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|Alternative names||Chhena Jhilapi|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Odisha and Eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent|
|Associated national cuisine||India, Bangladesh|
|Main ingredients||Cottage cheese or chenna, sugar|
Chhena jalebi or Chhena jilapi (Odia: ଛେନା ଝିଲାପି) is a sweet dish originally from coastal Odisha in eastern India, a state known for desserts made of chhena. Its popularity has spread beyond coastal Odisha and Eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent.
Chhena jilapi are made in a manner very similar to regular jalebis which are popular throughout India. However, the basic ingredient is fresh curd cheese called chhenna. Fresh chhena is thoroughly kneaded and rolled up into shapes similar to pretzels, before being deep fried. The fully fried chhena pretzels are then soaked in a sugary syrup. Chhena jilapis are served either hot or chilled.
- Sahu, Deepika (2012). "Discover Odisha's 'sweet' magic - The Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
chenna jilapi (A jalebi made with cheese)
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