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Chhena poda
CourseDessert
Place of originIndia
Region or stateDashapalla, Odisha, India
Main ingredientsChhena cheese, sugar, cashew nuts raisins cardamom

Chhena poda (transl. Burnt cheese) is a cheese dessert from the Indian state of Odisha. Chhena poda literally means Baked Cheese in Odia.[1] It is made of well-kneaded homemade fresh cheese chhena, sugar, semolina, and is baked for several hours until it browns.[2] Chhena poda is known as one of the Indian dessert whose flavor is predominantly derived from the caramelisation of sugar.

Chenapoda of Pahala, Odisha

History

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Chhenapoda was invented by Sudarsan Sahu post 1947 after he set up a hotel in the village of Dashapalla and began experimenting with left over cottage cheese.[3]

Chhenapoda Dibasa is being celebrated since 11 April 2022, the birth anniversary of Sudarsan Sahoo.[4][5]

Preparation

Chhena poda is usually made at home during traditional festivals in Odisha, such as Durga Puja. Since the mid-1980s, it has gradually found its place in restaurant menus across Odisha. Odisha Milk Federation is investing heavily in mass-producing and popularising this delicacy, determined not to let this happen again.[6][7][8][9]

See also

References

  1. ^ Sahu, Deepika (2012). "Discover Odisha's 'sweet' magic". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2012. This mouth-watering sweet from Odisha literally means burnt cheese.
  2. ^ "The Sweet Bypass on NH5". UpperCrust.
  3. ^ "Inventor of 'Chhena Poda' passes away". Odisha TV. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  4. ^ Dash, Mrunal Manmay (12 April 2022). "Chhenapoda Dibasa: This is how Chhenapoda originated and evolved". Odisha TV. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Go ahead! Celebrate as it is Chhena Poda Dibasa". KalingaTV. 11 April 2022. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  6. ^ just-food.com editorial team (August 2002). "Orissa invests in marketing traditional confectionery product".
  7. ^ Rajaram Satpathy (15 August 2002). "Sweet wars: Chhenapoda vs rasagolla". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Chhena poda". The Hindu. 11 April 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009.
  9. ^ "Chhena poda". The Hindu. 11 April 2009. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.