Apr 15, 2012

Chhena Poda/ Cottage Cheese Cake/ Paneer Cake

 For this April month’s ICC- Indian Cooking Challenge, Srivalli chose Chhena Poda, an authentic recipe of Orissa shared by Any One Can Cook. I never heard and tried this recipe. Srivalli suggested Titilating Tastebuds  post for reference. Through this link, I got a general idea about this recipe. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.

Chhena poda is the quintessential cheese dessert from the state of Orissa in eastern India. Chhena poda literally means burnt cheese in Oriya. It is made of well-kneaded homemade cottage cheese or chhena, sugar, cashew nuts and raisins, and is baked for several hours until it browns. Chhena poda is the only well-known Indian dessert whose flavour is predominantly derived from the caramelisation of sugar.
It is said that Chhena poda originated in the Orissan town of Nayagarh in the first half of the twentieth century. The owner of a confectionery, a certain Bidyadhar Sahoo decided to add sugar and seasonings to leftover cottage cheese one night, and leave it in an oven that was still warm from earlier use. The next day, he was pleasantly surprised to find out what a scrumptious dessert he had created. Chhena poda soon became popular throughout Orissa. Today, it is also made in West Bengal and elsewhere in India. Chhena poda is usually made at home during traditional festivals in Orissa, such as Durga Puja. (Source of information is Wikipedia).
Now come how to prepare this wonderful cottage cheese cake/ chhena poda, today I tried this recipe first time in my kitchen so I take very little quantity and do baking in pressure cooker instead of microwave or oven. So here I post both methods…. to cook in cooker as well as to cook in oven.

Pictorial details
add all ingredients together

make like soft dough

set into aluminium vessel for baking

set salt layer into cooker and heat it for 5 min on high flame

place the batter vessel into cooker and bake it for 30-40 minutes

now ready to serve and garnish with raisins 

250 gm. Cottage cheese or chhena (its crumble homemade cheese)
1 1/2 tbsp. castor sugar or powdered sugar
1/2 tbsp. semolina or suji or rawa
1/2 tsp. green cardamom powder (elachi powder)
10-15 raisins
Few chopped cashews (optional)
Ghee or butter for greasing
Salt (for baking process)
How to prepared Chhena Poda or Cottage Cheese Cake
In a bowl, mash Chenna or cheese thoroughly. Add Suji and powdered sugar and rest of the ingredients. Mix it well using hands just like a soft dough. To get a caramelized effect on the top, apply a tsp. of ghee to the baking tin. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of sugar on the tin. Hold the tin slightly above gas stove for few minutes to melt the sugar. Spread the melted sugar evenly. Then pour the chenna mix over the caramelized sugar.
For baking in oven:
Bake on preheat oven of 180 ' C for one hour. Insert a toothpick to check. It is cooked well if the tooth comes out clean. Cool it for 2 to 3 hours and then turn it upside down. Slice and serve. It stays fresh for a week in the refrigerator.
For baking in pressure cooker:
Fill the cooker with salt till 1 1/2 inches and place the cooker lid. Preheat the cooker for 5 minutes on high flame with the salt. (We are following the same principle as in the oven but here the salt is heated and the batter gets cooked in the heat produced by the salt.) Now, keep the flame in low and place the aluminium vessel with the cheese batter carefully inside the cooker. Close the cooker, 30 minutes to be done.
Check it after 30 minutes by inserting a knife or toothpick in the center of the batter, if it comes out clean, means it’s done, otherwise cook for some more time. (Mine took 30-35 minutes)
Cool it for 2 to 3 hours and then turn it upside down. Slice and serve. It stays fresh for a week in the refrigerator.
Submit this Chhena Poda recipe with following events:
Indian Cooking Challenge event hosted by Srivalli  



  1. Interesting to know the cooker version!..Chenna Poda truly tasted delicious!!..

  2. Wow! That looks fantastic...great recipe Preethi!

  3. wow cooker version sounds marvellous, fabulous looking chenna poda..

  4. Looks and sounds so yummy... Thanks for the s/s pics

  5. Nice to know you made this in cooker!..

  6. Amazing try to cook it in cooker. Love it ...

  7. I heard you can use a cooker to bake but never tried it. One of my friend bakes cake in pressure cooker

  8. I love the fact that you made this dish the traditional way. The cheena poda looks delicious.

  9. Using cooker for baking is a nice change from other recipes. thnx for linking up


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