Chhena Gaja

Chhena Gaja
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A sweet treat from Orissa, India, Chhena Gaja is a rectangular shaped dessert made with milk and soaked in sugar syrup flavored with rose water. In this recipe, full cream milk is curdled with lemon juice and combined with all-purpose flour and shaped into small rectangular dumplings. The chhena or cottage cheese dumplings are cooked in sugar syrup and flavored with good quality rose water.

Chhena Gaja is similar to the making of the all-time favorite Oriya sweet treat Rasgulla, but is shaped into rectangles instead of balls. Popular in northern India, Chhena Gaja are soft, juicy, sweet, delicate and melts in the mouth. The ingredients for making chhena gaja are the same as with making rasagolla and the chhena poda. All of these treats taste the same and just differ in appearance. One of the best chhena gajas known in India is in Pahala, which is near Bhubaneswar.

Chhena gaja is popular all over Orissa.

Traditionally, sooji, which is coarsely ground flour from semolina wheat, is used to make chhena gaja but in this recipe, all-purpose flour can be used. The chhena and the flour is combined together to make dough and kneaded thoroughly until nice and smooth. Water is squeezed out of the mixture and then dried and allowed to rest until the dough acquires the desired consistency. The dough should not be sticky and should not leave any residue particles on the countertop when rolled. It should not be too dry however, that it forms cracks on the dough.

You can serve the Chhena Gaja warm or chilled. It is delicious served on its own with a bit or rosewater for aroma or flavor. You can also garnish it with nuts like pistachios, almonds, or cashews. Dried fruits like raisins or prunes can also be used to garnish the Chhena Gaja.


10 min

45 min

Difficulty Level



  • Ingredients

  • 500ml of full cream milk for cheena

  • 1 lemon, squeeze out the juice

  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour

  • 1 cup sugar for sugar syrup

  • 3 cups of water

  • 1 teaspoon good quality rose water

Preparation Instructions


For chhena preparation, boil 500ml milk and curdle it by adding lemon juice. Keep stirring continuously. Drain the curdled milk through a thin muslin cloth and squeeze the chhena.


Wash it under running tap water. Drain out the excess water from chhena and add 2-tablespoon all- purpose flour. Knead well.


Make 10-15 small rectangular shaped pieces with your palms. Set aside. To make sugar syrup heat water in a pan and add sugar to it.


Blend well. Allow it to cook for about 5-6 minutes or till the desired consistency is reached. Add these cheena pieces to the syrup and cook for 10-15 minutes with lid partially covered.


Chhena dumplings will swell and puff up. On cooling, add 1 teaspoon good quality rose water, take out the Chhena Gajafrom sugar syrup and place them on a tray. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Reviews (1)
Chhena Gaja is a dessert from Orissa and has suji or semolina as one of its ingredients. This recipe is no where near the recipe for Chhena Gaja.
, September 24, 2011