Maneet Chauhan, a featured judge on Chopped and the owner of several buzzy Nashville restaurants (including her latest, the Mockingbird), isn’t the only chef in her house. Her daughter, Shagun, at just six years old, already knows her way around the kitchen.
“She loves rolling out the dough for flatbreads,” says Maneet. “That’s what inspired us to make pizza together. Pizza is a great segue into unfamiliar flavors—plus you can pile on the veggies."
Pizza night also serves a larger purpose: teaching Shagun and Karma, Maneet’s three-year-old son, about their heritage.
“My husband and I grew up in India, so saag and tikka sauces are very nostalgic for us,” says Maneet. “Our kids were born here, so they gravitate toward mac and cheese and pizza. We make pizza with naan and tikka sauce, and we get the best of both worlds.”
Maneet opened her first restaurant after having her first child. “That’s when people usually step back from their careers, but I went the other way,” she says. “I wanted my daughter to look up to me.”
Build a Pizza
Then, spread the tikka or saag sauce on naan (you can use store-bought, or try Maneet's Homemade Naan recipe).
Top with shredded chicken, sliced vegetables, and shredded mozzarella or crumbled paneer cheese. Broil until the cheese melts.
Maneet likes tikka topped with chicken, sausage, or roasted seasonal vegetables. Shagun is fond of saag with sausage, pepperoni, and extra cheese.