Chhena Poda Or Baked Cottage Cheese 

Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese cake.

Yes a cake but you don’t need flour or baking powder to make it.

Chhena poda is a dessert made of cottage cheese from Odisha. Its literally means roasted cheese in Odia language.

Its a very delicious baked dessert, made of fresh cottage cheese or chhena/paneer sugar, cardamom, cashew nuts and raisins. Flavour of cardamom and caramelised sugar made this dessert heavenly.

This week’s 122nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Odiacuisine.

My contribution is this delicious chhena poda. Adopted the recipe from my fellow blogger and a dear friend Alka Jena who blog at

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Visit her blog for many amazing recipes. Thanks Alka for the suggestions.

To make this chhena poda or baked cottage cheese better use homemade fresh cottage cheese or paneer. Its very easy to make. Just blend cottage cheese, sugar, cardamom powder, little milk or whey, cashew nuts and raisins till smooth and bake with caramelised sugar syrup.

Recipe
Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Sugar – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk or whey – 4 tablespoon

Ghee or butter for greasing

Sugar for caramelization

Pistachio to garnish

 

Method


1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Fry cashew nuts and raisins lightly.

3. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well.

4. Add milk or remaining whey of paneer. Blend till the mixture becomes smooth. Taste and adjust sugar if required. I like less sweet.

5. Add fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well.

6. Grease a baking pan with ghee or butter. Spread 1 tablespoon sugar and heat the pan till sugar caramelise.

When sugar caramelised switch off the flame.

7. Tilt the pan to spread the caramelised syrup all over the base.

8. Pour the paneer mixture over it.

Spread evenly with a spoon or spatula.

9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 45 minutes.

10. To check insert a toothpick in the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean chhena poda is ready.

11. Take out the pan when hot and invert it on a plate to take out.

If it becomes cold sugar syrup at base will be hard and it will be difficult to come out intact.

12. Garnish with pistachio. Serve delicious chhena poda or baked cottage cheese hot or cold.

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Lemon Glazed Water Chestnut Gulkand Cake 


Dairy free gluten free eggless gulkand flavoured water chestnut flour or singhara atta cake.

Yes its gluten free and dairy free yet taste is heavenly. Topped with lemon glaze, desiccated coconut and sugar coated fennel seeds. Gulkand, water chestnut flour, coconut, cardamom and tutti frutti make this cake super yummy and soft.

Gulkand or rose petal jam is not only delicious but it has cooling properties so its treat all heat related problems.

Its rich in antioxidants, keeps our metabolism healthy, act as a energy booster and helps to reduce acidity and stomach heat.

Water chestnut flour or singhara flour/atta is normally consumed during fasting. It is a good source of energy. This flour/atta is gluten free and very good for overall health.
It is rich in protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It provides many essential nutrients too.
According to Ayurveda it contains more mineral compared to buffalo milk. It is used in Ayurveda to cure various diseases.

Gulkand or rose petal jam, cardamom, lemon, coconut milk and tutti frutti made this cake divine.

Recipe 


Water chestnut flour or singhara atta – 1 & 1/2 cup +1 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Gulkand – 1/4 cup

Tutti frutti – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds – 2 tablespoon

For glaze 


Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds, desiccated coconut and cherry for topping

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease a cake tin and dust with water chestnut flour.

Mix 1 tablespoon water chestnut flour and tutti frutti to avoid sinking in the bottom.

In a bowl mix water chestnut flour or singhara atta, desiccated coconut, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and oil. Beat till sugar dissolved.

Add all the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a lump free batter.

Add gulkand or rose petal jam and mix.

Fold in flour mixed tutti frutti and sugar coated fennel seeds in the batter. But these are optional if you want you can omit these. Use dry fruits of your choice.

Pour the mixture into the greased and flour dusted cake tin.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time. So check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle if it comes out clean your cake is done.

Let the cake cool down completely.

For glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

Spread lemon glaze all over the cake.

Spread desiccated coconut over it.

Top with sugar coated fennel seeds and cherry.

Slice and enjoy the lemon coconut mixed heavenly taste.

Happy baking!!

Note –

1. If you want you can add little food colour in the batter.

2. If you have problems with colour you can omit tutti frutti and sugar coated fennel seeds. Use dry fruits of your choice instead of these.

 

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Chocolate Burfi Or Fudge 


Chocolate burfi or fudge.

Have you seen ‘Bareilly ki burfi’ movie? I didn’t. But read too much about it in local newspapers. All the famous sweet shops of Bareilly have some stories about their burfi. Some stories are about Priyanka Chopra, how she loves the particular burfi of a particular shop etc.

Read the story in short of this film in internet. Film is good but not burfi its all about a novel 😀

Copy pasting the story for you.

Amongst the cluster of homes in Bareilly, India resides the amusing Mishra family. The only ‘life loving’ daughter of theirs – Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon) works at the electricity board, is a casual smoker, watches English movies and loves breakdance. Bitti’s free spiritedness does not translate in finding a suitable groom and she resigns to being a misfit in this small-town – Bareilly. The complexities of getting married and feeling pressured, impulsive Bitty decides to run away from home. At the railway book stall, she stumbles upon a novel called ‘Bareily Ki Barfi’. Surprisingly the female protagonist of the novel reads exactly like her.

Now tell me where is the burfi? 😂

Leave it. Here is a delicious burfi recipe for you direct from Bareilly 😊

You don’t need much ingredients to make it. You need only khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder,  sugar, vanilla essence and dark chocolate. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe 


Khoya or mawa – 1 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Grated dark chocolate – 1/3 cup

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 4 tablespoon or to taste

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or butter for greasing

Grated white chocolate and pistachio to garnish

Method 


Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

I have used homemade khoya/mawa or dried milk. Get the recipe to make khoya or dried milk here.

Mix crumbled khoya/mawa or dried milk, milk powder and sugar.

Heat the mixture in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook on low heat, stirring continuously.

Cook until the mixture leaves the sides and becomes a dough like consistency. Taste the sweetness and adjust if require.

Add grated dark chocolate and mix well. Remove from heat.

Add vanilla essence. Mix well.

Set the mixture on the greased plate.

Sprinkle grated white chocolate and pistachio over it. You can sprinkle any dry fruits of your choice if you don’t have white chocolate.

Let it cool down. Cut with a knife in your desired shape.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

You can keep it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days.

Enjoy the delightful taste of this chocolate burfi or fudge.

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Gulkand Stuffed Khoya Paneer Laddu / Ganesh Chaturthi Special 

 

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

May the divine blessings of Lord Ganesh bring you eternal bliss. Protect you from evil and fulfil your wishes today and always.

I am very happy to share this post today. Two years ago I had published my first blog post chakhao-kheer.   Today is 2nd anniversary of my blog. Two years and 218 posts.  Thanks to all my readers. Its possible because of your support and love. Thanks a lot.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival mainly celebrated in Maharashtra. Ten days celebration of the birthday of elephant headed God Ganesha.

God Ganesha is known as the lord of art and science and the God of wisdom. He is known by 108 different names. Most popularly known as Vinayaka and Ganapati.

Lord Ganesha is considered the God of beginnings. So people worship God Ganesha before every rituals and ceremonies.

Modak and laddu are the favourite sweets of Lord Ganesh.

Our this week’s 106th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Ganesh Chaturthi special. My contribution is this gulkand stuffed khoya or mawa paneer laddu.
I have used homemade mawa or khoya and paneer in it. These delicious and melt in mouth laddus are very easy to make.

Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup crumbled

Khoya or mawa – 1 cup

Sugar – 5 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 4 tablespoon

Saffron – a small pinch

Gulkand or rose petal jam – as require

Method 


In a food processor or mixer grinder grind paneer, khoya, sugar, desiccated coconut, cardamom powder and saffron altogether.

Make the mixture smooth. Taste and add little more sugar if require.

Pour the mixture into a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook until the consistency becomes like a dough and leaves the sides. Don’t make it too dry.

Remove from heat.

Let the mixture cool down.

Make small balls. Flatten with your palm. Place little gulkand at the middle.

Bring together all the sides and make a round ball again.

Make all the balls or laddu like this.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Rasgulla Kheer/Pudding Or Rosogolla paesh 


Nobility in heart and character in deed

Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State.

Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers

Abiding them to do only what is right and clean.

Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head

Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.

A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Happy Raksha bandhan to all the brothers and sisters. May the Bond of love between bro and  sis be more strong day by day year by year. May God bless long happy prosperous peaceful life to all brother and sisters.

Raksha bandhan or Rakhi is a festival that is celebrates the love and duty between sisters and brothers.

The world Raksha bandhan means the bond of protection. On this day sisters tie rakhi or sacred thread on brother’s wrist and pray for his happiness and prosperity.

Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival of the Indian subcontinent, and its history dates back thousands of years.

According to one legendary narrative, when Alexander the Great invaded India in 326 BCE, Roxana (or Roshanak, his wife) sent a sacred thread to Porus, asking him not to harm her husband in battle. In accordance with tradition, Porus, the king of Kaikeya kingdom, gave full respect to the rakhi. In the Battle of the Hydaspes, when Porus saw the rakhi on his own wrist and restrained himself from attacking Alexander personally.

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Our this week’s 104th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Festiverecipes.

And today is Raksha bandhan. This rasgulla kheer is perfect for this occasion.

I have used homemade rasgulla in this kheer or pudding.

You can use store bought small sized rasgulla or anguri rasgulla to make this kheer or pudding. Just thickened the milk with cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron and add rasgulla in it. Add sugar as require. Rasgulla is already sweet so be careful when adding sugar.

Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Sugar 1 cup + 4 tablespoon

Milk – 1 litre

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Shredded almond and pistachio to garnish

Method 


Mash the cottage cheese with your palm. Use the heel of your palm to make the paneer smooth. Knead till it becomes lightly greasy. Make small balls.

In a large saucepan mix 1 cup sugar with 3 cup water. Rasgulla become double when cooked. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.

Boil it until the sugar dissolve completely. When it starts to rolling boil slid the paneer balls in it.

Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes. You can check after every 5 minutes shake the saucepan gently.

After 20-25 minutes when the rasgullas becomes double in size remove from heat.

Let it cool down.

Now heat 1 litre milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil lower the heat. Cook on simmer. Stir occasionally.

When the milk becomes half add a pinch of saffron, 4 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.

Let it cook on low flame till its become 1/4. It will be thickened when cooled.

Squeeze out the syrup from all the rasgullas. Press gently to squeeze, rasgulla may break if press hard.

And drop in the thickened milk. Taste and check the sugar. Add little more if require.

If you don’t want to make rasgulla at home you can use store bought small sized rasgulla or anguri rasgulla to make this kheer.

Let the milk boil again cook on low flame for 5-8 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

Cover and keep aside 15-20 minutes. Rasgulla will soak the milk.

Serve in individual bowl. Garnish with chopped pistachio, almond and saffron thread.

Or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Cocoa Almond Cookies 


Eggless cocoa almond cookies.

A delicious, crispy and little chewy cookies. A perfect snack for your kiddos. Absolutely healthy. Kids will love it’s taste.

I have mixed three types of flour in it. Whole wheat flour, oats powder and refined flour. You can make with only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too if you like.

I have used homemade white butter in it.

Apart from being delicious, almonds are highly nutritious and very healthy.

Today, almonds nutrition benefits are praised around the world.  Almonds helps to prevent Heart Disease and Heart Attacks. Support Healthy Brain Function. Maintain Skin Health. Help Control Blood Sugar Levels and Prevent Diabetes. Help With Weight Loss and Prevent Overeating. Increase Nutrient Absorption. Increase Digestive Health.

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Recipe 


Almond – 1/2 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup

Refined flour – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Butter – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – as required

Method 


Grind the almonds with skin. Grind into fine powder.

Grind the oats.

Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment pepper or aluminium foil.

In a bowl mix almond flour, oats powder, whole wheat flour, refined flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl cream powdered sugar and room temperature butter. Beat well.

Add vanilla essence and mix.

Now add all the dry ingredients. Combine and make a smooth dough.

Make small balls. Gently flatten with your hand. Place an almond over every cookies. Press lightly.

Arrange on the greased or lined baking tray 1-2 Inch apart.

Bake at 180° in a preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes dark. Don’t forget to leave enough place between the cookies. Cookies will be double while baking.

Remove carefully. Cookies will be soft when hot but becomes crisp after cooling.

Let the cookies cool down completely.

Serve the crispy crunchy cocoa almond cookies with milk, tea or coffee. Or enjoy on your munching time.
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100th Foodiemonday Bloghop Celebration 

Congratulations to all the bloghop members. This time we are celebrating 💯
 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #”100th celebrationyourbest. I am sharing my all the old bloghop posts today. 

I have learnt a lot from bloghop. And got many lovely friends here who are always ready to help each other. On this special occasion I would like to thank all our bloghop members. 

Every week we have to take a challenge to make a new recipe. Sometimes it takes out from our comfort zone. Really enjoying this culinary journey with Foodiemonday bloghop. 

Starting with some dessert  which I have posted for bloghop.

Watermelon sandesh

No bake mango cheesecake

Misti doi parfaite

Cake sandesh

Chocolate vanilla fudge

Kesar pista sandesh

Malpua 

Mango kalakand

Chocolate ice-cream 

Water chestnut laddu

Date palm jaggery rice pudding

Gokul pithe

Eggless sugarless choco orange mousse

Choco coco delight
Now here are some cookies which I have shared for bloghop 

Oats whole wheat caraway cookies

Oats almond jaggery cookies 

Red velvet choco chips cookies 

Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

Finger millet chocolate crinkle cookies 

Orange crinkle cookies

Vanilla chocolate chips cookies

Sugarless date and oats cookies 

Oats thandai nankhatai
Some delicious eggless cakes and muffins 

Kewra flavoured saffron pistachio muffins

Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

Fruity muffins 

Water chestnut and coconut cake

Coconut mawa cake

Sugarless dry fruits cup cake with oats

Fruit cake 

Rasgulla cupcakes
Healthy and yummy drinks to beat the heat 

Beetroot smoothie

Virgin-watermelon-mojito 

Orange grapes frozen cooler 

Cottage cheese and mango smoothie 

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Apple orange banana grapes and carrot smoothie
Delicious snacks 

Potato pie

Savoury potato cake

Beetroot appe 

Semolina-and-lentils-appe 

Potato stuffed egg enchilada

Cheesy savoury muffins 

Ghugni and aloo kabli chaat 

Stuffed potatoes 

Savoury cake 

Oats veg burger

Aloo chop or potato fritters

Thin crust double burst pizza 

Oats semolina pancake 

Nimki or mathri

Some veg dishes I have shared for bloghop 

Banana butter masala

Rajasthani gatta curry 

Matar kofta 

Vegetable au gratin

Potato with nigella poppy seed and tomato

Aloo kofta curry 

Lentil patties in Mustard sauce 

Radhaballavi with dum aloo

Baked vegetables 

Mangodi

Cauliflower with ginger julienne 

Luchi-dum-aalu 

Soya-koftaballs-in-gravy 

Now some lip-smacking non veg dishes 

Railway mutton curry 

Egg korma

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry
One pot meal or rice dishes 

Mint rice 

Beetroot rice

Mexican rice

Carrot rice 

Tricolour-rice

Soups, salad and salsa 

Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

Gazpacho-or-cold-soup 

Tomato cilantro egg drop soup 

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

Beetroot soup
Bread 

Cheesy bread

Mixed vegetables stuffed paratha
From next Monday some more talented bloggers will be joining us. A warm welcome to Aruna ,Amrita Iyer ,Priya Iyer , Veena , Mallika, Poonam. Lets grow together.