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Petha (candied ash gourd)

srividya76's picture
This a traditional recipe made from the Petha, a form of sweet that is made from Ash-Pumpkins.
  Ash gourd 1 Kilogram
  Sugar 750 Gram
  Alum powder 1 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon

Cut ash gourd into half, remove skin and seeds and cut into pieces of desired size.
Prick them with a fork or any other pointed thing.
Place petha pieces in a large pan and pour sufficient water so as to just cover the pieces. Add alum powder and boil for about ten to fifteen minutes.
Remove from heat, drain and wash thoroughly under running water.
Combine sugar with one cup of water and heat till sugar dissolves.
Add lemon juice to remove scum, if any.
Reduce heat to medium and add boiled petha.
Continue cooking till pethas get softened and sugar syrup is of three-thread consistency.
Remove from heat, remove pethas and keep the pieces separately, so that they do not stick to each other.
Serve when cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Diwali, Holi, Wedding
Holiday, Everyday, Kids, Party
Vegan, Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
The Petha of Agra is more than a century old. It has been an Indian favourite due to its medicinal properties and sublime flavour. The clustering of enterprises involved in the production of Petha sweet occurred in Agra due to the availability of raw fruit here and the fondness of the local people for sweets.
Petha (Candied Ash Gourd)

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 811 Calories from Fat 3

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.32 g0.5%

Saturated Fat 0.07 g0.34%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 10 mg0.4%

Total Carbohydrates 209 g69.8%

Dietary Fiber 3.8 g15.1%

Sugars 192.9 g

Protein 2 g4.8%

Vitamin A 68.4% Vitamin C 54.1%

Calcium 7.2% Iron 8.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Anonymous's picture
what is the alternative for alum powder. can I use calcium lime?
Anonymous's picture
what is the alternative for alum powder. can I use calcium lime?
Anonymous's picture
what is the alternative for alum powder. can I use calcium lime?
Anonymous's picture
I am not sure about calcium lime, but I have seen people using cream of tartar as a substitute for alim powder. In fact I have used it in some of my preparations too. But in this recipe, i think chef will only have to reply :)
Anonymous's picture
where can i find alum n english name for ash gourd
Anonymous's picture
ash gourd is 'kohla' in Marathi
Anonymous's picture
ash gourd or ash-pumpkin is called as 'Kohla' in Marathi
p.kulkarni's picture
Alum is called Fitkari in may get it at any asian or chienese grocery store.ash gourd is called "Lauki" or Doodhi too.
editor's picture
Ash Gourd is a type of pumpkin, which normally grows on the thatched roof. In English, it is known as Green Pumpkin or White Gourd or Fuzzy Melon or Hairy Melon. This is a common vegetable grown in Southern and Eastern part of Asia.
anisha's picture
make juice and drink early morning empty stomach... good for blood pressure and diabetics...
Ashwini68's picture
Ash Gourd is called "Bhooa" in Bihar & Jharkhand. It's Petha is known as "Murabba"
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