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!
Keyword Agra Petha, agra petha recipe, How to make Petha, petha sweet
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 1hour30minutes
Total Time 2hours
Author Homemade Cuisines
1kgWhite Pumpkin / Winter Melon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now leave the pieces outside in a fan to dry. This will take 30 minutes, but it needs to be completely dried.
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.
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!
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.