Friday, 14 February 2014

Chhenapoda

Chhena poda (cheesecake) a delicious authentic sweet of Odisha.




As I am staying in US we can’t get easily what we are craving for (esp sweets). So either  prepare on your own or  suppress the desire to eat . Obviously I went with option 1 & any foodie would do that as well.
 Was craving this from a long time since I was pregnant but unfortunately got gestational diabetic so that time it was a BIG NO for me & after that it has been 11 mons I am full busy with my little champ & somehow I missed it. As tomorrow is valentine day & the husband likes chhenapoda very much. So thought of surprise him with his fav sweet after all what will be a better treat than this. The husband  said ”bahut badhiya heichi pura toh pari (it’s awsum just like u :P ) & a tickling smile was on my face.










so here we go....




To make chenna/ cheese

Whole Milk- 2 litre
Vinegar or lemon juice-  ¼ cup 
Cheese cloth (to filter the cheese/ home made chhena)

Ingredients for chenna poda

Semolina/ sooji- 2tblsp
Sugar- 1.5 cups
Cardamom powder- 1 tsp
Handful of cashews & raisins
Ghee/ butter- 2 tblsp

Method:

 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. Now switch off the flame. Filter the cheese with the help of cheese cloth to separate cheese from the liquid.
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. Keep aside.
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.  Add the fried cashews & raisins to it. Add 1tblsp ghee to it & again mix well.
Now make the sugar caramel. 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 prepared grease pan. 
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.
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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