Agra Petha Recipe

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1 kg. Firm white pumpkin
800 gms. sugar
2 tsp. calcium hydroxide (kitchen lime)
1/2 tsp. alum powder
1 tsp. rose water
3-4 drops kewra essence
2 cups water


  1. Dissolve alum in 1/2 cup water. Keep aside.
  2. Dissolve lime in 1 litre water, strain with a clean
    cloth, twice if required.
  3. Peel pumpkin, dicard seeds, mushy centre.
  4. Cut into 1″x2″x1″ rectangular blocks or as desired.
  5. Prick all over with a metal skewer or fork.
  6. Put pieces in lime water. Soak for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Drain, wash under clean running water for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Put in a bowl, sprinkle alum water, shake to coat all pieces evenly.
  9. Drain, boil pieces in a large heavy pan, till a little soft and exuding water.
  10. Make a syrup of sugar and water, till 2 1/2 thread consistency (refer syrup method)
  11. Put drained pumpkin pieces in syrup, boil till syrup becomes thick again.
  12. Keep covered with a mesh, overnight.
  13. Drain, boil syrup again till thick, add pieces, reboil for 3-4 minutes.
  14. Drain out excess syrup, sprinkle essence and rose water.
  15. Cool completely, refrigerate.

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