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Chhena poda
Place of originIndia
Region or stateOdisha, India
Main ingredientsChhena cheese, sugar, cashew nuts and raisins

Chhena poda ((transl. Baked 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, 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 caramelization of sugar.

Chenapoda of Pahala, Odisha
Chenapoda of Pahala, Odisha


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Chhenapoda originated in the Odia village of Dasapalla in the first half of the twentieth century. The owner of a confectionery, Sudarsan Sahu[3] decided to add sugar and seasonings to leftover cottage cheese one night, and left it in the Indian Chulha that was still warm from earlier use. The next day, he was pleasantly surprised to find out what a scrumptious dessert he had created.

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


Chhena poda is usually made at home during traditional festivals in Odisha, such as Durga Puja. It is also served in small traditional roadside stalls and confectioneries throughout the state along with other delicacies such as rasagolla. 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 popularizing this delicacy, determined not to let this happen again.[6][7][8][9]

See also


  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 Television Ltd. 23 November 2016.
  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. ^ 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.