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