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14 April 2012 38 Comments

Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored Cheesecake

If being stupid, selfish, and having good health are the three requirements for happiness then I must admit that I am a mix of all the three! Let me unveil it for you…the recent after effects of the Indonesian earthquake in India had a mild effect on the properties but caught many people unaware. I was sitting on my dinning table with one hand on my laptop and the other hand holding a tea cup when the incident occurred. Suddenly I felt my heart pumping faster and I could hear my heart beat clearly. I started to sweat and my hand was trembling with the tea cup in it. It did not occur to me that this could be due to an earthquake. I started relating the symptoms with my 40 plus status and all the medical ailments that could remember at that time. I was paying attention to all the minute details of what was happening to me so that I could explain the same to my doctor….phew.  Yes, I was scared out of my wits.

A phone call from Hubby to inquire if I felt the earth quake relieved me and I screamed ” What, an earthquake, thank God”. Confused and a bit startled to comprehend my insane statement, he cut the line.  Being selfish is not a bad thing if it makes you happy without hurting others 🙂

I made this instant no bake dessert the same night to celebrate life and keeping fit  for another year. The Cheesecake is very light with subtle citrus flavors of orange. Cardamom and orange zest gives a freshness to this cheesecake while the cottage cheese makes it lighter and slightly healthier version than the usual cream cheesecakes. Cornflakes base give the extra crunch to the cheesecake.

Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored Cheesecake

Ingredients to go in…


(serve 4)

  • 1 1/2 cup crumbled fresh Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tbsp. condensed milk
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp. Agar-agar powder

For the base;

  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 2 tbsp powder sugar
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter or oil
Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored Cheesecake

Cheesecake in individual servings…

Method; Make cottage cheese (paneer) from skimmed milk and drain all the whey. Grate the peel of an orange to get one tsp. of zest and squeeze the fruit to take out the juice from it.

Soak agar-agar powder in orange juice and leave it for a few minutes. Warm the mixture slightly to help dissolve the agar-agar evenly.

Pour this agar-agar mix into the cottage cheese mixture above.

Add cottage cheese, condensed milk, orange zest and cardamom powder in a blender and blend it to make a paste.

Base; Crush cornflakes coarsely and add rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored Cheesecake

Grease individual small baking pans with oil and add about two tablespoons of cornflakes mixture in it. Press the base gently with the back of a ladle on all sides.

Pour about 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese mixture over the corn flake base in each individual pan and refrigerate all the pans for 4-5 hours till the cheesecake is set.

Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored Cheesecake

The orangy cottage cheese cheesecake is extremely crumble and flavorful.

Cottage Cheese, Orange and Cardamom Flavored Cheesecake

Setting my desserts in individual bowls help me kill two birds with one idea..it makes serving easy and gives a feeling of eating the dessert whole without sharing 🙂


  1. Replace orange zest and juice with that of lemon for a tangy cheesecake recipe.
  2. You could make this recipe in a single serving baking pan also.
  3. As I avoided sugar in the cheesecake filling the recipe is sweetened with milkmaid only. Add extra sugar if you wish to have more sweet.



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  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb said:

    Its weird because we didnt feel the earthquake in goa, not sure if there was any… I have never experienced an earthquake (which I wont need to!) so I dont know how u felt, but I can imagine that it is disturbing. What a nice way to celebrate life with an orange cheesecake. It looks adorable by the way.

  • Nandita said:

    Lovely recipe Sanjeeta. Loved the idea of the corn flake base. The clicks are just stunning 🙂
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  • the wicked noodle said:

    What gorgeous cheesecakes! And such a unique flavor – can’t wait to try them!
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  • Priya said:

    Omg, stunning and irresistible cheesecake,simply love the citrus flavour in cheesecake,well done..
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  • raquel@eRecipe.com said:

    Your no bake goodies are invitingly delicious. Corn flakes and orange… I want to know what it taste like. =)
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  • Sara said:

    Wow a no-bake cheesecake! I need to try this one! Orange & Cardamom flavors sound great!
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    This cheesecake looks so good! Love the idea of a cornflakes crust. Beautiful photos too Sanjeeta 🙂
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  • Deeps @ Naughty Curry said:

    i have never experienced an earthquake and im sure wudav reacted the same way 😀 this delectable cheesecake looks absolutely lovely.. love the flavours going on there
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  • dassana said:

    lovely pics of a delish cheese cake.

    i did not experience this earthquake in goa, but know how it feels when there is an earthquake… we also start quaking and shaking 🙂

    have experienced a couple of earthquakes in mumbai…..
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  • Angie@Angie's Recipes said:

    These look fabulous! Love the cornflake crust.
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  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said:

    I experienced a light earthquake in a hotel in Tokyo once. That’s enough for me.

    I love your cheesecake!
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  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake said:

    Ha, oh my that was is a weird statement but hey, at least you know what you meant and it was not supposed to be that selfish. 😉

    How beautiful your mini cheesecakes look and using agar-agar instead of gelatine (which takes more time, in addition) is always a plus.

    Especially in summer I can imagine a they just perfect for a little afternoon tea outside. 😉
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    Well I am glad the earthquake did not cause you any harm or damage, but I have to admit I was cracking up over your reaction 🙂
    And now onto this amazing treat! Again with the brilliant use of cornflakes! This looks like something I need, and soon 🙂
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
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  • shabbir said:

    really…so tempting & seems dangerously delicious

  • Matt @ RecipeLion said:

    This recipe look great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package:

  • Asmita said:

    This looks so amazing! I love all the flavors and best of all that it is a no bake cheese cake. Awesome!
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  • Katerina said:

    Especially now that summer is coming this cheesecake is perfect. No bake desserts are the best during the hot summer days! I glad the earthquake had no effect on you! Greece suffers from earthquakes too so I know exactly the feeling!
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  • Julie M. said:

    Yikes, an earthquake is scary! I’m just glad you’re all ok. 🙂 I have a weak spot for cheesecake. Your take on it sounds delectable. The combination of orange and cardamon is perfect!
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  • Zee said:

    wow this looks amazing!

  • Baker Street said:

    We felt a tremor a couple of days ago.

    The idea of using a cornflake crust is just brilliant. Orange and cardamom pair perfectly in this no bake treat.
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  • Jamie said:

    Wow! I did once feel an earthquake, maybe the only one in New York City – years ago before I moved to Europe. It was so strange feeling everything shake when you never expect anything like it. Happy you are all okay! And this wonderful little tasty cheesecake looks so good and delicious! No bake is great and orange is even better!

  • Joanne said:

    Oh my does that sound stressful! You defintiely deserved this cheesecake after that!

  • Annapet said:

    Did you say CARDAMOM? Cheesecake? Wow, what’s not to love ;-)! Good to know you are all alright. Unlike moonsoon rains and typhoons, no forecast for earthquake…

    Thank you for sharing this, Sanjeeta!
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  • vianney said:

    So glad your okay, a crust out of cornflakes…great idea!!
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  • Faith said:

    These little cheesecakes are so pretty! I love that you used cornflakes for the base, how delicious. And that little bit of cardamom adds so much flavor!
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  • SRV said:

    Wow… lovely cheesecake recipe!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Lol, we have earthquakes out here often and it takes me a minute sometimes to realize what’s happening too!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    There are a lot of earthquake activities going on everywhere and it made me worried. I grew up having earthquakes pretty often in Japan, yet when it’s fairly big, my heart start beating fast and I get scared. I can totally relate to your feelings. Meanwhile, your cheesecake is so special. Never had cheesecake with these ingredients and as a cheesecake lover, I would love to have a piece of this! Looks beautiful too!
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  • Saee Koranne-Khandekar said:

    I know I’m not the first person saying this but the cornflake base idea is brilliant! Will try this soon. 🙂

  • Bharathy said:

    Lovely lovely cheese cakes, girl! Classic recipe and shots!

    Interesting ‘from the heart’ write up too 🙂
    We didnt feel the tremor here at all..
    Happy for my dear Chennaites and Thank God for keeping all safe!

  • mjskit said:

    It’s amazing how our mind works. It’s so easy to think the worst when you don’t know what is going on. I’m glad to see that you found something to make you feel better and then decided to share it with us. I love this recipe! The fact that it’s no cook is good enough, but the orange flavor in a cheesy cake with crunchy crust – sounds perfect! Your pictures make it an easy sell.
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  • Jennifer (Delicieux) said:

    What a wonderfully different cheesecake. I love the idea of the cornflake base!
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  • Jayashree said:

    That’s a gorgeous looking dessert, Sanjeeta….
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  • Karen said:

    ah, love this story! Good that you’re happy, too!
    These cheesecakes look amazing, with perfect flavors. And I love the idea of the cornflakes for the crust…I’ll have to remember that one!
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  • Terra said:

    This sounds so decadent, and full of gorgeous flavors! I love the cornflake crust:-) Hugs, Terra
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  • Baby said:

    Have some weakness to delicious foodstuffs becoz I love it. Not controlling myself having seen these pretty cheesecakes pics until test. Thanks for this gorgeous & stunning recipe to unveil.

  • Preeti said:

    Looks interesting….

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