Margherita Naan Pizza


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes


    Individual Pizzas

Appears in

Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food


By Nik Sharma

Published 2018

  • About


  • Dough of 1 recipe Naan
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the pizza
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 2 tsp dried red chili flakes
  • 2 tsp cornmeal or semolina
  • ¼ cup [50 g] Ghee, melted
  • 1 cup [185 g] cherry tomatoes, halved crosswise
  • 1 cup [160 g] grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup [80 g] shredded mozzarella
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 Tbsp flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


Place a baking steel or pizza stone on a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 500°F [260°C] for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into two equal parts and shape into balls. Cover one ball with a kitchen towel. On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll the remaining ball into a circle ⅛ in [4 mm] thick and 12 in [30 cm] in diameter. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel. Repeat with the second ball of dough.

Crack the coriander lightly with a mortar and pestle, add the nigella seeds and chili flakes, and set aside.

Prepare one pizza at a time: Flip over a baking sheet, wrong-side up, and place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 tsp of the flour and 1 tsp of the cornmeal on the parchment to coat evenly. Place a rolled-out circle of dough on top of the paper and drizzle with a little melted ghee. Spread out half of the tomatoes over the dough. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella and 1 Tbsp of the spices in the mortar. Slide the circle of dough onto the preheated baking steel, discard the parchment paper, and shut the oven door. Lower the heat to 425°F [220°C] and bake until the edges of the crust start to turn golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Garnish with half the chopped chives and flaky salt, and drizzle with a little extra ghee. Repeat with the remaining circle of dough and serve the pizzas hot.