Monday, April 16, 2012

Chenna Poda - ICC

For this month's ICC challenge we have Chenna poda / Chhena poda - a speciality of Orissa. Srivalli suggested refer Shibani's for this recipe or here

This is the first time I have tried making Chenna at home and this was one experience :)

How to make Chenna

Milk - 1 ltr
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp


Boil Milk
Add the lemon juice slowly and wait for the milk to curdle
Stir slowly to ensure all the milk is curdled
Boil for another 2 mins
Using a muslin cloth drain the whey
Squeeze tightly and hang it for 1 hr to ensure all the water is out

Now came the surprising part - 1 ltr of milk yielded 150 gms of chenna!!! and the recipe was asking for atleast 600 gms of chenna

Now to make Chenna Poda

Chenna - 150 gms
Suji - 1 tbsp (soaked in 1 tbsp water)
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Cashews and raisins - fried in ghee 1 tbsp
cardamom powder - 1 pinch

In a big bowl mix all the above ingredients and knead for 5 -  6 mins
Pre-heat oven to 180C
I used cup cake trays to make the chena poda
Grease the pans with a little ghee
sprinkle sugar at the bottom and heat it on stove till sugar just melts
Spread the chenna mixture over the sugar and bake in oven till cooked (do the tooth prick test)
If you are using cup cake trays it will be done in 15 - 18 mins
Allow it to come down to room temperature and serve