Thai Curry Naan Pizza

Need dinner in a snap? Inspired by Thai flavors, this Thai curry naan pizza recipe is made in less than 30 minutes and features curry paste and cilantro.

Thai Curry Naan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

“Each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And these things happen – these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack open in places….But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And it’s only in that time that we can see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my ideas and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other.” ~John Green, Paper Towns

Despite having a great memory, for whatever reason I have a hard time connecting to memories of my past. As a constant dreamer, I live mainly in the future, harboring a strong embarrassment for the naivete of my former self. But today I had a fleeting memory of what it felt like to be the childhood me, fresh-faced and certain that I had life figured out. It was clean and formulaic. If I followed the rules, I could bypass disappointment and tragedy. I could be a watertight vessel.

As I soon found out, life is messy, and mine was not unlike any other. Heartbreak struck in various places: in love (too many times to count), in vocation and avocation, in health, in family. My vessel became cracked, and while I still clung to the fleeting idea of watertight perfection, I began to see the light that is between the cracks, the humanness of people who’ve been cracked and aren’t too scared to admit it and know your cracks too.

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I’m far from the first person to bring up the idea of online perfection, that those stylized photographs of quinoa bowls and waffle stacks and bright-white clean kitchens are an idealized version of reality. Yes, these images can present a myth of perfection. But behind each of them are real people, people with cracks and blemishes and insecurities. People who are simply seeking to capture beauty among the imperfectness of this life. I know from experience, behind each gorgeous image are at least 127 terrible ones of the same shot. And I’m certain the lives of the people behind the images are littered with cracks, just like mine.

Thai Curry Naan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

The recipe and photos in this post are no different. There were several naan pizza test run failures, with wimpy crust and too raw garlic and overly chunky tomatoes. When the flavors were finally finalized and it was time to shoot, the day was cloudy and the lighting difficult, and Alex and I argued about the best way to capture the “mood” of Thai pizza. I reheated the pizza frequently to keep the cheese looking oven fresh, and when we finally got to eat it was lukewarm.

We’ve been at this long enough, though, to see the beauty in the process and the imperfection. The satisfaction in the knowledge that though our kitchen looks like a train wreck, the flavors of Thai curry and fire-roasted tomatoes and cilantro and cashews actually work together. And despite the gray light, my hand picking up that pizza at the exact moment I was going to eat it (instead of pretending to) actually was our best shot. So I say, bring on the cracks and the reality and the imperfections! And in doing so, let us embrace the messiness that is cooking and life and love.

Thai Curry Naan Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Recipe notes: Asian-style pizza isn’t common, but the combination of Thai curry paste with tomatoes, cilantro and cashews worked wonderfully for us here. We ended up pre-baking the naan to keep for a crispy crust. One pizza per person works well if served with a large salad; if cooking for big appetites you may want to plan for 1 ½ to 2 per serving.

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Thai Curry Naan Pizza


1 Star (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Thai Inspired

Description

Need dinner in a snap? Inspired by Thai flavors, this Thai curry naan pizza recipe is made in less than 30 minutes and features curry paste and cilantro.


Ingredients

  • 4 pieces naan bread
  • 15 ounces Muir Glen crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • Handful fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place naan directly on the oven grate and pre-bake 3 to 4 minutes per side until crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine Muir Glen crushed fire-roasted tomatoes with 1½ tablespoons red curry paste, 2 teaspoons Sriracha, and a few pinches of kosher salt.
  3. Thinly slice the red pepper and green onions.
  4. When the naan is ready, spread each with the tomato mixture, then top with mozzarella cheese, vegetables, cashews, and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Bake for 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and garnish with a few cilantro leaves. Slice and serve immediately.

Keywords: Pita Pizza, Pizza, Italian, Thai, Pizza Sauce, Cheese, Vegetarian, Fast, Curry Paste, Thai Pizza, Naan Pizza

This recipe was developed for Muir Glen Tomatoes.

 

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 6, 2015 at 7:45 am

    This is such a cool idea!!! I love the curry paste on this. OMG!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    July 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Such a thoughtful post. I can totally relate. You guys do such an amazing job with your blog, despite the occasional crack! This idea for Thai pizza sounds incredibly delicious – can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply
    Erin@WellPlated
    July 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I love this beautiful, honest reflection (and have reheated many a pizza slice). Thanks for sharing it with openness, and I love the idea of combining a little Thai with a little Italian!

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    Erica
    July 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    A beautiful post, and really hits home for a newbie food blogger like me! And this pizza looks so amazing, I love Thai flavors. Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunny (finally!) Indianapolis weather!

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    sara
    July 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I used to love this Thai-inspired pizza at a place in my college town that I had completely forgotten about – thanks for the reminder and inspiration.

    Even if you hadn’t mentioned it in your last post, I can tell you’ve been reading some Brene! I have a long way to go on the path to authenticity and vulnerability, but it’s a comforting reminder that there are plenty of us on the same road!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    July 6, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    What a candid read. Your words painted the perfect picture of what’s it’s like to live with imperfection. ;-) Thank you for being honest and real and willing to embrace the cracks and flaws. In a time when the majority of what we see are those “perfect” snapshots of other’s lives, it can seem that social media is more harmful than helpful. This is why I love your blog. Love the flavor combo in this pizza too!

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    Maja
    July 7, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Looks amazing! I would try new pizza toppings a lot more if my BF wouldnt only like the classic pizza.. An he has the guts to call himself a pizza expert :P
    x M.
    http://nevermindnm.blogspot.com/

  • Reply
    Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen
    July 8, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Your writing always makes me smile. Beautifully written post! And the pizza looks incredible!!

  • Reply
    CakePants
    July 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I’ve never had an Asian-inspired pizza, but I can’t wait to try this! I especially love the addition of cashews.

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    Chris
    July 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Life is certainly messy. And it helps to remember, it’s not just us. Everybody has something beneath the surface, and it’s often a struggle. But the more people talk about struggles, the more we realize how together in this messy life we truly are (even in this internet friendship world). You express your vulnerability and struggles in a way that can help others see, and hopefully share, their own. For some reason, I just got the image of the “Hands Across America” from, I think, the 80’s in my head. Sappy, but cool.

    And, the pizza… Oh my.

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    Skinnyrunning
    July 10, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I love the inventive flavors. I sometimes use pesto for pizza but never thought of using curry paste. I will have to try this. http://www.skinnyrunning.wordpress.com

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    Anonymous
    June 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Great! Just as a heads up, you can add grilled chicken to the pizza as well… I just grilled the chicken, cut it into strips, and massaged some curry powder and Sriracha into the chicken, and then cooked it with the rest of the pizza. Great way to add some protein, and kudos to the author for a great recipe!

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