Obatzda (My Take On The Classic Bavarian Cheese)


100 grams goat camembert, cut into cubes at room temperature
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese made from of low fat milk, see the recipe (http://rachanakothari.blogspot.com/2009/12/cottage-cheese-paneer.html)
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 tablespoons low fat yogurt
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/8 teaspoon pepper powder (more or less)
1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder or paprika powder (more or less)
salt to taste
1/8 cup onion, finely chopped, to garnish
pretzel to garnish
chives, finely chopped, to garnish


Combine camembert, cottage cheese (cooled to room temperature), sunflower oil, yogurt, salt, pepper, red chilli powder and cumin seeds in a bowl of a food processor.
Transfer the well blend cheese mixture into a bowl and chill for 2-3 hrs.
Garnish the Obatzda with chives, onions and pretzel and serve.


This weekend saw the start of the famous Oktoberfest. It is a 16 day to 18 day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is the largest folk-festival in the world and one of the most popular annual events in Germany, with some six million people attending every year.

Oktoberfest means a lot of beer, people dressed in beautiful traditional bavarian dresses and lots of food and fun. On the Theresienwiese (the fair ground) one can find a lot of rides, for both children and adults, lots of food stalls, and a number of beer tents, built just for the fest. They also serve traditional bavarian delicacies like Hendl (chicken), W├╝rst (sausages), Weisswurst (white sausages), Brezn (pretzels), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut and also Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese concoction) and a lot of other traditional hearty fare.

To go with the fever of Oktoberfest, I decided to make the famous bavarian cheese delicacy Obatzda. There are several ways to make it and this recipe here is my take on it. Obatzda is usually eaten with bread or pretzels and is a classic example of Bavarian biergarten food.

I have tried and made a (comparatively) healthier version. Hope you like it.




Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 4:33am


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