Chhena Gaja

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
chēnāgajā
ଛେନାଗଜା
Chhena Gaja
Chhena gaja
Course Dessert
Place of origin India
Region or state Orissa
Main ingredients sugar
[[wikibooks:Special:Search/Cookbook:chēnāgajā
ଛେନାଗଜା|Cookbook:chēnāgajā
ଛେନାଗଜା]]  [[commons:Special:Search/chēnāgajā
ଛେନାଗଜା|chēnāgajā
ଛେନାଗଜା]]

Chhena gaja (Oriya: ଛେନାଗଜା) is a sweet dish from Orissa, India.[1] Unlike some other popular chhena-based Oriya desserts, such as rasagolla, which have spread throughout India, the chhena gaja remains largely popular within the state itself.

Although the ingredients of chhena gaja are essentially the same as that of rasagolla and chhenna poda, the dishes could not differ more in taste.

One of the best places to savor chhena gajas is Pahala, near Bhubaneswar.[2] However, chhena gaja is equally popular all over Orissa.

Chenagaja from Pahala, Orissa

Preparation[edit]

Chhena gajas are prepared by combining chhena, similar to cottage cheese, and sooji (semolina), and kneading the dough thoroughly. Water is squeezed out from the mixture, which is then dried briefly until it acquires the right consistency. It is then molded into palm-sized rectangular shapes (gajas), boiled, and deep fried in oil. The fried gajas are coated with a sugary syrup before being served. Sometimes, the gajas are then allowed to dry a little more, in which case the sugar may occasionally crystallize on the surface.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sahu, Deepika (2012). "Discover Odisha’s ‘sweet’ magic - The Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012. "The other famous sweet dishes of Orissa are, chenna gaja (deep fried cheese soaked in sugar syrup)" 
  2. ^ "The Sweet Bypass On NH5". UpperCrust.