Petha


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The Petha is a special north Indian mithai that is especially famous in some regions like Agra and Mathura. The moment you have a look at the ingredients list you will realise that this sweet is very unlike other sweets you might have cooked or tasted before. Simply put, the Petha is a sweetened cube of ash gourd, but the use of ingredients like lime and alum, as well as the special preparation procedure, give it a off-beat texture that is crisp, juicy, chewy and kind of melt-in-the-mouth too!


It is quite difficult to explain the fabulous experience, which has to be tried first-hand to understand. The Petha can be stored in the refrigerator for a few weeks, so you can comfortably make a large batch and enjoy it whenever you wish. The Rajasthanis especially like to pop a Petha into their mouth after meals, so you could try doing that too.


Also check out the petha variants - Petha Paan and Angoori Petha .

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Petha recipe - How to make Petha

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 30 pieces
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Ingredients
4 cups ash gourd cubes , cut into 50 mm. x 50 mm. (2” x 2”)
1 tsp slaked lime (chuna)
2 tsp powdered alum (phitkari)
3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp kewda essence
powdered sugar for rolling
Method
  1. Prick each ash gourd cube with a fork at close intervals.
  2. Combine the slaked lime with enough water in a deep bowl and mix well till it dissolves completely.
  3. Add the pricked ash gourd and mix well. Cover it with a lid and keep aside overnight.
  4. Next day, drain and wash the ash gourd thoroughly under running water and keep aside.
  5. Boil enough water in a deep non-stick pan, add the powdered alum and mix well till it dissolves completely.
  6. Add the ash gourd, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Drain well and again wash the ash gourd thoroughly under running water. Keep aside.
  8. Combine the sugar and 1½ cups of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 4 minutes or till the sugar dissolves completely, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the ash gourd, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  10. Cover it with a lid and keep aside for 24 hours.
  11. Strain the ash gourd in a deep bowl and keep the sugar water aside.
  12. Transfer the sugar water into a deep non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  13. Switch off the flame, add the ash gourd and mix well. Cover it with a lid and keep aside for 24 hours.
  14. Repeat step 11 to 13 for next 2 days.
  15. On the 4th day, again strain the ash gourd in a deep bowl and keep the sugar water aside.
  16. Transfer the sugar water into a deep non-stick pan and cook on a medium flame for 7 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  17. Switch off the flame, add the kewda essence and mix well.
  18. Add the ash gourd and mix well. Cover it with a lid and keep aside for 24 hours.
  19. After 24 hours, cook the ash gourd along with the remaining sugar syrup on a medium flame for 5 minutes, while stirring continuously.
  20. Strain the excess sugar syrup using a strainer and discard it.
  21. Once the ash gourd is completely drained, roll each cube in the powdered sugar. Drain the excess sugar using a sieve.
  22. Repeat step 21 once again with the ash gourd.
  23. Place the ash gourd cubes on a perforated plate at regular intervals and allow it to dry overnight or till firm.
  24. Serve or store refrigerated in an air-tight container.


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Petha
5
 on 29 Feb 16 02:00 PM


Hey I tried to make the petha sweet at home but the problem is that it does not get dry n hard so I don''t kno how or what is d best way to do Please do advice Swapnil
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Swapnil, sorry for delayed reply.. We have retried this recipe in our kitchen.. we have changed the recipe.. and this has turned very well. Please do try the recipe exactly, and you will be happy with the result.. Do try the recipe and give us your feedback.. Happy cooking!
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12 May 16 09:51 AM
Petha
5
 on 12 Jun 13 11:18 AM


Excellent