Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chenna poda

Chenna poda is a cheese dessert from the state of Odisha in eastern India.It is made of well kneaded homemade cottage cheese or chenna,sugar and nuts and is baked for few mins till it is brown. Chenna poda is usually made at home during traditional festivals in Odisha. .It is also served in traditional road side stalls. Chenna poda literally means burnt cheese.It is simple easy absolutely delicious dessert. When ever I visit orissa I love to,eat this sweet.This time when I  go to India sure I won't miss this sweet. Here I prepared with frozen paneer as I don't get enough time to cook paneer  at home..I'm posting this simple paneer or cottage cheese dessert called Chenna poda in Bm#50 under the theme one ingredient different dishes.Here goes my recipe.


  • Paneer 1 cup( preferably fresh paneer)
  • Sooji or semolina 1 tbspn( Soaked in water for 5 mins and drained)
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Ghee 1 Tspn
  • Milk 1 tbspn
  • Nuts chopped 2 tbspn
  • Cardamom powder 1/4 tspn


  • Take a bowl ,add paneer mix it smoothly.Add sugar to it.
  • Now add sooji,milk,ghee, dry fruits and cardamom powder,mix it thoroughly
  • To get a caramelized effect apply a tablespoon of ghee to the bottom of the baking dish,sprinkle with sugar and hold it slightly above gas stove for few mins.
  • When it changes the color or caramelized,then pour the paneer mixture  over the sugar
  • Bake it in a preheated oven at 350F around 25 to 30 mins.
  • Check inserting a tooth pick.If it comes out clean,then it is 10 to 15 few mins then ready to eat .you can cut into desired shape and enjoy..


  1. I loved this when I had made it..very nice sweet dish with paneer..

  2. The milk based sweets of this region are awesome. This is a nice simple dessert.

  3. looks like a treat sarita! We dont read much about oriya cuisine in cookbooks etc but it is unique and interesting !

  4. We made this for ICC And loved it! Nice dessert Sarita....

  5. What a rich and delicious dessert with paneer. Looks awesome.

  6. I made this chenna poda long back, such a beautiful sweet.

  7. You have reminded me of this delicious sweet from Orrisa. Absolutely delicious and perfectly made.

  8. Offoooo different and variety swet

  9. Loved it when I made for ICC long ago.