Agra ka Petha

By Pratima Pradeep  |  5th Oct 2016  |  
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About Agra ka Petha Recipe

Agra ka petha is a sweet made of white gourd or pumpkin and it is famous all over the world. A sweet candy made using ash gourd or white pumpkin. The dessert originated in the Northern state of Agra, Uttar Pradesh. There are many variations that are now available to the original agra ka petha recipe. Shredded coconut is added to enhance flavours, some varieties use nuts. One famous variety is called kewda petha that uses a sweet fragrant essence to flavor this unique sweet. Kesar petha or angoori petha are loved by all, there is a big market for these sweets and agra petha recipes are very popular.

Agra ka Petha is one dish which makes its accompaniments tastier. With the right mix of flavours, Agra ka Petha has always been everyone's favourite. This recipe by Pratima Pradeep is the perfect one to try at home for your family. The Agra ka Petha recipe is very simple and can be made in restaurant style using these ingredients. The time taken while preparing Agra ka Petha is 40 minutes and the time taken for cooking is 40 minutes. This is recipe of Agra ka Petha is perfect to serve 10 people. Agra ka Petha is just the appropriate option to prepare when you have a get together or party at home. Be it kids or grownups, everyone just absolutely love Agra ka Petha. So do try it next time and share your experience of cooking Agra ka Petha by commenting on this page below!

Agra ka Petha

Ingredients to make Agra ka Petha

  • 1 kg gourd or white pumpkin
  • 1 and 1/2 kg sugar
  • 1 tea spoon fitakari powder
  • 1/4 kevra water
  • 50 gm grated coconut

How to make Agra ka Petha

  1. Peel the pumpkin and Wash, now cut in large pieces. Prick them with the fork.
  2. Soak them into the fitakari water for 6 to 7 hours.
  3. Then wash and drain it well.
  4. Place a large pan fill with water and boil it. In the boiling water add the pieces of pumpkin. Cover it for 15 min on the medium flame.
  5. Turn off the flame and again drain it well so that no water should be there.
  6. On the gas put sugar and 1/2 cup of water till it becomes thick.
  7. On cooling, add kevra water and grated coconut and serve.

My Tip:

You can use cardamom powder in the place of kevra water.

The city of Agra is known for two things-the wonderful Taj Mahal and the world-renowned Petha. First made in the Mughal King Shah Jahan’s kitchen over 355 years ago, the Petha is one of the most popular Indian desserts that is made and consumed today. There is a very interesting story behind the conception of the Petha and this is linked to the construction of the gorgeous Taj Mahal-a mausoleum that was constructed on the orders of the Mughal King Shah Jahan for his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. The 21,000 workers that were involved in the construction of the Taj Mahal eventually got bored of the regular dal and roti that they were having everyday. Shah Jahan shared this with his chief architect Ustad Isa Effendi, who then requested Pir Naqshbandi Sahib to find a solution to this. It is believed the Pir went into a trance during his prayers one day and received the recipe for Petha from God himself. After this epiphany, 500 cooks started making Petha for the workers and soon the Petha became one of the well-known desserts of Indian cuisine.

The Agra Ka Petha recipe by Pratima Pradeep can easily serve 10 people and takes around 80minutes to make. The step-by-step procedure to create this popular Indian dessert at home has also been given. Often referred to as ‘God’s Sweet’, pethas are believed to be the purest form of sweets made in the country today because this sweetmeat does not contain any additives, impurities and synthetics. Simple ingredients such as pumpkin, sugar and water are used to create this sweet and syrupy delicacy, which can even be consumed during popular fasting periods such as the Navaratras-a fast of nine days that celebrates the nine goddesses in the Hindu religion. Quick and easy to make, the translucent colour of the petha is what makes it stand out from other Indian desserts. The translucent colour of the petha is obtained by adding pricked, large pieces of pumpkin into boiling water and then cooking it for about 15minutes. After this, sugar and water are cooked until thick. When this sugar mixture cools down coconut and kevra water are added to it and this sweet syrup is then poured over the pumpkin and water mixture which solidifies into a jujube-like structure.

The petha, which is essentially a small sweet full of pure syrupy juiciness, is a favourite amongst both kids and adults alike. So create this lovely and simple Agra Ka Petha at home today and satiate the sweet tooth of everyone in your family.

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Reviews for Agra ka Petha (2)

Aman Kaur4 years ago

after draining water what's about pumpkin what should be done with sugar syrup plz elaborate

Meera Deshpande4 years ago

what is fitakari water in