Chenna poda as name suggests is purely made of chenna with small amount suji (semolina) to bind. This is said to be the favorite dessert of Lord Jaganath.
When it comes to having feast, we Odiya”s are highly enterprising in cooking. We are very elaborate and simple daily menu would consist of plenty of side dishes. Mustard, posto, panch puton are special ingredients are exclusively to Odiya cooking .
When it come sweet dishes, fresh Chenna (Paneer or Ricotta cheese) plays a very significant role. Many yummy dessert are made from chenna as their main ingredient. The most famous one needs no introduction to many sweet lovers. Rasagulla is very much loved by Oriya people and also admired world wide.
The delicious warm Rasagullas melts in the mouth. Another very special and native to Odiya dessert is Chena poda (cottage cheese cake) which is slowly baked in earthen fire for few hours and then cooled down for hours before serving.These cakes are very famous through out Odisha.
I was also curious to make this wonderful dessert. On tete o tete with a vendor who specialize in making these cakes, I tried to make this lip smacking dessert following his recipe, the results were baffling. Since I was holidaying in my home town I had plenty of people to taste it and relish it.
It is so simple, easy and absolutely delicious. I am sure will love this Chenna poda recipe.
This is was published in Polkacafe along with my other ODIYA desserts. It had an amazing response. Thanks