Monday, April 29, 2013

CHHENA PODA(INDIAN CHEESE CAKE)


Chhena poda is the FAMOUS cheese dessert from the state of Odisha in eastern India.Chhena poda literally means burnt cheese in Odia.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 flavor is predominantly derived from the caramelization of sugar.






INGREDIENTS:-

Whole milk-2 liters
Lemon juice-juice of 1 big lemon or 3 tbsp vinegar(but I prefer lemon juice)
Semolina-2 tbsp
Sugar-1/2 cup or use as per your taste+2 tbsp for caramel
Ghee-3 tsp+2 tsp
Milk-3 tbsp
Raisins-handful(optional)
Cashew pieces-handful (optional)



METHOD:-

1-Boil milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium flame,Once it come to boil,add lemon juice
2-The milk will curdle,boil for a minute then turn off the flame(you can see the chhena separating from the water.
3-Put the curdled milk in a muslin cloth,drain out the water,place the muslin cloth with chhena under the running cold water tap,this will remove the sour whey,squeeze out the water & hand the muslin cloth for 15-20 minutes.
4-Take a bowl,mash the chhena well with hands till smooth,then add sugar and mix nicely till the sugar mix well.
5-Fry the cashew nuts  & raisins in a ghee lightly to give a richer taste to the preparation.
6-Then add semolina,fried cashew nuts and raisins,2 tsp ghee and milk,mix well and keep aside.
7-To get a caramelized effect on the top,apply a tsp of ghee or butter to the bottom of the baking dish,sprinkle with sugar and then hold it slightly above the gas stove for a few minutes to melt the sugar.Spread the melted sugar evenly.
8-Pour into a oven safe dish the chhena mixture over the sugar.Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degree F for 45 to 50 minutes till the top turns to light brown.Insert a toothpick,it's done when the toothpick comes out clean.
9-Cool for 20 minutes,then turn it upside down.It should stay fresh for a week in the fridge10-Cut into pieces like cutting a cake and serve chilled or warm.

NOTE-

1-You can also try in microwave or pressure cooker.
2-In a pressure cooker take out the whistle,place the baking pan inside the cooker and close it and pressure cook for 30-35 minutes in low heat.Cool for 10-15 minutes,then serve.
3-Or you can try in a kadhai just like poda pitha.Heat a heavy bottom kadhai,then hold it slightly above the gas stove for a few minutes to melt the sugar.Spread the melted sugar evenly.
4-Then pour the mixture over the sugar.Now cook in a slow flame for 45-50 minutes.Insert a toothpick,it's done when the toothpick comes out clean.

















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