How To Make Petha - An Amazing Indian Sweet Made From Fresh Vegetable
Petha is a famous sweetmeat of India. It is made from a vegetable fruit named Ash Gourd. Although Petha is made in the northern states of India, it is equally famous in the other parts of the Indian subcontinent also. The Petha of Agra is most famous throughout India. Alum is used to make the pethas clean and bacteria free. In India this type of alum is called Fitkari and widely available in the local market in the crystal form.
- Ash Gourd 1 KG peeled and cut)
- Alum Powder 1 tsp
- Sugar 750 g
- Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
- Take the ash gourd pieces and pierce it with a fork
- Take a large pan of water
- Put it on flame and bring it to boiling point
- Add alum powder to it
- Add ash gourd pieced to it
- Boil it for fifteen minutes and take off from heat
- Drain the water and immediately wash it thoroughly under cold water
- Take one cup of water in a pan and put it on flame
- Add sugar to it and cook it till the sugar is dissolved
- Add lemon juice to the sugar syrup
- Lower the flame and add the ash gourd pieces to it
- Cook till the ash gourd is completely cooked
- The consistency of the sugar syrup should be such that it should form a thread when you take it in a spoon and try to make a drop of it
- Take off from heat and arrange the pethas in a tray; it should not stick to each other
- Allow it to cool completely
- Serve cold
- It can be preserved for a few months also
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