The mother child bond is an eternal one; distance, time not even death can shake it’s rock solid existence and essence. My memories of my mother evokes feelings of contentment, safety and warmth. Its been twenty long years that I have been away from her but I always feel her comforting presence by my side. Even years after moving away from home, getting married, having children I always refer to my parents home as my home. My mom’s arms is a place that makes me feel carefree and childlike again. Home is where Mom is!!
The food that I had during my childhood and growing up years, the dishes cooked by mom, the street food from my hometown or my college canteen ….every single one of them makes me extremely nostalgic and finally reminds me of one person, my Mom. One of those nostalgic foods is the king of Odia desserts the quintessential Chenna Poda.
Chenna Poda in Odia literally means burnt cottage cheesecake and that’s why it has got a lovely smoky flavour to it. The Chenna Poda authentically is made of cottage cheese, semolina, sugar, cardamom, ghee, cashews and raisins mixed together very well and then wrapped in Sal leaves and baked in a charcoal or wood fired oven for 2-3 hours and that gives the burnt caramelised look to the crust though it’s divinely melt in the mouth texture inside. It is believed that Chenna Poda has its origins in the Nayagarh town of Odisha in the early half of the 20 th century by a man named Sudarshan Sahu.
After few attempts I have finally nailed the texture and taste of this mind blowing dessert and what better day than Mother’s Day to share the recipe of one of the best desserts of my home state Odisha with you all. Enjoy our very own desi Cheesecake on this very special day with your Mom !
A very Happy Mother’s Day to all !!