I love 'Chhena'/'Paneer' or cottage cheese.First of all,it is one of the most versatile ingredients to cook with.You might have heard of Paneer tikka, bhurji and Paneer butter masala.However,it is also used to make exquisite and delicate Odia sweets like Chhena poda,chhena jhili,chhena gaja.Chenna pudo or Chenna poda is basically Indian baked cheese cake.It is very easy to make chhena poda recipe at home.
It is very delicious and full of nutrition.It has a beautiful crust outside and a delicate soft texture inside.
Chhena poda and Odisha
Orissa or Odisha has great locales and beaches.
This land is famous for its mines,monasteries,beaches and temples.
It is also home to great cuisine.
Both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes are a delight.
I have been fortunate to visit this many times,since my lovely aunt at Bhubaneshwar stays there.Consequently I have been ableto enjoy its exquisite cuisine.You can also prepare this at home.You may make chhena in advance or buy paneer from the market.
Most of us end up eating cottage cheese or 'paneer' in curries or starters.However,many households in Orissa and Bengal,use it to make sweets. They may use only sugar or add it along with a base of jaggery.
I had some fantastic trips to Bhubaneshwar-Konark-Puri temple and the villages along this triangle.
You get to enjoy the natural beauty, architecture and locales.
I have had a pleasure to eat the varied cuisine.Khaja,Rassogullas, chhena Jhili and chhena poda at various local sweet shops.Many sweet shops in small by-lanes of Orissa serve these sweets daily to general public.
They also cater to huge orders to big restaurants across Bhubaneshwar.
There is a huge demand for these sweets for weddings,hotels and various functions.
Most noteworthy,this pit-stop may brighten up any driver.Usually they drive for long hours.It is a sight you may never forget for the rest of your life.
However,you can bake Chhena Pudo easily at home while if you are not in Odisha.
Watch the video by clicking this Chenna poda link below:
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