Odisha Celebrates Chenna Poda Divas On April 11

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Chhena Poda is a sweet dish which means Baked Cheese and is made of well-kneaded homemade fresh cheese (chhena), and sugar, and is baked for several hours until it is cooked. It is also believed that Chhena Poda is the favorite sweet of Lord Jagannath. And there has been a demand for a GI tag for the sweet dish.

Chhena Poda is known as one of the Indian desserts whose flavor is predominantly derived from the caramelization of sugar. The sweet dish has been originated in Dasapalla village in 1947 by Late Sudarsan Sahu. He decided to preserve the sweetened Chenna in a preheated oven which later turned out to be a delicious dessert. Since then, the recipe has taken over all over India.

India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Odisha’s former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik were impressed with the famous Chhena Poda sweet dish and had praised Sahu for his creation. Notably, Sahu breathed his last at the age of 86 on November 24, 2016 due to old age-related ailments. He is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters.

On April 11 Odisha celebrate the dessert as a tribute to its creator on his birth anniversary.

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