Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chhena Poda (Paneer Cake) - For my 2nd blog anniversary

Today is my blog's 2nd year anniversary and I am so happy about it. I want to thank all the blogger/non-blogger friends and followers, without whom, I would have not continued this blog. Also a special thanks to my Mom, who takes care of my 2 little kids, when i sit in blog. (Though she shouts at me sometimes, when I say plz.... she leaves me and take care of my kids.... Mom is always Mom).

For this blog anniversary, I thought of doing something special...(what-else nothing but a sweet... but not a regular one... ) Saw many our blogger friends doing Chenna Poda last month for the ICC challenge. It was a very new recipe for me and finally decided to make this and it came out good.


  • Milk - 2 litres ( I used full cream milk)
  • Lemon juice/Vinegar - 2 tsp
  • Semolina/Rawai/sooji - 1/4 cup
  • Raisins - 3 tsp
  • Cashews and Pistachios - 2 tsp
  • Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee - 4 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 cup + 1/4 cup
  • Water - 2 tsp


  • Boil the milk and when it is boiling, add the lemon juice/vinegar.
  • The milk gets curdled and strain the curdled milk in a muslin cloth and add plenty of water to remove the sourness of the lemon.
  • Allow the water to drain from the chhena/paneer for 1 hr. or keep a heavy bottomed pan on this cloth for 30 min or till most of the water drains from the chhena (paneer) (its nothing but preparing paneer - crumbled paneer).

  • To the chhena, add the rawa/semolina/sooji, sugar and 2 tsp of ghee and mix well.

  • Meanwhile, in a small pan, add 1 tsp of ghee and fry the cashews, pistachios and raisins till golden brown colour and pour to the chenna mixture.
  • Add the milk and mix well, to form a dough.

  • In order to prepare the caramel, 2 ways can be choosen (this is a bit tricky part)

                  1. In a pan, add 1/4 sugar and water and bring to single thread consistency and pour immediately to the greased (with 1 tsp ghee) baking pan and spread it.

                  2. Add the 1 tsp ghee, water and sugar to the baking pan itself and show on the stove stop/keep in oven, till the sugar melts and spread it.

(I chose the 2nd method and since it has to be done quickly, cannot able to take the picture)

  • After making the caramelized sugar, transfer the chenna mixture to this baking pan and bake it for 50 to 60 min. 
  • By inserting a toothpick, check if it comes out clean without any dough sticking on it. 

  • Allow the cake to cool, invert it, cut into slices and serve the delicious dessert. 
  • Can be refrigerated and used within a week. (Thought of doing so, but got over within a hour)

58 lovely comments:


Congrats on the blog's second anniversary Akila..

FewMinute Wonders

Congrats on your second anniversary. Enjoy the paneer cake.


congrats.....yummy and tempting cake..

Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen


congrats.....yummy and tempting cake..

Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen


wow,,healthy & delicious..Congrats on your blog's anniversary,wishing many more birthdays:-)

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Congratulations Akhila!! Perfect recipe to celebrate the blog anniversary. New recipe for me will definitely have to try it. Looks yummy


Awesome and innovadive cake. So simple to do also.


Congrats, have to try this out, looks like very good..


The cake looks lovely infact.

Jayanthy Kumaran

wow..yum this cake recipe & the flavor of it
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Ushnish Ghosh

Dear Akila
How are you? I feel good seeing your note at my blog and came rushing to your page. Congratulation on blog anniversary and many happy returns of the day for all of us. Really you have given great recipes to us.
Chhena Poda is a great choice to celebrate the occasion. I have a special weakness for this sweet because this sweet and I come from Orissa. I like the recipe and your method. Traditionally the mix is wrapped in dry Sal leaves and burnt in wood fired oven which gives this sweet a smoky flavor. But with Oven baking in, the traditional method is gone from most part of Orissa.
I am sorry I cd not access your blog or most blogs since October last. Nowadays I work in Sahara desert area and there is hardly any net access. I am home now for few days and can read all blogs .
Have a nice weekend ahead


Looks so good


Lovely COngrtulations...


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Wow..delicious and mouthwatering Akila..Rich.Love to have some.


Hey, thks for leaving your lovely comments @ Shirley's Luxury Haven! What a lovely blog you've got here. I'm also happy to see Jay of Tasty Appetite in your Blogroll, who drops by often.

Looking fwd to sharing, not just on our love for food :) Let's stalk each other more often!


Looks great!
Happy anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi Akila ,

Congratulations for your 2nd year


Chenna Poda looks delicious.


Keep on Akila....


Cake is awesome.. never tried this before..


This cake does look delicious. I love the texture and that close up there is really making me hungry! I have never used semolina in baking a cake, but after seeing this I am inspired. Delicious post, have a great day!


PS-congrats on reaching the 2 year mark on your blog-that is a milestone!


Looks like Mawa cake.


Congrats on your 2nd blog anniversary ! :) the recipe sounds great!

Shobha Kamath

Wow! The paneer cake looks good! Liked the step-by-step guide too!


This cake looks lovely. Have a nice day!


i have a bookmarked recipe for paneer cake too..this one looks delicious..

Nava K

Congrats on your 2nd anniversary and will look forward to more wonderful recipes from your blog.

Anything made with semolina is my fav and similarly, this cake will be another one of it.

Priya Suresh

Congrats Akila and happy birthday to ur blog baby..Chenna poda came out super prefect.


Congratulations on the second anniversary !! Love the paneer cake I love the crunchy taste

Asiya Omar

Congrats.Lovely recipe!


Yay! Happy second anniversary!
This cake looks delicious!!

Suja Manoj

Congrats dear,perfect way to celebrate..looks yum

Shama Nagarajan

delicious dear


yay on your 2nd blogo-versary!

Although I don't recognize two of your ingredients, your recipe looks very good!


Happy 2nd birthday to your lovely blog! This cake looks very yummy indeed.

CJ - Food Stories

Akila ... ongrats on your blog's second anniversary!

Geri Saucier

Congratulations on your Blog's Second Anniversary:) The cake looks delicious. Thanks for the great post.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

CONGRATULATIONS!! Two years blogging that is awesome!!The paneer cake looks delicious.


Looks lovely, haven't tried this before.

Reshmi Mahesh

Congrats....Cake looks yummy and perfect for celebration...


Congrats!! Yummy cake!!


Hey Congratulations dear!!!


ohhh wow....I'm absolutely drooling here dear !!!the pics look so amazing...n this is definitely a must try...bookmarked !!!!!!


congrats on your second anniversary


Congratulation on the blog-anniversary. This looks almost like the ajmeri kalakhand that we get in sweet shops. Yummy!


Congrats on the second Birthday and Keep it up. Paneer cake looks great. Thanks for visiting my space as well.

Ganga Sreekanth

new to me......looking very tempting..


Happy blog aniversary, you paneer cake looks delicious.

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Recipe looks yum.. cheers for entering into the awesomeness of 2year :), Thank u for visiting me.


happy 2nd bloggy anniv. this looks so yummy, i need to work on making more indian mithais.. love them, but only homemade.

Gloria Baker

This look amazing !! Congrats by your 2 year!!


Congrats dear, channa poda looks so yummy n delicious.

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

Congratulation Akila on your blog's 2nd anniversary and wishing you many more. This cake looks fabulous & tempting. Thanks for following. Now following you :)


congrats...never heard of this dish..interesting.Thanks for sharing.

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Achu's Amma's Kitchen

congrats on ur second anniversay blogging.Awesome and differently new cake.

Menaga Sathia

congrats on ur 2nd blog anniversary...paneer cake looks perfect n yumm!!

Padhu Sankar

Paneer cake looks yummy .I will send my mavadu recipe to your event soon


Nice way to celebrate! Have seen the chenna peda recipes only a few days back. Anything sweet, I love to have it! :P


Hi Akila, I have been trying out chena poda recipes from different blogs. Every recipe is a little different from the other. I came across your lovely blog searching for chenna poda. Loved this recipe. At what temperature did you bake chenna poda?
Will try out this recipe soon. Love!

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