We invented this unusual rice cake pizza during lockdown
The taste was unusual, too. In a good way
If there was a restaurant that offered the most random combinations of dishes ever, I’m sure my mother would be the owner. She loves to mix two different dishes together – and rarely gets it wrong.
Her latest dish? Idly (rice cake) pizza. Did you ever think of such a thing? I certainly didn’t. I mean, why would I bother to mix a South Indian staple food with an Italian delicacy? It’s madness. Fortunately, she never saw it that way – and I’m glad for that.
If you’re wondering whether this has a pizza base, I will stop you right there. It doesn’t. The method of prepare this dish is basically toasting one side of the idly batter on a tawa and then flipping it the other way round to garnish the toasted side with vegetables, pizza sauce and cheese.
Pretty simple and definitely unique. I would’ve liked the outer layer to be on the crunchy side, but then, we would’ve had to fry it – and that would make it quite complicated. My mother likes to keep things simple and easy.
The tomato sauce and cheesy vegetable topping definitely provided the idly with a pizza-esque taste. The initial bites felt a little unreal to the tongue – as if the mind wasn’t ready to accept such a soft rice-based base with that Italian flavour. However, the toasted parts of the idly really blended well, and those were my favourite bites of this meal.