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Pranati NATH
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60 minutes
Cook Time
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Chhena poda (cheesecake) a delicious authentic sweet of Odisha.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Festive
  • Indian
  • Baking
  • Dessert
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. To make chenna/ cheese
  2. Whole Milk- 2 litre
  3. Vinegar or lemon juice- ĵ cup
  4. Cheese cloth (to filter the cheese/ home
  5. Semolina/ sooji- 2tblsp
  6. Sugar- 1.5 cups
  7. Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
  8. Handful of cashews & raisins
  9. Ghee/ butter- 2 tblsp


  1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts boiling add the lemon juice/ vinegar. When the milk curdles the cheese will separate from the whey.
  2. Hang the cheese for at least 1 hour till the whey is drained. Pre heat the oven to 350 degree F. Grease the baking dish. Fry the raisin & cashews in ghee.
  3. Now transfer the cheese to a bowl. Rub it & mash well for 3-4 mins. Now add semolina, sugar, cardamom powder & knead well for 5-7 mins.
  4. Add the fried cashews & raisins to it. Add 1tblsp ghee to it & again mix well. Now make the sugar caramel.
  5. For this add 1tblsp butter to a heated pan. Now add ½ cup of sugar to it. When the sugar starts melting and turns red, pour the caramel sauce to grease pan
  6. Now spread the cheese mixture on the baking tray. Now cover it with a aluminium foil. & make the slits on the foil with a knife
  7. Bake for 30-40 mins until a toothpick insert in the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven & let it sit for 45 mins outside before savor it.

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