Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Nayagarh, Nov 23:
Sudarshan Sahu, the man who invented Odisha’s famed Chhenapoda, today passed away due to old age related ailments.
He breathed his last at his Kacheri Bazaar home in Nayagarh town. Sahu was 86. He is survived by by 3 sons and 2 daughters.
Dozens thronged his ancestral house to pay their last respect to the local legend after the news of his death surfaced.
“My father invented Chhenapoda—as it is now known across the state and beyond. It started back in 1947 when he came to Daspalla to start a hotel there. He came out with the now-famous sweet after trying out with the left over cottage cheese. He made our state proud,” said his son Saman Sahu while adding that former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru were among the big-shots who tried out Chhenapoda made by Sahu with much admiration.