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Chenna Poda
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4.45 from 18 votes

Chhena poda - Indian cheesecake

Chenna Pudo is decadent and delicious way of having cottage cheese.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 min
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chenna pudo, chhena poda, chhenna podo
Servings: 4


  • 500 gm chenna/paneer/cottage cheese

Remaining ingredients for chenna pudo

  • 4 tablespoon sooji or semolina
  • 1- ¼ cup grated jaggery or 1 cup sugar+¼ cup jaggery
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-½ teaspoon ghee or clarified butter
  • ½ teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • ¼ cup Cashews


  • Mash the chenna/fresh paneer in plate for 4-5 minutes until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients with chenna water to the cheese.Mix well with a spoon.
  • If you are using sugar, it will turn a bit watery and semolina will balance it.
  • Line a baking tin with a baking sheet at the bottom and the sides.
  • Preheat the oven for 5 min.
  • Bake a 170 degrees for around 1 hour.
  • Adjust the baking time if the top of the chhena poda has not turned brown yet.
  • Allow the chhena poda to cool down before removing from the tin.
  • Overturn the baking dish on a plate.
  • Let it come out on a plate.
  • However,allow it to further cool for 15-20 minutes so that it gets a bit firm in texture.


You can buy also use paneer from dairy.
You can also replace 1-¼ cup jaggery with 1 cup sugar +¼ jaggery.I like the jaggery version as it is healthier.