saving a piece of pizza for your mom :) I do the same thing when I cook. This sounds really great and intriguing! I love Indian food and I love pizza, so I can imagine the flair in this dish :)

  • http://kathdedon.wordpress.com/ Kath

    This looks fabulous! (I LOVE Patak’s Chutney!) I’ve got some Trader Joe’s garlic naan in the freezer. I’ll be trying this soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    It looks amazing. And with mango chutney… must taste delicious.

  • Anonymous

    Nice simple recipe!

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa

    This is such a smart idea. It’s like Indian-Italian fusion all the way from the sauce to the toppings. I always love new ideas for pizza!

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com Torviewtoronto

    love the addition of mangoes

  • Jehancancook

    This is very different, I love Indian, so anything with paneer and mango chutney I have to try.

  • http://thejoyofcaking.wordpress.com Eileen

    That pizza does look delicious! Isn’t it nice to win someone’s heart with food once in awhile…

  • http://www.bakingbarrister.com Baking Barrister

    Oh mothers. What will we ever do with them. Anyway, I’d love to get my hands on one of these pizzas–they sound fabulous. Glad to hear they actually taste amazing and that the judges weren’t screwing with us. You know what would make them better? Homemade naan. I’ve always found the TJ naan to be sort of rubbery. You need to try making some yourself–it’s so easy, cheap and goooood. I bet it would impress your mom even more. Not that we need at impress our mothers at our ages…

  • http://costcocuisine.blogspot.com Mike

    This is an amazing pizza. We couldn’t get paneer, so we used fresh mozzarella and it still worked brilliantly.

    The posting on my blog about it did generate some traffic, so apparently other people have learned to love this too.

    Aarti was clearly the best choice and the best winner since Guy won several seasons ago.

  • Dee

    This looks wonderful. I have wondered if Naan would make a delicious pizza. Wow! Must try this soon.

  • http://www.saltyseattle.com saltyseattle

    It sure looks amazing, even if it sounds a touch exotic. Would love to try it, but I’ll have to satisfy myself with ogling at the screen:)

  • Foododelmundo

    This looks sooooo delicious! Naan is a favorite of mine, and it’s such a great idea to use it as a pizza crust. Loving the mom comments. It’s good to know 1) that mine isn’t the only one who’s critical and 2) that this pizza won her over instantly. Now THAT’S good pizza! -Katy

  • Lisa~Koreanamericanmommy

    That is so sweet your mom was so interested in your recipe! She must have been proud and in heaven. This recipe sounds so good. I love Indian and I came across Aarti not too long ago and she is such a talent and very natural. Thanks for stopping by and voting. It means a lot to me!

  • RavieNomNoms

    That looks delicious! It really does…fantastic idea for pizza!

  • http://ieatoats.wordpress.com/ Gree

    What an interesting combination, and I adore Indian food. I have been hearing a lot about Aarti Paarti, I need to check her stuff out!

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments… My mom has gotten her list of ingredients and will be making her version soon. I am also going to try making naan from scratch thanks to Baking Barrister. If anyone has a great recipe, please let me know.

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