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chhena poda recipe, paneer cake recipe

chenna poda is a popular sweet from odisha. its made with chenna or fresh paneer. the entire dish is baked and can also be called as paneer cake.

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total time:
40minutes

chhena poda recipe with step by step pics. chenna poda is a delicious dessert popular in odisha. its made with chenna or fresh paneer. the entire dish is baked and can also be called paneer cake.

oriya chenna poda recipe

chena poda literally translates to roasted cheese in english language. its also said that chhena poda is the favorite sweet of lord jagannath (the presiding deity of puri jagannath temple in odisha). chena poda is also made during festivals like diwali or durga puja.

a few years back i had got some recipe requests to share the chappan bhog recipes (56 dishes) that is offered to lord jagannath. i have the complete list of the dishes and do plan to add them one by one. so the best way is to start with a sweet dish and that too lord jagananth’s favorite sweet.

making chhena poda is very easy. you will be surprised by the factor of simplicity and ease in this recipe. unlike other baking recipes which involves two to three steps, this one is a one bowl recipe. also while baking cakes things do go wrong, but you cannot go wrong when making this delicious paneer cake. that is the hallmark of this recipe.

chenna poda recipe

to make chenna poda you can use fresh paneer or fresh chenna. you can even use store brought paneer. i used paneer which was made a day before. though freshly made chenna can also be used. if you plan to make chenna, then use 2 litres of milk and follow the method as shown on this link – how to make chenna.

i have made this recipe a couple of times and each time it has been good. when baking the sugar gets caramelized and give such a good taste. when i started making the recipe i referred to a few cookbooks. once i got the knack of the recipe, i adapted it largely to suit our tastebuds. the recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.

in odisha, chena poda is baked in sal leaves which gives chhena poda a distinct flavor. since i had banana leaves, i used banana leaves to bake. though you can even skip banana leaves and simply bake in a pan. you can bake chenna poda in an oven and even in a pressure cooker. in a pressure cooker baking chena poda will take about 25 to 35 minutes. if you want to use a pressure cooker, then the check the method here:

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serve chhena poda as a sweet snack or an after meal dessert. you can even offer it your deity as bhog or naivdeyam. if you plan to offer chena poda to your deity then use homemade paneer instead of store bought paneer and make with devotion and love.

if you are looking for more diwali sweets then do check:

chhena poda recipe, paneer cake recipe
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chhena poda recipe

chenna poda is a popular sweet from odisha. its made with chenna or fresh paneer. the entire dish is baked and can also be called as paneer cake.
course desserts, sweets
cuisine odisha
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 6 slices
rough calories per serving 195 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 250 grams paneer or chenna
  • ½ cup sugar or 125 grams sugar or ½ cup jaggery powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ½ tablespoon rice flour
  • cashews and raisins can be added
  • some ghee for greasing

how to make chhena poda recipe

preparation for chhena poda recipe

  1. firstly line a baking pan with some chopped banana leaves. grease the banana leaves with some ghee. 

  2. you can also use butter paper or parchment paper instead of banana leaves. or you can skip everything and just grease the pan with ghee on all sides. 

  3. also preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.

making chhena poda mixture

  1. then take the 250 grams fresh paneer or chenna and crumble it very well.

  2. then add ½ cup sugar. you can also use ½ cup jaggery powder instead of sugar.

  3. with clean hands mix sugar with the chenna.

  4. then continue to mash and knead the paneer or chenna like the way you would knead a chapati dough.

  5. the paneer mixture has to become loose, light and with a cake batter like consistency. the more light and softer the consistency, the better the chhena poda tastes.

  6. i have not added any milk or water. in case the mixture looks dry, then you can add a few tablespoons of milk or water. some amount of fat is released while mashing chenna and thats fine.

  7. once you get a cake batter like consistency in the paneer mixture, then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and ½ tablespoon rice flour. optionally a pinch of baking soda can also be added, but does not make any difference. instead of rice flour, you can also use fine rava (sooji). some chopped dry fruits like cashews, almonds and raisins can also be added.

baking chhena poda

  1. pour the chhena poda mixture in the pan. shake the pan gently so that the chenna poda mixture spreads evenly. level the top with a spatula.

  2. place the pan in the oven and bake chena poda for 30 to 45 minutes. if using OTG, use the toast mode and keep pan in the center. bake chena poda till the top crust gets a dark golden color. oven times vary, so do keep a check. in some ovens this paneer cake can even take less time. i am giving an average time that will work for most ovens.

  3. remove from the oven once done.

  4. then check with a bamboo skewer or toothpick and it should be clean. there should be no sticky batter on the toothpick.

  5. let the paneer cake cool completely in the pan. then remove it.

  6. you can slice and then serve chenna poda. leftover can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days.

  7. serve chhena poda as dessert after meals or as a sweet snack.

recipe notes

  • the recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.

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how to make chenna poda recipe

1. firstly line a baking pan with some chopped banana leaves. grease the banana leaves with some ghee. you can also use butter paper or parchment paper instead of banana leaves. or you can skip everything and just grease the pan with ghee on all sides. also preheat oven at 180 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.

making chena poda recipe

2. then take the 250 grams fresh paneer or chenna and crumble it very well.

making chena poda recipe

3. then add ½ cup sugar. you can also use ½ cup jaggery powder instead of sugar.

making chena poda recipe

4. with clean hands mix sugar with the chenna.

making chena poda recipe

5. then continue to mash and knead the paneer or chenna like the way you would knead a chapati dough.

making chena poda recipe

6. the paneer mixture has to become loose, light and with a cake batter like consistency. the more light and softer the consistency, the better the chenna poda tastes. you can see the consistency below. i have not added any milk or water. in case the mixture looks dry, then you can add a few tablespoons of milk or water. some amount of fat is released while mashing chenna and thats fine.

making chena poda recipe

7. once you get a batter like consistency in the paneer mixture, then add ½ teaspoon cardamom powder and ½ tablespoon rice flour. optionally a pinch of baking soda can also be added, but does not make any difference. instead of rice flour, you can also use fine rava (sooji). some chopped dry fruits like cashews, almonds and raisins can also be added.

making chena poda recipe

baking chhena poda

8. pour the chhena poda mixture in the pan. shake the pan gently so that the chhena poda mixture spreads evenly. level the top with a spatula.

making chena poda recipe

9. place the pan in the oven and bake chena poda for 30 to 45 minutes. if using OTG, use the toast mode and keep pan in the center. bake chhena poda till the top crust gets a dark golden color. oven times vary, so do keep a check. in some ovens baking this paneer cake can even take less time. i am giving an average time that will work for most ovens.

making chena poda recipe

10. remove chhena poda from the oven once done.

chena poda recipe

11. then check with a bamboo skewer or toothpick and it should be clean. there should be no sticky batter on the toothpick.

chena poda recipe

12. let the chhena poda cool completely in the pan. then remove it.

chena poda recipe

13. you can slice and then serve chhena poda. leftover can be refrigerated for 2 to 3 days.

chena poda recipe

14. serve chhena poda as dessert after meals or as a sweet snack.

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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24 comments/reviews

  1. can we make this chenna poda in Microwave or if we make this in cooker , can we use water instead of sea salt. Please reply

    • i am not sure about microwave, but can be made in a cooker. if you use water, then the chhena poda will get steamed and be like a steamed cake. i am not sure how the texture will be. so i would suggest to use salt instead of water.

  2. Hi ma’am. Being a vegetarian I often visit your site. Always love your recipes. But this chhenapoda recipe is the best. I am an odia and eating chhenapoda since I was a kid. I followed your instructions and made the best chhenapoda. Since then I have made several times and my husband loves it. I just want to thank you sincerely for your recipes which made me a better cook than I was . Thank you. Lots of love and good wishes for your future.

    • thank you subhashree for the feedback and the review. i am so glad to read your feedback on the chhena poda recipe. much thanks again and wish you too all the best for your future. stay blessed.

  3. Hi,

    How many cups is 250gms of chenna?

    Thanks
    Srilaxmi

    • roughly 1 heaped cup.

  4. Thank you so much dear for posting a popular sweet of Odisha in your blog . It will be really amazing if you make a separate category as Odia recipes including famous Odia delicious recipes .
    Thank you .

    • welcome smruti. since i have only have chenna poda as a single odia recipe right now, i have not made any category. but i do plan to add the famous odia recipes one by one. so when i have 5 or more odia recipes, that time i will make a category of odia recipes.

  5. Dear dassana….I m having full block of white cooking choclate…will u pl tell me 2at can I do with with that….thought of adding it to kheer once the flame is off..other than grating on top of cake how can it b used…pl guide

    • shubha, you can make white chocolate cookies, white chocolate fudge, mousse, pudding, white chocolate tart or pie. kheer is also a good idea. even white chocolate cake can be made. if making any of these recipes than use a recipe which has originally used white chocolate. do not substitute white chocolate with dark chocolate in any recipe as some experimentation will be required. i do not have any recipe made with white chocolate nor i have made any white chocolate based dish. otherwise i could have helped you with some recipes.

      • It was delicious… I made in cup cake moulds….n cooking chocolate… I grated into the cookie dough…thank u for suggesting ….waiting for ur next recipe…:-)

        • great and nice to know shubha. addition of chocolate is wow. i am sure it must have tasted great. which next recipe you are waiting for? from orissa or any other recipe.

          • Will b waiting for ur new recipes ..not specific as such…:-) recently prepared oats cookies n lauki halwa…delicious…lauki halwa tasted similar to carrot…for new yr n Christmas any cake r u planning for:-)kindly post honey cake or basbusa…

            • Thanks Shubha. I have noted down the cake recipe request. I will try to add them. I am soon going to add one more eggless cake recipe.

  6. Deàr dassana..cani bake in cup cake moulds?i feel my tray is bit large for this

    • shubha, you can bake them in cup cake moulds. in fact even i was going to do the same, but i wanted slices to be shown in the pics, so i baked in a loaf pan. in fact all the times that i have made this recipe, i have baked in a pan. but you can easily use small to medium sized cup cake moulds. if baking in a cup cake mould then the time will be less as the quantity of paneer mixture will be less in the cup cake moulds. so just keep a check.

      • Thank u dassana….will try soon

        • Welcome Shubha

  7. Great recipe as always. Will try soon. U r great.

    • Thanks Shilpi

  8. So simple & lovely recipe.. A dish seems even more special when you know it is a bhog delicacy.
    Though I was thinking how do temple pujaris bake it. Do they have some oven-like arrangement or they use some specific utensil?

    • thank you ruchi. i guess they have wood fired ovens or wood fired stoves in which they bake. chenna poda is baked for long hours on a low flame or low temperature like the way dal makhani is simmered overnight. along with chhena poda, a few more baked delicacies are also offered to lord jagannath.

  9. I am glad that you did this Chenna poda recipe. I am big fan of yours and I am from Orissa. Thank u so much

    • Welcome Subha. Thanks for your kind words.

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