Kheera / Chhena Payesh / Paneer Kheer
A quick and easy recipe of Kheera or sweet Pudding with Milk and Chhena, a Odisha speciality and one of the Mahaprasads offered to Lord Jagannath in Puri.
Every Odia food speciality is very close to my heart, the mention of each invokes nostalgic feelings and ruffles up beautiful childhood memories. The Paneer Kheer or Kheera as known in my home state Odisha is a Jagannath Puri speciality and is offered as one of the 56 prasads or Chappan Bhog to Lord Jagannath. Kheera is made from Chhena and cardamom flavoured sweet Milk, a sweet, thick, creamy, grainy Pudding with dry fruits and sold in small earthen pots.
This sweet delight is also known as Chhena Payesh not to be confused with the Bengal’ s Channar Payesh. The Channar Payesh of Bengal is similar to the KheerSagar of Odisha ….small rasgulla balls in sweetened thickened milk very much similar to the Angoori Rasmalai.
This creamy dessert was on my to post on blog list since a long time and what better day to post than this day for the 122 nd Foodie Monday Bloghop for the theme Odisha Recipes. Chhena or Paneer or Cottage Cheese is the base and the most important ingredient for making any kind of sweet in Odisha. Chhena Poda, Chhena Jhilapi, Chenna Gaja, Chhena Jhili, Chhena kheeri or Payesh, KheerSagar, Rasagulla or Kheer Mohan etc are few of the popular recipes of my home state. For more Odisharecipes you can check out my recipe index.
The Kheera available in Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath are of two varieties. One variant is without the ubiquitous Chhena which is also known as Rabdi and the other one is with the Chhena whose recipe has been provided here.
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