Can you guess!!! What I am going to share today? if you are following me on Instagram you must be knowing about the guessing game. I usually post a picture on insta before 2 days and tell all to guess the dish. Well this dish looks like payas / kheer , yes you are right. This is a kheer recipe, but not an ordinary dish, this is a dish from the state of odisha and is known as Chenna payas.
Everyone must be knowing that maximum desserts of Odisha are Milk based. I have already shared a few of them like Rasabali & Kheer sagar . In month of June a Special occasion is coming Called Raja. On which We prepare many types of Pitha(dumplings) & Mitha (sweets). Raja is a 3 days long festival and celebrated with traditional dishes.
These 3 days are declared as Government Holidays in Odisha. All schools and colleges reopen after this festival only. Poda pitha is the main attraction of this festival. This Burnt cake a.k.a Poda Pitha made only on the occasion of Raja. Dahi vada & aloo dum are also the point of attraction of this festival .People enjoy Raja by wearing new clothes have traditional dishes and go for movie and spend quality time with family.
Let’s talk about this dish. Chenna means cottage cheese and payas means thickened milk. This dish is quite similar to Kheer Sagar, I shared last year. But these 2 have their own taste and texture. Here crumbled chenna is used. Chenna used in this recipe is freshly made, which gives a soft, melts in mouth taste and flavored with freshly ground cardamom pods. Usually this payas is served without any dry fruit, as it kills the soft taste of chenna. But nowadays people like to add cashew , raisins fried in ghee in chenna payas, which is quite acceptable.
Check out more Odiya recipes – Dalma, Tomato Khatta, Muga lau dalma, khichudi, Khaja