|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Odisha, India|
|Main ingredients||Chhena 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 Burnt Cheese in Odia. Chhena means cheese and Poda means burnt. It is made of well-kneaded homemade fresh cheese chhena, sugar, semolina, and is baked for several hours until it browns. There is also an easy way of making it in Oven or Air Fryer which takes just 20 minutes. Chhena poda is known as one of the Indian dessert whose flavor is predominantly derived from the caramelization of sugar.
Chhenapoda originated in the Odia village of Dasapalla in the first half of the twentieth century. The owner of a confectionery, Sudarsan Sahu decided to add sugar and seasonings to leftover chhena 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.
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. The recipe is easy to make and just requires 10 minutes of preparation and 20 minutes for cooking.
First cottage cheese(paneer) is mashed and mixed with Sugar(artificial sweeteners can also be used), Water, Ghee, Cardamom Powder, and optional Dry Fruits. Then the dish is put inside the preheated oven for about 15 minutes at 180-degree Celsius. It is finally cooled or refrigerated before serving.
Quick and Easy Chhena Poda Recipe in 10 Minutes
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