History of Nimapada chhena jhili:
Nimapada is not only a business center but also famous for its agricultural produces and a special type of sweet made from cottage cheese called Nimapada chhena jhili. Obviously Nimapada is the place of origin of this delicious sweet dish. In addition to this It is on the Bhubaneswar-Konark state highway 24 Kilometers from Konark and 36 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. The best shop to buy the authentic sweet is Aratabandhu Sahu (the inventor) chhena jhili shop, located near the Nimapada Police Station.
This special sweet prepare with fried cheese, cardamom powder, ghee and sugar syrup. Chhena Jhili is essentially a deep fried cottage cheese patty, soaked in sugar syrup. It is best eaten hot to feel the soft, juicy cheesiness with the backdrop of a little cardamom flavor. Nimapada, a small village in Puri district is famous for Chhena Jhili. You will find different road side shops in Nimapada while going to Puri from Bhubaneswar which are exclusively famous for Chhena Jhilli.
When one talks about chhena jhili, Aratabandhu Sahu’s sweet shop is the most famous among both tourists and locals. Be it marriages, thread ceremonies or birthday parties, the shop’s Chhena Jhilli is a must selected on the menu.
Started way back in 1940, Aratabandhu Sahu’s sweet shop is located on the road from Bhubaneswar to Konark via Pipili.
- Indian cottage cheese
- Wheat flour
- Cardamom powder
- Pure Ghee
Especially these are the ingredients. The actual recipe is a family secret and maintained by the successors of the late Aarta Sahoo.
Nimapada (also spelt as Nimapara) is a town and a Notified Area Council (NAC) in Puri district on the way to Konark and 36 km from the state capital Bhubaneswar in the Indian state of Odisha. It also famous for Chenajhili (Indian sweet).