Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chena poda | Indian cheese/paneer cake | kalakand | Healthy Dessert

Hi friends..sharing my firs attempt at chena poda..well loved by the kid and all:)

Recipe source: 
here and here

1 Cup home made cottage cheese (paneer)
3 tablespoons semolina
½ Cup Powdered Sugar 
½ teaspoon baking powder
5-6 cardamoms powdered
2 tablespoons raisins
5-6 cashew nuts chopped
5-6 pistachios sliced
2 tablespoons sugar for making caramel
Method for preparing cottage cheese
3 liters full cream milk
¼ cup lemon juice

Boil the milk. Reduce the heat.
Add lemon juice to the boiled milk. Stir. The milk will curdle. Boil for a minute. Turn off the heat.
Put the curdled milk in a muslin cloth. Drain out the water.
Place the muslin bag with cottage cheese under the running tap.This will remove the sour whey. Squeeze out the water. Hang the muslin cloth for 15 minutes.

Method for preparing Chhena Poda
Transfer the cottage cheese to a plate. Mash well with hands till smooth. Add powdered sugar. Mix well. If the mixture feels too dry, add a teaspoon of milk.
Add semolina. Mix well. Cover and leave for 15 minutes.
In the mean time, take two tablespoons sugar in the baking tin, hold it over the flame. Turn off the heat when the sugar just begins to caramelize. Tilt the pan so that it spreads all over the base and sides evenly. Leave it to cool.
Knead the cottage cheese mixture again. Add powdered cardamom, raisins and cashews. Add baking powder. Mix well.
Put the mixture in the baking pan. Level the top.
Bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 55 minutes or till the top turns brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Run a knife through the sides and invert it on the rack immediately. If delayed, the sugar in the base of the pan becomes hard and chhena poda sticks to the bottom.
Refrigerate when cold.

Sending this entry to Valli's Kids Delight" Healthy Desserts" happening at Cooking with Sapna.


  1. That is a rich dessert and a delicious one.

  2. Thats a delicious and rich dessert :) looks yumm dear !!

  3. This is an awesome sweet.. Looks yummy..During my childhood whenever I go to my grandma home (orissa ) I used to have this..

  4. Hmm Yummy..Thanks for the recipe Lavina..

  5. Chenna poda looks absolutely rich and my kind of sweet,wish i ahve a slice.

  6. Very nice. Tried this for an edition of ICC and loved it.

  7. Ooooh..cheese, nuts and raisins...yum!

  8. Looks yummy..Will try this..Thank you Lavina :)

  9. I enjoyed Chena Poda, very nice way of using paneer..though the texture of kalakand and this is different right?..anyway its a great dish to enjoy!

    1. Yes valli..kalakand does not have semolina. .but I feel it tasted similar and had grainy texture

  10. I remember making this for ICC and we all enjoyed it.Yours looks nice :)

  11. I missed this during ICC. It has come out nice.

  12. Chenna poda looks rich and inviting, nicely done!


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