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Petha (candied ash gourd)

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

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: 
Medium
Channel: 
VeganLife
Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Crunchy
Dish: 
Candy
Occasion: 
Diwali, Holi, Wedding
Interest: 
Holiday, Everyday, Kids, Party
Restriction: 
Vegan, Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Gourd
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
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.
Subtitle: 
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

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