Petha

Petha is a candy prepared using Ash Pumpkin / Gourd. It is popularly known as Agra Petha as it is extensively available in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Time Required: 1 Hour + Soaking Time

Agra Petha

Ingredients:
500 gms Booda Kumbalakayi / Ash Gourd / Petha
3 Cups Sugar
1tbsp Sunna / Quick Lime

Petha

Method:
Peel and cut Ash gourd into big cubes. Prick the cubes of Petha with a fork.

Agra Petha

Picture above – Lime water

Dissolve Quick Lime in one and a half liters of water.

Petha

Picture above – Petha cubes soaked in Lime water

Immerse the cubes in this water for 3 to 4 hours. Drain the cubes and wash the pieces thoroughly with water.
Picture above – Petha cubes washed in plain water

Boil the cubes in water for 10 minutes. Remove the cubes from water and spread them on a cloth.

Ash Gourd Candy Petha

Picture above – Petha cubes boiled in water and spread on a cloth

Add 4 Cups water to the Sugar and prepare a thick syrup. Add Petha pieces to the boiling syrup and continue to heat until you get a double thread consistency.

Petha

Picture above – Petha cubes in boiling sugar syrup

Remove from heat and leave it aside for 8 hours.

Petha

Drain off the excess syrup.  After few hours store the candy in airtight containers.

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