Chenna Jhilapi or Chanar Jilipi is a very popular desert in the Eastern states of Odisha and Bengal. Chenna or Paneer or Cottage Cheese is the quintessential ingredient for most of the Odia desserts and is an integral part of Odia cuisine. From the classic Rasagolla, Chenna Poda, Chenna Gaja to the Chenna Jhili every dish is a delectable creation of Chenna or Cottage Cheese. Odias are very fond of sweets and no meal is complete without some dessert in the end. And being a blue blooded Odia myself my love for Chenna desserts is no less.
I got introduced to this melt in the mouth deliciousness by my mother in law during the early years of my marriage and since then I have mastered the recipe well. I goofed up so many times initially by not draining the water properly from the home made Chenna or by adding too much flour to compensate the stickiness.The addition of little milk powder in the dough is what I learnt from other bloggers which helps to give a creamy texture to the dessert. Khoya can also be added in lieu of milk powder.
The International Women’s day is celebrated every year on 8th of March to provide respect to the women fraternity, to express love and gratitude for them and appreciate them. I dedicate this mouthwatering dessert to my Mother in law from whom I have learnt the recipe and who’s always been an inspiration for me. A relatively quiet person, a woman of not many words, caring, a person who’s always lived by her morals and values in life and has always inspired and motivated me to do something significant in the world.
Sending these Chenna Jhilapis to the 82nd Foodie Monday Bloghop for the theme Women’s day Treat.