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Chenna Poda
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Chhena poda - Indian cheesecake

Chenna poda or Chenna Pudo is decadent and delicious way of having fresh cottage cheese. Learn to make this Oriya cheese cake here
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chenna pudo, chhena poda, chhenna podo
Servings: 8


  • oven
  • Sieve
  • saucepan
  • stand mixer for kneading optionally


  • 500 gm fresh cottage cheese chenna / paneer , freshly prepared.

Remaining ingredients for chenna pudo

  • 4 tbsp. sooji or semolina
  • ¾ cup grated jaggery or sugar,adjust sugar as per your taste
  • tsp. baking powder
  • 1-½ tsp. ghee or clarified butter
  • ½ tsp. Cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup Raisins
  • 2 tablespoon Cashews chopped
  • 4 tbsp. whey or paneer water/ chenna pani


  • 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 10 min.
  • Bake a 170 degrees for around 30-45 minutes.
  • 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.