Petha (Ashgourd Sweet) Recipe

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Petha (Ashgourd Sweet) Recipe Ingredients

 1 kg safed petha (ash gourd /white pumpkin) out of a large, hard one
2 tsp chemical lime (chuna)
3/4 kg (3 cups) sugar
3 cups water
1 tbsp lemon juice
3-4 green cardamoms-peeled and crushed
1 tsp gulab jal (rose water)

Petha (Ashgourd Sweet) Recipe Procedure

  1.  Peel the pumpkin and remove the seeds and the soft portion (fibres). Cut into large, thick slices. Prick well with a fork, all over.
  2. Dissolve 1 tsp lime in water to cover pumpkin and soak for 2 hours. Remove pieces, throw water and wash well. Cut into cubes and soak once again in a fresh lot of lime for another 2 hours.
  3. Drain pieces and wash thoroughly, squeezing out the water and rinsing again so that no trace of the lime remains. Boil water and cook petha till cooked through and transparent.
  4. In the meantime, make syrup of sugar, water, lemon juice and cardamoms till one thread consistency.
  5. Keep the syrup warm and when pumpkin pieces are cooked through, lift them out with a slotted spoon and transfer into the syrup. Simmer a couple of minutes, shut off the heat and add the rose water and mix well.

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