Petha is a sweet, soft candy made from white pumpkin or winter melon and chemical lime. The dessert has a translucent look.
Things to know about Petha Recipe
Petha is called “Oal” in Jharkhand and Bihar. Some people claim that the dish originated in the Mughal Kitchens. Emperor Shah Jehan is said to feed his workers who built the Taj Mahal Peda.
People claim that Shah Jehan wanted a dish that looked as white and pure as the Taj Mahal. But there are no mentions of the dish in the royal cookbooks of that time. There are also mentions of a similar dish before the Mughals.
Sweet Indian Traditional Soft Candy from Uttarakhand. Authentic Recipe of Petha.
— General Atributes of This Recipe:
— ADAPT THE SERVINGS OR PORTIONS BY ENTERING YOUR DESIRED VALUE —
- 1 kg (2.2 lb) White Pumpkin
- 2 tbsp Chemical Lime
- 3 cups White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
- 3 cups Water
- 4 units Green Cardamom Pod Seeds
- 1 tsp Rose Water
- Peel the white pumpkin and remove the seeds.
- Cut the pumpkin into slices and prick it all over using a fork.
- Dissolve chemical lime in water.
- Soak the pumpkin slices in the lime water for 2 hours.
- Drain and wash the pumpkin.
- Boil water and add sugar.
- Add lemon juice and cardamom.
- Cook well. Once the pumpkin is cooked, remove it from the stove.
- Add rose water and serve.
— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:
Cooking tip for making Petha
- You can add color to make the dish look appealing.
- Cool Petha completely before serving.
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