Forever Nigella: Naan Pizza

For those of you following along in your “everything British” playbook, this year marks Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as Monarch. In her honor, all sixteen sovereign states of the Commonwealth realm are celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with festivities culminating this upcoming weekend. That being said, it is rather apropos that this month’s Forever Nigella challenge is to prepare and blog any Nigella recipe that would be eaten during the Diamond Jubilee.

Now although India declared its independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, it can’t be denied that Indian influences still exist in the British food conscience. For instance, Nigella herself relies on “shop-bought” naan as the delicious crust for a quick and easy homemade pizza, which is what I made for this month’s submission!

Surprisingly enough, I had homemade naan, canned mushrooms, thyme and tomato sauce on hand. All I had to buy was smoked fontina. I’ll definitely be including this naan pizza in my regular rotation because it was an extremely satisfying lunch, and now I have a new found preference for fontina! If you’d like to make this recipe, it can be found in Nigella Express or online here.

This month’s Forever Nigella #15 is being hosted by Nelly of Nelly’s Cupcakes. If you can’t make it in time to join us this month, feel free to join us next month! Forever Nigella is organised by Sarah at Maison Cupcake.

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    May 28, 2012 @ 08:55:08

    Fantastic! I can’t believe I’ve not seen this in Nigella Express – must go back and have another read! Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella x

  2. Suzi
    May 28, 2012 @ 09:07:31

    This looks really yummy and I do love fontina cheese but I don’t think I have ever had the smoked. Sounds delicious.

  3. Serene
    May 28, 2012 @ 09:26:04


  4. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:23:42

    I love naan pizza!

  5. Ameena
    May 28, 2012 @ 10:42:09

    There is so much Indian influence in London! I love all the amazing hybrid Indian dishes I find there. Can’t wait to have Masala Zone and Fortnum & Mason chutneys again. šŸ™‚

    Love this recipe. Simple yet tasty.

  6. machisan
    May 28, 2012 @ 11:17:29

    What a great idea! Iā€™m off to my freezer in search

  7. Anita Menon
    May 28, 2012 @ 11:43:42

    A delightful idea. Nan+ pizza , never thought of it before. Need to make it with chicken or veggies for sure. Looks sumptuous

  8. Ronda
    May 28, 2012 @ 12:59:29

    I just saw frozen naan pizza yesterday when shopping. Yours looks much better!

  9. thekalechronicles
    May 28, 2012 @ 13:40:10

    I have met few pizzas I did not like: one of the things I like about them is that you can make them in a pinch on a tortilla, a piece of French bread, or with naan, as you did.

  10. Choc Chip Uru
    May 28, 2012 @ 15:07:41

    What a delicious way to celebrate my friend – being Indian, I can never resist a naan pizza myself šŸ˜‰

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Cakelaw
    May 28, 2012 @ 16:05:13

    What a fabulous looking pizza – I am sure that Her Maj herself would love this.

  12. bakingaddict
    May 28, 2012 @ 16:24:19

    What a great idea! I’ll have to get some naan bread and make this for dinner next week. A great Nigella recipe for the challenge šŸ™‚

  13. Mary Hirsch
    May 28, 2012 @ 17:54:47

    This looks like a fun group and we all know there is more going on in London this year than the Olympics. Sixty years, a big deal and crowns off to your Forever Nigella group for acknowledging it. Believe it or not, I have Trader Joe’s Tandoori Naam in my freezer. Tomorrow, pizza, in honor of the Queen and Ghandi.

  14. Norma Chang
    May 28, 2012 @ 19:30:30

    Very creative use of naan, your finished dish and photos lovely as usual.

  15. atasteofmadess
    May 28, 2012 @ 19:36:28

    Oh man, this looks too good! I always have a stock of naan bread in my house, some out, some in the freezer, But I have never made it at home. Must try. This looks great

  16. Anna @ the shady pine
    May 28, 2012 @ 20:08:42

    This pizza looks so cheesy and delicious with the added falvour of a naan base!

  17. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    May 28, 2012 @ 20:41:35

    What a perfect lunch! I love fontina, it melts so well! Looks scrumptious!

  18. profiterolesandponytails
    May 28, 2012 @ 20:46:14

    I can see why you’re adding this to your rotation. I could see making this on a weeknight….like soon!

  19. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    May 28, 2012 @ 23:26:08

    We’re supposed to cook for the queen this weekend? I’m always the last to know. šŸ™‚ This pizza looks like a terrific lunch.

  20. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 29, 2012 @ 01:24:08

    Great recipe you picked for this month’s challenge! The naan pizza looks delish.

  21. Dolly
    May 29, 2012 @ 04:57:39

    What an awesome idea… mmmmh chessy!

  22. JasmyneTea
    May 29, 2012 @ 07:40:50

    Naan is an interesting idea, we sometimes use Lebanese bread, it comes out super crispy!

  23. Andrea Perullo
    May 29, 2012 @ 08:11:32

    That looks SO good!

  24. Ryan
    May 29, 2012 @ 08:49:47

    Your naan pizza looks delicious and I love the sound of smoked Fontina! I’m sure this pizza was extra good on homemade naan!

  25. Inger Wilkerson
    May 29, 2012 @ 09:22:45

    A naan pizza crust–what a great idea. And it would be fun to let my kids do their own toppings on these.

  26. Paula@Vintage Kitchen notes
    May 29, 2012 @ 09:24:15

    I have the feeling I might put this on a regular recipe rotation too! I love smoked cheeses and use fontina a lot. I wonder if I can find it here. Lovely pizza!

  27. mary
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:21:33

    this looks so decedent and deliicous – real comfort food – supberb!
    mary x

  28. Dara
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:31:15

    This is such a great idea! I love store bought nan – I’ve even found whole wheat versions. Great post.

  29. April Harris (@apriljharris)
    May 29, 2012 @ 10:43:16

    You nan pizza looks delicious! I like the mushroom / thyme combination – yum! I have made pizza with nan as well and it makes a beautiful crust.

  30. Maddy
    May 29, 2012 @ 13:46:32

    Wow…naan and pizza?! Two of my all-time favorite things!

  31. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    May 29, 2012 @ 14:12:05

    Looks great I bet it tastes delicious, heading to check the recipe!

  32. Simply Life
    May 29, 2012 @ 19:32:00

    I love using naan as a base for meals!

  33. Hotly Spiced
    May 29, 2012 @ 21:14:54

    What a delicious looking naan pizza. And I love fontina cheese! xx

  34. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    May 29, 2012 @ 23:03:08

    I love to make pizza from naan, and we just discovered an Iraqi bakery close by that has a tandoori they make theirs in. I’ve never made it myself, but your post may inspire me to do so…yours looks terrific!

  35. FiSh
    May 30, 2012 @ 03:20:35

    simple and delicious šŸ™‚ love more cheese there

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  36. Cher
    May 30, 2012 @ 07:08:56

    We love these in our house too šŸ™‚

  37. Kathy
    May 30, 2012 @ 07:44:19

    These look so delicious! And I love Fontina cheese! Yummy!

  38. Katerina
    May 30, 2012 @ 07:58:19

    I love fusing food from different cultures. Makes meals much more interesting! This pizza is such a great idea! I love pizza!

  39. Louise
    May 30, 2012 @ 08:17:04

    A pizza I can actually prepare myself And, one I will probably enjoy too! (I’m not much on Pizza, but don’t tell anyone:)

    Thanks for sharing the festivities, Yummy…

  40. Savory Simple
    May 30, 2012 @ 08:33:48

    This looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    May 30, 2012 @ 09:46:11

    Naan pizza sounds great, especially with smoked fontina!

  42. Liz
    May 30, 2012 @ 11:56:52

    What a quick and delicious dinner….I’m going to have to try some fontina on my next pizza šŸ™‚

  43. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 30, 2012 @ 18:32:22

    This naan pizza looks incredible!

  44. Reem | Simply Reem
    May 30, 2012 @ 21:37:59

    I agree Naan works amazing well as pizza base, some how indian fusion with italian sweetheart pizza is absolutely perfect!!
    This looks fabulous!!

  45. Ashley - BakerbyNature
    May 30, 2012 @ 22:08:14

    As if I don’t crave pizza enough already…!! Love the idea of using naan as a crust – way too convient!

  46. Chaya
    May 30, 2012 @ 22:28:28

    Naan seems perfect for pizza and this pizza is oozing goodness.

  47. Purely.. Kay
    May 30, 2012 @ 23:00:09

    Just look at that pizza. I am drooling.. sincerely drooling and don’t care either lol.

  48. eatinglikeahorse
    May 31, 2012 @ 00:32:55

    Hooray for the Jubilee! Can’t wait, everything’s going red, white and blue mad over here!
    I’ve never heard of fontina but whatever it is looks delicious on that pizza šŸ™‚

  49. Akila
    May 31, 2012 @ 00:45:18

    Very yummy

  50. Kristin
    May 31, 2012 @ 09:16:28

    We make homemade pizza nearly every week! Yum!

  51. mireia
    May 31, 2012 @ 09:39:13


  52. Holly
    May 31, 2012 @ 11:13:40

    Mmmmm this looks fantastic! Wish I had some right now! šŸ™‚

  53. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    May 31, 2012 @ 11:54:02

    Homemade naan? WOW! This pizza-esque dish looks so yummmy…especially with Fontina. Good Call.

  54. Beth
    May 31, 2012 @ 16:28:16

    Naan is delicious on its own, and as a pizza base! Really looks good.

  55. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 31, 2012 @ 22:43:22

    Hmm yummy! It looks so delicious. I’ve never thought of using naan for pizza. I need to be more creative. I might use naan instead of homemade pizza dough for a quick pizza!

  56. sara
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 13:28:53

    Mmmm, that pizza looks so tasty! Love the idea of using naan for the crust – a great idea!

  57. Amanda
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 02:05:07

    I bookmarked this because I see naan in my future and we LOVE pizza around here! Thanks for the great idea!

  58. sheof108names
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 01:47:13

    Love this naan pizza, my little one will love it. Thanks for sharing.

  59. balvinder ( Neetu)
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 22:23:21

    The British have also left some of their customs with Indians like drinking tea.
    The pizza looks interesting on Naan.

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  61. Zen and Genki
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 23:11:43

    oh yum!!

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