Agra Petha must be the second most famous aspect about Agra after the Taj Mahal!

Such is the fame of this Petha Sweet in Agra that it is fondly called “Agra Ka Petha” which literally means Agra’s Own Petha!


This petha can be classified as one of those recipes that is extremely local to the region like the “Thirunelveli Halwa“.

But such is the taste of this Agra Petha Recipe, that it has slowly crawled its way into mainstream dessert lists. Though it is still rare to get this in all the sweet shops, the day is not far when it starts to get sold across all shops at least in the Indian arena!

WHAT IS AGRA PETHA

Petha is nothing but a candy made from Winter Melon or White Pumpkin. The winter melon, as you know is soft and juicy – and not sweet by nature.

So the task is to get that candy like feel when you have it – that’s this Agra Petha Recipe is all about!

If you need to know more on Petha, do check out the Wiki page that explains in detail.

HOW TO MAKE PETHA

INGREDIENTS

  • White Pumpkin / Winter Melon – 1 kg. This needs to be cut into 2″ by 2″ pieces.
  • Slaked Lime – 1 tsp. Slaked lime is the one that hardens the soft pumpkin and gives the candy feeling to the recipe.
  • Sugar – 3 cups.
  • Lemon – 1 piece. To make lemon juice and wash the white pumpkin in it.
  • Cardamom Powder – 1 tbsp

Agra Petha - Ingredients

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and the fibrous portion. Cut 20 pieces out of it – 2″ by 2″ in size (approximately).

Prick these pieces using a fork so that small holes are made. This is done so that when this is soaked in slaked lime, it hardens the soft pumpkin and gives the candy feeling to the recipe.

Agra Petha - Step 1

STEP 2

Dissolve 1 tsp of slaked lime in water and add the pumpkins to it. Add as much water as needed so that the pumpkins are covered completely.

Now let this to soak overnight for 8 hours at least. This is to make sure the White Pumpkin or Petha absorbs all the water.

After 8 hours you will notice that the pumpkin has become hard.

Agra Petha - Step 2

STEP 3

Take the pumpkin pieces out after 8 hours and wash them thoroughly. This is very important. This is to make sure all lime content has been washed off!

You can squeeze the pieces to drain water and wash them 2 to 3 times.

Again – you will notice that the pumpkin has hardened now.

Agra Petha - Step 3

STEP 4

Now squeeze the lemon in a bowl of water and wash the hardened pumpkins again in this juice 2 to 3 times.

This is to make sure the slaked lime taste (if any) is taken out and also add a bit of lemon taste to it.

Agra Petha - Step 4

STEP 5

After washing, add the pumpkin pieces to boiling water to cook them. This will take 10 – 15 minutes and you will notice the pumpkin pieces become soft and transparent.

How will you know it is cooked? If you prick the pumpkin pieces using a tooth pick or fork, then it makes a hole with little effort. And it becomes transparent as well.

Agra Petha - Step 5

STEP 6

Now leave the pieces outside in a fan to dry. This will take 30 minutes, but it needs to be completely dried.

STEP 7

Add the 3 cups sugar to a pan and start heating in low flame. Add the dried pethas into the pan and mix them thoroughly in the same low flame. After 10 minutes or so, the sugar starts to melt as shown.

Agra Petha - Step 7-1

Keep heating in low flame and here is when you can add the cardamom powder or rose essence if needed. This is optional, but adds a wonderful taste to the Agra-ka-Petha!

Wait until the sugar syrup dries up, switch off the flame now.

Agra Petha - Step 7-2

STEP 8

After 5 minutes, move the pumpkin pieces to a different plate and set aside to cool.

Once cooled, the pieces are now tasty candies and can be served!

Store in an air tight container for future use!

Agra Petha - Step 8

Agra Petha

Agra Petha | Petha Recipe| How to make Petha

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Agra Petha, agra petha recipe, How to make Petha, petha sweet
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 74 kcal
Author: Homemade Cuisines

Agra Petha recipe details all the steps required to make this exquisite and famous dessert at your home in the right way, bringing all the aspects to your eyes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 kg White Pumpkin / Winter Melon
  • 1 tsp Slaked Lime
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Piece Lemon
  • 1 tbsp Cardamom Powder

Instructions

  1. Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and the fibrous portion. Cut 20 pieces out of it - 2" by 2" in size (approximately).

    Prick these pieces using a fork so that small holes are made. This is done so that when this is soaked in slaked lime, the effect gets inside the pumpkin and makes it hard.

  2. Dissolve 1 tsp of slaked lime in water and add the pumpkins to it. Add as much water as needed so that the pumpkins are covered completely.

    Now let this to soak overnight for 8 hours at least. This is to make sure the White Pumpkin or Petha absorbs all the water.

    After 8 hours you will notice that the pumpkin has become hard.

  3. Take the pumpkin pieces out after 8 hours and wash them thoroughly. This is very important. This is to make sure all lime content has been washed off!

    You can squeeze the pieces to drain water and wash them 2 to 3 times.

    Again - you will notice that the pumpkin has hardened now.

  4. Now squeeze the lemon in a bowl of water and wash the hardened pumpkins again in this juice 2 to 3 times.

    This is to make sure the slaked lime taste (if any) is taken out and also add a bit of lemon taste to it.

  5. After washing, add the pumpkin pieces to boiling water to cook them. This will take 10 - 15 minutes and you will notice the pumpkin pieces become soft and transparent.

    How will you know it is cooked? If you prick the pumpkin pieces using a tooth pick or fork, then it makes a hole with little effort. And it becomes transparent as well.

  6. Now leave the pieces outside in a fan to dry. This will take 30 minutes, but it needs to be completely dried.

  7. Add the 3 cups sugar to a pan and start heating in low flame. Add the dried pethas into the pan and mix them thoroughly in the same low flame. After 10 minutes or so, the sugar starts to melt as shown.

    Keep heating in low flame and here is when you can add the cardamom powder or rose essence if needed. This is optional, but adds a wonderful taste to the Agra-ka-Petha!

    Wait until the sugar syrup dries up, switch off the flame now.

  8. After 5 minutes, move the pumpkin pieces to a different plate and set aside to cool. Before moving the pieces, you can also add some rose water for more flavor and mix it well.

    Once cooled, the pieces are now tasty candies and can be served!

    Store in an air tight container for future use!

Recipe Notes

  • The slaked lime used here is 1tsp. This makes the petha fairly hard. If you want a soft and spongy petha, then add just 1 pinch of slaked lime. More the slaked lime, the more hard the petha becomes.
  • Prick the pieces using a fork so that small holes are made. This is done so that the slaked lime gets inside the pumpkin and makes it hard.
  • Wash the pumpkin pieces thoroughly. This is very important. This is to make sure all lime content has been washed off!
  • How will you know the pumpkin is cooked? If you prick the pumpkin pieces using a tooth pick or fork, then it makes a hole with little effort. And it becomes transparent as well.
Nutrition Facts
Agra Petha | Petha Recipe| How to make Petha
Amount Per Serving (20 pieces)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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