Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Chhena Poda | Cottage Cheese Cake

Chhena poda is a popular and tasty cheese sweet delicacy from the state of odisha. Chhena poda means burnt cheese in odia. It is made by baking of well kneaded homemade fresh chhena, sugar, dry fruits (cashew nuts & raisins) and sooji until brown in color. After baking, the result is a soft cheese cake with caramelization all around. This is basically a sweet dish of chhena (cottage cheese) having a distinct strong flavor of caramel. So below are the step by step method of preparation.

Preparation Time : 10 mins      |      Cooking Time : 50 mins

Ingredients :        

Chhena (cottage cheese)
500 gm
¾ cup
6 tbsp
½ cup
Sooji / semolina
4 tbsp
Cardamom powder
1 tsp
Cashews (chopped)
2 tbsp
2 tbsp

​Method :
  1. In a pan, fry chopped cashews and few raisins. Keep aside.
  2. For caramelized effect on top of chhena poda, apply ghee (2 tbsp) all over the baking mould and then sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar. Put the baking mould into the oven for 5 mins at 210 deg. Remove from oven and keep aside too.
  3. Preheat the oven at 180 deg.
  4. Take chhena and mash it well by hand. Then add sugar(1/2 cup), cardamom powder and mix properly.
  5. Next add sooji, ghee (4 tbsp), milk, fried chopped cashews & raisins and mix well till everything incorporates well.
  6. Transfer the chhena mixture into the mould evenly. Tap the mould a bit and bake at 180 deg for 40-45 mins / till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Take out the mould, cool it for 1-2 hours and then turn it upside down to get the deliciously soft chhena poda.
  8. Cut into slices and serve hot / cold !

Notes :
  • Do not change the quantity of sugar for caramelization.
  • Chhena poda can stay fresh refrigerated for up to 1-2 days.

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