Pahaadi Pijja, Mountain Pizza from Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Pahaadi Pijja, they call that for Mountain Pizza! And that is what we had as sweet dish at a dhaba (roadside inn) on our way to Chail from Kufri.After a sumptuous lunch, the dhaba owner was very keen to treat us to this specialty of his place. “You must taste this mountain pizza” he insisted… “this is much tastier than the ones you get in your cities” he bragged. He got me curious.. he says it is a sweet dish and then he says it is a pizza.. what could it be?! I positioned myself near his chulha (stove) burning bright with pieces of red hot coal, to take pictures and learn the way he makes it.

Mountain Pizza Preparation

He started off with a rolling out a roti (Indian bread), lightly heated it up both sides. It wasn’t fully cooked yet. This looked simple, at least I can start on my own at home… I thought.

Mountain Pizza

Next he sprinkled some grounded gud (jaggery) on it and then poured ghee (clarified butter) very generously over the whole roti. “It is not going to take long” he kept assuring while going through the process. “This will keep your body warm” he said, as if to highlight ts food value.The ingredients looked fine and easily available types to me.

 

Mountain Pizza from Kufri

Next he placed it on a mesh grill and placed it directly on the coal burning bright inside the chulha. Soon a slight aroma of ghee wafted around, it was making me impatient and curious. The ingredients that went in should definitely produce wonderful results.

Needless to say the result was mouth watering. The gud and ghee melted and mixed; and was sizzling and teasing. The golden glow on it was a stamp of perfection, a little more heat would have spoilt it, I concluded. The chef now ran his pizza cutter on the freshly made mountain pizza criss-cross. It took lot of effort from my end to not grab at the pieces.

Then forgetting all my worries of calories I placed a piece in my mouth. Slowly I chewed on it. It was different! A crispy pizza oozing with sweet juices! It looked amazingly simple contrary to the first impression I got when he said pahaadi pijja. Such local flavors enhance the joy of travel!

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42 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    that sounds delicious!

  2. Renuka says:

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing, Indrani!

  3. George says:

    A sweet pizza does sound different, but delicious. Are you going to try this at home?

  4. Panchali says:

    Wow…the pijja looks so tempting!!In fact,…the smoke should add more to its flavor. Interesting post, Indrani. Thanks for sharing..

  5. Carver says:

    That looks delicious and interesting to see it being prepared.

  6. Anna says:

    This looks delicious, Indra!
    and I think it taste and smell amazing… 😉
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

  7. Cloudia says:

    Sounds Wonderful!

    "Definition: Gud or Jaggery is the Indian name for unrefined sugarcane sugar. It is widely used in both savory and sweet dishes all over India. Gud is usually sold in block form. Since no preservatives or chemicals are added to it during its preparation and also because it is made in iron vessels and retains a large amount of the element, it is thought to be far more nutritious than refined sugar. In Indian cooking, Gud is often added to savory dishes to enhance their flavor. Used in sweet dishes, it imparts a unique, earthy taste. In India, people often offer Gud to family and friends while making any announcement of good news… to sweeten the mouth!"
    http://indianfood.about.com/od/glossaryofterms/g/gud.htm

    Aloha

  8. I want to eat this post!

  9. Bibi says:

    Sounds delicious.

  10. Krishna says:

    Delicious food

    thanks

  11. ladyfi says:

    Looks delicious!

  12. Meena says:

    i would luv to hv a pice of tht!

  13. A different kind of piza 🙂

  14. Interesting delicacy!

  15. Smita says:

    Travelling exposes you to such a variety of things.

  16. Gary says:

    Sure looks good. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  17. Sounds gorgeous. I would stay at home and bake a Pahaadi Pijja, but I don't have a fire.

  18. It looks tasty! I'm glad you forgot about your fear of calories. 🙂

  19. I am a pizza junkie….my fav is covered in fresh veggies and lots of cheese with plenty of fresh tomatoes. But that one sounds wonderful…just needs more stuff!!
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

  20. trying local cuisines surely contributes to the 1/4th joy of traveling 🙂

  21. It looks delicious. . 🙂

  22. Kusum Sanu says:

    Like the name- Pahari Pizza! Ha ha, ghee and gur, so must be lovely taste!

  23. Yummy!!! I think I would like that.

  24. Anjan Roy says:

    My watering is mouth…~~~

    ohho…my mouth is watering…

  25. lip smacking stuff.like it

  26. aamjunta says:

    wow… indianized 🙂 delicious…

  27. Tasty and mouth watering, yummy 🙂

  28. i want this yummy one!!

  29. Sourav Das says:

    Melted jaggery on ghee..oh! Looks delicious!

  30. Quite a surprise pizza dish this ended up being…gud and ghee wow!
    Thanks for sharing!

  31. Mmmmmmmm, mouthwatering. Did you try it out at home later?

  32. Namrota says:

    I want to try this Yummylicious Pijja now 😀

  33. Sangeeta says:

    Oh my goddd!! This is so amazing!! I want this pijja, too!

  34. juzta mum says:

    Wow such a simple recipe….and sounds real yum!!!!!!!! A must try

  35. krishna says:

    This kind of simple during travel is always memorable. i think that dish is very simple but really delicious..

  36. wow!!! that sounds delicious!!!!! missed this when we went to kufri!!! now i have to go back all the way 😀

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