Chhena gaja

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Chhena gaja
Chena gaja Odia cuisine.jpg
Course Dessert
Place of origin India
Region or state Odisha
Main ingredients sugar
Cookbook: Chhena gaja  Media: Chhena gaja

Chhena gaja (Odia: ଛେନାଗଜା, chēnāgajā) is a sweet dish from Odisha, India.[1] Unlike some other popular chhena-based Odia desserts, such as rasagola, 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 chhena poda, the dishes are very different 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.

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]

Chenagaja from Pahala, Orissa

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.