Chhena murki, or chenna murki, is a sweet made from an Indian version of cottage cheese, milk and sugar in many states such as Odisha. It's also one of the famous sweets in northern part of India.
Chenna Murki is a famous Bengali sweets made with chenna (moistened form of paneer(Indian cottage cheese)) and dipped in sugar syrup.
For this milk and sugar are boiled to a thick consistency. Round, cubes, cuboid or other shapes of cottage cheese are soaked in the milky condensate.
It basically started from coastal areas in the district of Bhadrak and nowadays it is available in all parts of Odisha. Other flavours and aromatic spices are typically added. It is also known by Bangladeshi and Guyanese people as pera.
It's very easy to make recipe, requires few ingredients, can be made in no time and is very delicious. It just melt in your mouth. Chhena murki is one of my favourite sweets since my childhood. My whole family enjoyed it a lot. My parents always bought chhena murki on my birthday.
Whenever we gather at our parents sweets, the first sweet that we all enjoy together is Chhena Murki. I learned this from my mother. She knows that it is one of my favourite sweets and I don't get this here, so she learned this from her friend and then share the recipe with me. Now I can make it anytime I like to have it.
For chhena murki do not cut the paneer/Indian cottage cheese pieces too big, cut them small but not too small.
Also add paneer pieces only in single thread sugar syrup, because if you put the pieces in thin sugar syrup, there is a possibility that the paneer pieces might break while cooking.
Also it's very important to continuously stir once you add the paneer/Indian cottage cheese pieces into the sugar syrup, so that the sugar syrup coats better over the paneer pieces.