Chhena Poda

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Chhenna Poda
Course Dessert
Place of origin India
Region or state Odisha
Main ingredients Homemade ricotta or chhena cheese, sugar, cashew nuts and raisins
Cookbook:Chhenna Poda  Chhenna Poda

Chhena poda (Oriya: ଛେନାପୋଡ଼) is a cheese dessert from the state of Odisha in eastern India. Chhena poda literally means burnt cheese in Oriya.[1] It is made of well-kneaded homemade cottage cheese or chhena, sugar, cashew nuts and raisins, and is baked for several hours until it browns.[2] Chhena poda is the only well known Indian dessert whose flavor is predominantly derived from the caramelization of sugar.

Chenapoda of Pahala, Orissa


It is said that Chhenapoda originated in the Oriya town of Nayagarh in the first half of the twentieth century. The owner of a confectionery, a certain Sudarshana Sahoo decided to add sugar and seasonings to leftover cottage cheese one night, and leave it in an oven that was still warm from earlier use. The next day, he was pleasantly surprised to find out what a scrumptious dessert he had created. Today, it is also made in West Bengal and elsewhere in India.


Demand and sale of chenapoda is huge in Odisha with every sweet shop preparing its own flavour either from sugar or gud (jaggery). Its shape of a cake often attracts a huge visitors to grab a bite and take it home as a "Taste of Odisha".


Chhena poda is usually made at home during traditional festivals in Odisha, such as Durga Puja. It is also served in small traditional roadside stalls and confectioneries throughout the state along with other delicacies such as rasagolla. Since the mid-1980s, it has gradually found its place in restaurant menus across Odisha. After losing out to another traditional Oriya sweet, Rasagola to West Bengal, the Odisha Milk Federation is investing heavily in mass-producing and popularizing this delicacy, determined not to let this happen again.[3][4][5][6]

Cutting Chhenapoda as birthday cake



  • 2 lbs part-skim Ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbsp sooji
  • 15 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cashew nuts (preferably raw)
  • Cardamoms
  • 1 cup water

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sahu, Deepika (2012). "Discover Odisha’s ‘sweet’ magic - The Times of India". Retrieved 3 July 2012. This mouth-watering sweet from Orissa literally means burnt cheese. 
  2. ^ "The Sweet Bypass On NH5". UpperCrust. 
  3. ^ editorial team (August 2002). "Orissa invests in marketing traditional confectionery product". 
  4. ^ Rajaram Satpathy (15 August 2002). "Sweet wars: Chhenapoda vs rasagolla". Times of India. 
  5. ^ "Chhena poda". The Hindu. 11 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Chhena poda". The Hindu. 11 April 2009. 

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