Subho Maha-asthami. Presenting you the most scrumptious cheese curry from Odisha.This Odia Chenna Tarkari recipe is easy to prepare at home.A No-Onion , No-Garlic dish which fits perfect to your Navaratri celebration.
Take a break from your usual festive curry , add this to your festive meal. It goes so well with Poori or Pulao.
What is Chenna
Chenna is soft cottage Cheese. Once you curdle milk with a citric acid ( lemon or Vinegar) , you get Chenna. The cheese will separate from milky whey.
Many use curd in place of lemon juice. I have never tried though.
The soft cottage cheese is used in preparing many Odia delicacies. Rasagola, Chennapoda, Rasabali are a few to name.
Serving chenna with a little bit sugar or rabdi is one such combo loved by Odias. There are road side vendors in Bhubaneswar who sell Chenna in the evening hour.
Odia Chenna Tarkari Recipe
You need to make small Chenna fritters first . Knead well at least for 3-5 minutes to get a smooth texture. Form small tikkis and fry in Oil.
I have used Idhayam Mantra Groundnut Oil. IDHAYAM Mantra Groundnut oil makes deep fried delicacies not only tasty but also healthy.
I have not used Garlic , Onion keeping in mind the festive season. There is freshly grated ginger.
Prepare a paste using Tomato. You can use Tomato puree too.
The addition of Cashew nuts brings the right amount creamy texture. I have used only two pieces. You can increase to 4 if you want to make more rich.
Make a paste of Coriander seeds, cumin seeds , black pepper & cashew nuts. Soak for 15 minutes in water and make a fine paste.
Once the gravy is done , add fried Chenna fritters and cook for only 2 minutes .Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and some crumble Chenna.
Happy Navaratri to you.