This year Diwali will be celebrated on November 3rd. I first learned of the Indian holiday last year, when of all things, my daughter brought home a Diwali colouring sheet from preschool. Halifax is a very multicultural city and I was a bit embarrassed that I was so far distanced from a holiday that people in my own neighbourhood celebrate.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali is India’s largest and most important holiday. With bright lights, great food and festive clothes, it would be safe to call it the Hindu equivalent to Christmas, although it originated as a harvest festival. The lights of Diwali (in the form of little clay pots, sparklers or fireworks), represent the inner light that protects the Hindu people from spiritual darkness.
When I think party, I think pizza; so that’s just where I went when I wanted to use Patak’s products to create a meal for our family to celebrate our first Diwali (albeit a bit early).
Spicy Butter Chicken Pizza - 1, 16″ (large) pizza
- 1 recipe my pizza dough (this time I used 50% whole wheat flour with 100% success)
- 1/2 jar Patak’s Spicy Butter Chicken Cooking Sauce
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cilantro for garnish
- Patak’s Sweet Mango Chutney for dipping
While pizza dough is rising, cut the chicken into bite-sized cubes and brown in a non-stick skillet. Stir in the cooking sauce and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, the chicken and sauce will continue cooking as the pizza bakes. Spread the pizza dough with sauce, equally scatter the mozzarella and then top with the chicken and any remaining sauce. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 20 minutes (16 convection). Garnish the cooked pizza with cilantro and serve with chutney on the side for dipping.
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.