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Chhena gaja (Oriya: ଛେନାଗଜା) is a sweet dish from Orissa, India. 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.
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.
- 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)"
- "The Sweet Bypass On NH5". UpperCrust.
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