Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda | How to make Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda

By Moumita Malla  |  23rd Oct 2015  |  
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About Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda

Chena poda ( I prefer to call it Paneer Cake ) is a sweet dish from the state of Odisha in the eastern India. It literally means burnt cheese. In Odiya language, Chena means cottage cheese or paneer and Poda means burnt. You can make it at home in Pressure cooker.

Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda is delicious and authentic dish. Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda by Moumita Malla is a great option when you want something interesting to eat at home. Restaurant style Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda is liked by most people . The preparation time of this recipe is few minutes and it takes 30 minutes to cook it properly. Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every region. By the help of this recipe you can definitely know how to make a perfect Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda. Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda is an amazing dish which is perfectly appropriate for any occasion. Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda is delicious as well as healthy dish because it contains large amount of healthy nutrients. Surprise your family and friends by preparing this restaurant style Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda at your home.

Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda

Ingredients to make Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda

  • Milk - 2 liters
  • Sugar - 1 tablespoon
  • Ingredients For Caramelizing :
  • Ghee or clarified butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sooji or Semolina - 1 teaspoon
  • Green Cardamom Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • cashewnuts (chopped) - 2 tablespoons
  • Raisins (chopped ) - 2 tablespoons
  • Granualed Sugar - 1 cup
  • Lemon juice or vinegar - 3 tablespoons
  • Ghee or clarified butter - 1 tablespoon

How to make Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese or Chana Poda

  1. Take a heavy bottomed vessel, add milk
  2. Bring it to boil and keep stirring to avoid burning of milk
  3. Once the milk comes to a boil, simmer the gas, start adding the lemon juice and keep stirring (if required, add more lemon juice) cook for a few seconds until the milk solids gets separated from the whey. Switch off the heat.
  4. Pour the curdled milk to an already lined muslin cloth over a strainer, squeeze out all the whey water then rinse chena under the tap water as much as possible. If you do not rinse the chena or paneer you will get the smell of lemon.
  5. Now hang the cloth covered chena or paneer on tap for 30 minutes. It will help to squeeze more water from the chena or paneer.
  6. Make sure you do not drain it for too long and the chena does not get too dry. It should be moist enough to knead smoothly.
  7. Now your chena or paneer or cottage cheese is ready. Now we will make Chena Poda or Paneer Cake or Baked Cottage Cheese by using this homemade Chena or paneer.
  8. On a big plate, take homemade Chena or paneer, knead it very well until you find no lumps in it.
  9. Add suji and powdered sugar and rest of the ingredients, mix well, mash it thoroughly using hands to form a soft dough.
  10. To get a caramelized effect on top, apply one teaspoon of ghee to the baking tin. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar on it, hold the tin with pot holder slightly above gas stove for a few minutes to melt the sugar. Spread the melted sugar evenly.
  11. Then Pour the chenna mix over the caramelized sugar.
  12. Use a pressure cooker that's at least 3 litres, but 5 litres is a good size (what I would recommend).
  13. Remove the gasket (the rubber insulation thing) on the lid of your pressure cooker. This is an important step. You also do not need the whistle.
  14. My pressure cooker came with a stand that goes at the bottom of the cooker pan. It distributes heat more evenly and is especially useful when baking in the pressure cooker. If you do not have, try to find a substitute, like small steel bowl
  15. You need to pre-heat the pressure cooker. For this, just place the lid (without gasket) on the pressure cooker and cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Now keep the flame on low and place the aluminium vessel with the cheese batter carefully inside the cooker. Close the cooker without gasket and weight. Cook for 30 minutes till done.
  17. Check by inserting a knife or toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, means it’s done, otherwise cook for some more time.
  18. Cool it for 2 to 3 hours and then turn it upside down. Slice and serve. It stays fresh for a week in the refrigerator.

My Tip:

You can make it using store bought paneer or chena or cottage cheese but I always prefer to make this using home made chena or paneer or cottage cheese, it tastes best.

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Hema Shiva Kumara year ago

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Anita Pandit2 years ago

wonderful!!! a must try recipe. tnku
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