Chhena tarkari/Cottage cheese ball curry
A most loved food of Odisha.
Chhena/cottage cheese is a very viatal ingredient in odia cusine. Many sweet dish of Odisha is based on chhena.If you will ever visit to Odisha you will find lots of road side shop selling chhena,chhenapoda & rabdi. In Odisha people also prepare a delicious curry from chhena/cottage.We generally prepare this delicious chhena tarkari in any festive occasion,because everybody in our family loves any bi-products of milk.When we prepare this curry in any festival we always try to make this without onion & garlic but today I am going to share with you the recipe with onion & garlic.
Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 20 min
Total time: 40~45 min
For making chhena ball/cottage cheese ball
Full fat milk- 1 ltr
Vinegar- 2~3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Corriender powder-1/2 tsp
All purpose flour- 1 tbsp
For making curry
Boiled potato- 2 small to medium
Tomato -1 medium to large
Garlic- 3~4 large clove
Ginger- 1 inch
Cumin seed- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 1/4 tsp
Corriender powder -1tsp
Cumin powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder to taste
Cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Chopped corriender-2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil for cooking
Boil milk in a pan. When it comes to rolling boil switched off the flame .
Add vinegar gradualy and stir continiously. within 1~2 minute milk solid & whey water will separate.
Strain it with the help of a strainer,& rinse it on running water to remove the vinegar taste.
Now press it with the help of your hand & remove all excess water. No need to make it complitely dry.
Now transfer the chhena to a clean place.Add all purpose flour,salt & corriender powder. Mix well.
With the heels of your palm mash the chhena and knead .
Rool it & devide them in equal portion.
By pressing with your palm & roatating it make smooth ball.
Flatten them slightly and add some raisins in it.this step is optional. You can make this without adding raisins.
Close it & again make a smooth ball
In this way prepare all balls & gently press it to make it slightly flat.
Now heat some oil in a kadai & fry the potato on medium flame. no need to fry too much.Frying potato is also optional,you can simply add boiled potato.
Keep the fried potato aside.
Now fry the chhena balls on low to medium flame till golden brown.
Now prepare the masala paste by grinding onion,ginger,garlic,clove & black pepper
For making gravy,remove oil from the kadai & keep only 1 ~1.5 tbsp of oil. Add sugar,bay leaf.When sugar start becoming golden add cumin seed
Add masala paste,& all powder masala excluding cinnamon powder.
Cook it on low to medium flame till oil separates & raw smell of masala go away.
Add chopped tomato & some salt and cook till tomato become mushy.
Add water and let it boil.
Add potato and cook for a minute.
Add chhena balls and mix well. Cook for two more minute. You can adjust the consistancy according to your choice.
Add chopped corriender leave & cinnamon powder .mix well & cover it for few minute. You can use garam masala powder if cinnamon powder is not available.But cinnamon powder give a nice aroma to the entire dish.
Now chhena tarkari is ready to be served
If you like the recipe, please share with family & friends .