My dad being in defense forces, we never got to live in Odisha as we kept moving from one place to another. But deep within me there was this girl who loved Odiya culture and had this serious temptation forÂ Odiya food (dahi bara aloo dum, dalma, gup chup, chena podo, katki chaat). The prime reason was of course my mom who introduced the Odiya values to us right from our childhood days.
Odisha is known the world over for its cultural and religious values, particularly for its Jagannath Puri temple and the chappan bhog served daily to the Lord.
Just like its people, Odiya dishes are very simple yet delectable in taste. This sweet-loving State has a treasure trove full of delightful desserts that one could relish. The Odiyas strongly believe that one can’t finish a meal without a sweet dish. Here, we are going to tell you about some authentic Odiya sweets that you must taste at least once in your lifetime.
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Let me start with the signature dish of Odisha – Chena Poda
It isÂ believed to be the most favourite sweet of Lord Jagganath.Â The literal meaning of Chena Podo is ‘burnt cheese’. Chena means cottage cheese/paneer and PodoÂ means burnt.
Fresh cottage cheese/paneer/chena -Â 2 ltrs milk
Sugar – 1 cup (or as per taste)
Semolina/rawa/suji –Â 3 tablespoons
Cardamom powde – Â½ – 1 tsp
Ghee -Â 1 tablespoon
Cashewnuts and raisins – as per your wish
Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
1. Mash the freshly made cottage cheese to make it soft.
2. Add semolina to absorb the extra water, as well as sugar. Mix well.Â Add gheeÂ end cardamom powder to the cheese and mix well.Â Add cashewnuts and raisins to the mixture, and mix again.
3. Add 2-3 teaspoons of water to the mixture to give it a consistency that you can bake with.
4. Now, put the cheese mixture in the oven for 50-60 minutes at 165 degree Celsius.
5. Let it cool for some time and then turn it upside down.
6. Your Indian cake is ready. Simply cut it into slices and impress your guests with your culinary skills!
Recipe Source: Vahrevah.com