Hailing from Odisha, Chhena Poda is an irresistibly delicious and tempting sweet dish. Packed with delightful sweetness and aromatic essence, this traditional dessert holds a special place in the rich Odia cuisine. Scroll down for the recipe!
If it's not irresistibly delicious, is it even an Indian dessert? Each region in Indian offers an array of sweet treats and every single dessert is different from each other in terms of taste, texture and of course the preparation method. We Indians mark every occasion with sweets, or we must say a loads of sweets. While some desserts are made in a particular season, some sweets are available in all seasons. This piece is dedicated to a special and desi cheesecake from India. Can you guess?
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Yes, you guessed it right! It is Chhena Poda, the ultimate cheesecake from Odisha. Odia cuisine is known for its rich and vibrant flavours and unique ingredients. But this dessert is special, and it perfectly mirrors how rich the state’s culinary history is. With a rich taste and even richer history, Chhena Poda is believed to be Lord Jagannath’s favourite. While ‘Chhena’ refers to a cottage cheese form made up of curdling milk, ‘Poda’ translates to roasted or burnt. Did you know that this dessert was created by mistake?
If some food legends are to be believed, a confectioner in Dasapalla had left a batch of cottage cheese mixed with sugar and spices in a hot oven for a much longer period. The result was a scrumptious, caramelized, golden-brown dessert that we know as ‘Chhena Poda’. Want to make this desi cheesecake at home? Well, we have your back like always. Here is the quick recipe to make ‘Chhena Poda’ at home.
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