Jaggery Chhena Poda

Jaggery Chhena Poda

Four ingredients & a few minutes for a yum dessert

My first evening in Bhubaneswar and I chanced upon this very interesting sweet outside a temple. The shop had a range of sweets and a very enthusiastic seller. He started naming all the sweets with such energy that I didn’t get any of it. So I did the only thing that any sensible person would do: point at what looks interesting and say “give me that one”. So “that one” turned out to be Chhena Poda and I have had it on all of my subsequent visits to the city.

A very regional dessert that can be made with just four ingredients. Fresh cottage cheese or paneer as the base. Jaggery or sugar being the sweetner and cardamom powder for that flavor. It is incredibly amazing how such a tasty treat can be preped with such ease.


Jaggery Chhena Poda Recipe


  • Fresh Paneer / Cottage Cheese: 250 grams
  • Jaggery Powder: 1/2 cup
  • Semolina: 1 tsp
  • Cardamom Powder: 1/4 tsp


  • Pre heat the oven at 180’C
  • Break the paneer into crumbs and start kneading it into a dough
  • Add the jaggery, semolina and cardamom powder and continue mixing
  • Once the mixture reaches a light cake batter consistency, pour it into a tin and bake it at 180’C for about 20 mins
  • The top layer will get a rich brown color. Use a pick to check if it is cooked in the inside
  • Let it cool before removing the Chhena Poda from the tin


  • If the paneer is a bit dry and a hard dough is formed, then add a little bit of milk to get the consistency
  • Raisins are a good addition to the batter

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