Friday, 29 November 2013

Chenna Jhili : Odia Desert

One who has visited Odisha must have tasted different kinds of deserts and most them being prepared from fresh cottage cheese. Chenna Jhili is also a very famous odia desert made from fresh cottage cheese balls fried and soaked in light sugar syrup.
In Odisha ther is a place Nimapara which is famous for its chena jhili and one of my first demand whenever my father used to visit that place.Although you can get it all over the state somehow I crave for the taste of Nimapara Chena Jhili.

Whole Milk - 1 Litre
Sour Curd - 2-3 Tbsp
Powdered Sugar - 2 Tsp
Maida / All Purpose Flour - 1 Tsp
Sugar -2 Cups
Water - 2 Cups
Cardamom Pods - 2
Oil / Ghee For Deep Frying or Shallow Frying(In this recipe I have shallow fried the cheese balls,but authentic recipe calls for deep frying)

To prepare Chena :
Boil milk and add the sour curd to the boiling milk and till all the milk solids separate from the whey.
You can add more curd if you dont get a clear coloured whey. let it boil for a minute or two.
Strain the chena using a muslin cloth and squeeze out excess water.

To prepare Sugar Syrup:
Boil 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar together. Add crushed Cardamom and let it boil for 10 minutes.

In a mixing bowl take chena , maida, powdered sugar and knead to get soft dough. It will take about 5 minutes. Make small balls out of the dough and shallow fry till golden brown on both sides.
Once the balls are fried , put them into sugar syrup.


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