Saturday, April 14, 2012

Chenna Poda/Paneer Cake & Awards

This time for Valli's Indian Cooking Challenge, we were given a sweet dish from Orissa..This was super new to me! Little did i know there existed a Paneer cake & chenna is another name for Paneer :)...I am a big fan of Paneer and i knew i had to make this!

Chenna Poda means Burnt Cheese in the literal sense !! But the taste is no where similar to anything burnt :)).. Valli did share a short history to this dish and here i am sharing the same with you..We all know about Rasgulla and all of us invariably associate this dish with Bengal right??! But i believe this dish is originally from Orissa...Having lost it to Bengal, Oriya Milk Federation actually did a massive campaign to retain this 'Chenna Poda' identity to their State :).. Coming to the present, here's the recipe.. I reduced the recipe proportion and made a very small cake! I choose the recipe from Shibani..

1. Milk - 4 cups
2. Juice of one lemon
3. Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp
4. Cardamom - 1/2 tsp
5. Raisins - a fistful
6. Cashewnuts - a fistful
7. Semolina/ Rava - 1 tbsp
8. Ghee - 1 tbsp

Preparation Time!!
This recipe calls for fresh Paneer or Chenna.. So, here's how we make fresh Paneer and proceed

1. Take milk in a pan and bring to boil. Stir intermittently so that no cream layer is formed on top. When it comes to boil, switch off flame and pour the lemon juice ( Ensure you remove the lemon seeds)

2.Turn the gas on to low now & slowly keep stirring, till milk curdles and green water comes on top. Remove off flame & keep covered for 15 minutes

3. Then stain this liquid through a music cloth and squeeze water completely & place a heavy object on the curdled mixture for an hour.. Paneer is ready & crumble it.. I got a around 3/4th cup of Pnaeer

4. To the crumbled paneer, add powdered sugar,semolina and then raisins & broken cashew nuts. Use hand and make a dough

5. In a pan, add ghee and as it melts add sugar and allow it melt.. As sugar melts, it turns amber/light brown color.. remove and pour in the pan where you are going to bake the cake and turn well so that it coats the base & sides! This is called caramelizing.. sugar melted should not turn dark brown..then it becomes bitter

6. You need to be quick here & can add a drop of lemon juice, as that would prevent crystallization of sugar! As you do this pre-heat over to 350 F

7. Add this caramelized sugar to mug.. then add the paneer mixture on top. Cover with a foil & make holes using knife

8. Bake the paneer for almost 30-40 minutes or till done. Use a toothpick & insert it in the cake. If it comes clean, you know its done!

9. Remove of oven, cool it for 1-2 hrs & then remove of the mug.. I used a small oven safe mug! Chenna Poda is ready..

* The main trick is the caramelizing! Since i took a minute longer as i clicked snaps, sugar started to crystalize and stick to the bowl.. so when i removed it, a part of the top crust did stick to the bowl.. u can see that in the pic
** its a very tasty desert.. reminded me of kalakand!

Sending this to Vardhini's Bake fest hosted by Sumee, Raven's Cook.Eat.Delicious - Picnic Deserts hosted by Geetha and Radhika's I love Baking#3

Its been a long due & here i finally thank the people who made its all worth while by showering me with awards :).. I feel honored & touched that you remembered me & shared your awards with me.. Thanks ppl :) you guys made me very happy!
Hema.. Surabhi.. Farah.. Shreez...Preethi.. Sriya..Sobha,Vandana a big big shout out to you all for sharing with me Versatile blogger, happy blogger, liebester award & Good Food's Fav food.. Your awards adorn my space :)


  1. Well done, seriously i enjoyed this challenge, ur chenna poda looks irresistible and prefect..

  2. They are looking so good and you have prepared it so well.

  3. what a lovely unique dessert thi sis, never heard of it though... sounds kinda like an indianized paneer caramel custad na, cant wait to try this one out

  4. They really look good ! This is new to me. Worth a try.

  5. oh super!!! never heard abt this! but im loving it!!looks awesome!

  6. Cake looks so good and delicious.. Nice step by step pics

  7. never heard abt this but looks yummy.... worth a try.. congrats on all the awards :)

  8. New recipe...literally mouthwatering...

  9. That's good..I realize now why it got stuck, I was busy clicking pictures too..heheh...and you didn't mix the sugar to the paneer? what the cake sweet all over or the place where the sugar was?..nice pictures and next time I must remember to use my small cup..:)

  10. Very nice Rasi...looks amazing. Love the presentation.

  11. wonderful pics Rasi... love the caramalisation on top..

  12. Your cake has a nice brown color.. Looks delicious!

  13. very delicious and mouthwatering

  14. It looks so delicious, never tasted this, on my list..

  15. So lovely presentation!
    Good work

  16. I love the caramalisation that you have achieved on the cheena poda. Delicious !

  17. Never heard of this dessert but it looks and sounds so delicious! Getting tempted big time :D

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  18. This paneer dessert looks simply yummy and mouthwatering..reading and seeing the step by step pictures have tempted me too much..have to try it soon

  19. Never heard of this dessert.awesome and mouthwatering..tempting one

  20. wonderful recipe..never heard about this to try this soon..

  21. wow...super yummy cake...different 1 tooo...awesome..

  22. wow...super yummy paneer cake...aweseum cliks tooo...loved it..

  23. That looks fabulous! And congrats on your awards dear :)

  24. Oh this cake looks so delish, never heard of Paneer cake...u have a awsum collection of recipes..happy to be a follower of ur space. do visit me when u get time @


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