All of us who have a sweet tooth especially for Indian sweets must have been well known with Petha and specially Agra ka Petha. This very famous sweet from the city of Taj Mahal- Agra has a nostalgic place in some of our childhood memories. This is our amateur effort to recreate this expressed recipe hope this turns out as good as original for all of us.
- 500 gms Ash Gourd / Petha
- 500 gms Sugar
- 1 tsp Lime juice
- 1 full tsp Alum Powder / Phitkari
- Few drops of any Essence to flavor
- Saffron or few drops of Food Color ( Optional )
- 1 tbsp Coconut Powder
- Castor Sugar as per required to coat
- Wash and peel the Petha
- Cut into big chunks about 2” inch in size.
- Take out the seeds along with the soft portion.
- Pierce the Petha pieces with a fork from all sides.
- Properly immerse the pieces of Petha into the Alum powder mixed water for about 4 hours.
- After this take out and dry the pieces under a fan for about half hour.
- Now prepare the sugar syrup dissolving sugar along with 1 cup of water.
- Add Lemon juice.
- When the sugar syrup boils up and starts getting thick add the paces of Petha into it with saffron or any food color as desired.
- Keep on boiling them for about 4 min on a low flame.
- Put off the burner now and keep the Petha pieces in the sugar syrup for about 4 to 5 min.
- You can see them turning transparent in color.
- Take them out now over a sieve to cool down and dry up.
- Here you can sprinkle any kind of Essence over them.
- Keep the Petha pieces in a cool and dry place for about 12 hours.
- You can now coat them up with Castor sugar and Coconut powder.
- You can store the Petha for about a month in an air tight container at a cool and dry place.
- Make Petha in a heavy bottom non stick pan to avoid over cooking or burning of Petha.
- Make sure that your pieces of Petha don’t become too soft while boiling.
- Turning of the Petha transparent signifies that the pieces have well absorbed the sugar.
- You can reuse the prepared sugar syrup to add sugar in tea, coffee or any other sweet item preparation.