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Indian Sweet Recipe, Diwali Sweet Recipe : Agra Petha Recipe

Learn how to make Agra Petha Recipe for the festive occasion of Diwali!


1 kg. Firm white pumpkin
800 gms. sugar
2 tsp. calcium hydroxide (kitchen lime)
1/2 tsp. alum powder
1 tsp. rose water
3-4 drops kewra essence
2 cups water

Method :

Dissolve alum in 1/2 cup water. Keep aside. 
Dissolve lime in 1 litre water, strain with a clean cloth, twice if required. 
Peel pumpkin, dicard seeds, mushy centre. 
Cut into 1"x2"x1" rectangular blocks or as desired. 
Prick all over with a metal skewer or fork. 
Put pieces in lime water. Soak for 30-35 minutes. 
Drain, wash under clean running water for 2-3 minutes. 
Put in a bowl, sprinkle alum water, shake to coat all pieces evenly. 
Drain, boil pieces in a large heavy pan, till a little soft and exuding water. 
Make a syrup of sugar and water, till 2 1/2 thread consistency (refer syrup method) 
Put drained pumpkin pieces in syrup, boil till syrup becomes thick again. 
Keep covered with a mesh, overnight. 
Drain, boil syrup again till thick, add pieces, reboil for 3-4 minutes. 
Drain out excess syrup, sprinkle essence and rose water. 
Cool completely, refrigerate.