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Chhena Idli Recipe

Delicious Chhena Idli - the sweetest dish of Odisha

Chhena Idli (ଛେନା ଇଟିଲି) is a traditional and popular dish from the Indian state of Odisha. It is a sweet variation of the popular South Indian dish Idli, which is typically made with a fermented batter of rice and lentils. In Chhena Idli, the traditional Idli batter is replaced with a mixture of chhena (cottage cheese), semolina, sugar, and cardamom powder, which gives it a sweet and creamy texture.

Delicious Chhena Idli shared by Manas Muduli from Puri

The dish is said to have originated from the coastal region of Odisha and is a popular dessert item. It is often served during festivals and special occasions and is a great option for dessert.

To make Chhena Idli, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup chhena (cottage cheese)
  • 1/2 cup semolina
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • Oil for greasing the idli plates


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the chhena, semolina, sugar, and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  2. Grease the idli plates with oil.
  3. Pour the batter into the idli plates.
  4. Steam the idlis in a steamer or pressure cooker for 10-15 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  5. Once done, remove the idlis from the steamer and let them cool for a few minutes.
  6. Serve the Chhena Idlis warm or at room temperature, garnished with your choice of nuts or saffron.

Chhena Idli from Puri shared by Arpan

Chhena Idli is a delicious and unique sweet dish that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The combination of chhena, semolina, sugar, and cardamom powder gives it a sweet and creamy texture, it is a perfect dessert for any time of the day. It can be enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee.

N.B.: All these photographs are taken by Manas Muduli and Arpan and published here with permission.

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