Authentic Agra Petha

by sangeeta shah     May 18, 2011
Authentic Agra Petha
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 1 batch
Prep Time: 5 Min(s)
Cook Time: 30 Min(s)
Ready In: 8.5 Hour(s)
It is the famous sweet of Agra, named after the city. It can be made in different colors, flavours, shapes, and sizes.
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1/2 teaspoon alum powder [+]
2 teaspoons calcium hydroxide (kitchen lime) [+]
1 kg firm white pumpkin [+]
800 grams sugar [+]
3-4 drops kewra essence [+]
1 teaspoon rose water [+]


1. Dissolve alum in 1/2 cup water, set aside.  Dissolve lime in 1 litre of water, strain with a
clean cloth, twice if required.

2. Peel pumpkin, discard seeds and mushy centre.  Cut into 1″ x 2″ x 1″ rectangular blocks or as desired.

3. Prick all over with a metal skewer or fork. Put pieces in lime water.  Soak for 30-35

4. Drain, wash under clean running water for 2-3 minutes.  Put in a bowl, sprinkle alum water on top and shake to coat all pieces evenly.

5. Drain and boil pieces in a large heavy pan, until a little soft and exuding water.

6. Make a syrup of sugar and 2 cups water, until 2 1/2 thread consistency.

7. Put drained pumpkin pieces in syrup and boil until syrup becomes thick again.  Keep covered with mesh, overnight.

8. Remove pumpkin, boil syrup again until thick, return pumpkin, and reboil for 3-4 minutes. Drain out excess syrup, sprinkle with kewra essence and rose water.  Cool completely, refrigerate.

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