Agra Ka Petha–Juicy Ash Gourd Candy–Home Made Petha Recipe–Indian Recipe

Ingredients –

  1. Ash Gourd ( Winter melon)– 1 kg (wash and dry)
  2. Limestone / Chuna – 1 tbsp.
  3. Sugar – 750 gm. (as per your taste)
  4. Food color (optional)
  5. Rose or kewra essence (optional)

Method –

  • Peel the ash gourd skin and make sure the green part is not left.
  • Cut in rectangular shape or you can also use cookie cutter to give other shapes of your choice.
  • Pierce all around with the help of fork or toothpick.
  • Take a bowl add enough water, add  limestone, mix with your hand and let it dissolve properly.
  • Drop all pieces of ash gourd in water, mix well and leave it for 7-8 hours.
  • After 7-8 hours take out from limestone water and rinse well at least 2-3 times.
  • Heat a pan add enough water on medium heat.
  • Add all the ash gourd pieces and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • After 6 minutes turn off the heat, take out all the ash gourd form the hot water and drop the pieces in chilled water.
  • Take out all the ash gourd pieces and add sugar, toss it well and coat all the pieces evenly.
  • Cover and leave it for 1 ½  hours.
  • After 1 ½ hours sugar is dissolved.
  • If you want you can add food color and rose or kewra essence  5-6 drops.
  • Turn on the stove on medium heat, cook till ash gourd start looking transparent.
  • Stir continuously so it doesn’t burn.
  • Once sugar is almost dissolved and syrup becomes thick, turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  • Take out Pethas one by one and leave it to dry in fan for 10 – 11 hours.
  • After Agra ka petha is dried completely, it’s ready to serve…

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