How to make Chhena Panki -

Chenna mixture sandwiched between banana leaves and pan cooked.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Chenna (छैना), Banana leaves (केले के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Bengali

Course : Snacks and Starters

Chhena Panki

Chhena Panki Recipe Card


The Bengalis are great food lovers and take pride in their cuisine.  In fact so obsessed are they about food, that the man of the house goes to the market daily to buy a fresh supply vegetables and fish which is a must in their daily menu.  The medium of cooking is mustard oil which adds its own pungency.  Another very important item of Bengali cuisine is the variety of sweets or mishti as they call them.  Most of them are milk based and are prepared from chhena.
A meal, for the Bengali, is a ritual in itself.  Bengalis spend not only the great deal of time thinking about the food but also on its preparation and eating. 

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Chhena Panki Recipe

  • Chenna 1 cup

  • Banana leaves 4

  • Pistachios 20-25

  • Raisins 3 tablespoons

  • Saffron (kesar) 1 teaspoon

  • Honey 1 tablespoon

  • ghee 1 teaspoon + for greasing


Step 1

Cut discs from banana leaves using a large cookie cutter.

Step 2

Take chhena in a bowl.

Step 3

Sliver pistachios and add alongwith raisins, soaked saffron and honey and mix well.

Step 4

Grease banana leaves with ghee. Place some chhena mixture on one side and spread evenly. Bring the other half over and fold into a crescent shaped panki. Discard the excess mixture.

Step 5

Heat 1 teaspoon ghee in a non-stick pan. Place pankis on top and sear for a minute. Flip and sear form another side till done.

Step 6

Serve immediately.

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