Agra dry petha recipe: How to make dry petha at home? Petha sweet or winter melon candy is one of the famous Indian mithai. This sweet is cooked in sugar syrup and made with petha kaddu/winter melon/ash gourd. Winter melon dipped and dried in sugar syrup with kewra flavor.
You can also add mango, rose or any other flavor of your choice. This perfect Indian sweet/dessert is ideal to make in winters because winter melons are easily available in the market. Serve this sweet dish after it is completely cooled down. Follow step by step instruction and correct cooking technique to make dry petha at home.
Dry Petha Sweet Recipe Ingredients:-
- 500 grams winter melon/ Ash gourd/ Petha kaddu
- 150 grams sugar
- 6-7 drops screwpine/ kewra essence
- 1 tsp edible limestone/ chuna.
How to Make Dry Petha Sweet Recipe:-
Cut winter melon into circular ring. Remove centre soft part of winter melon. Cut rest of the circular part in petha shape. Now check cut petha pieces and if you see any soft part discard them. Peel petha skin and make sure green part is not left. Scrub the side with knife that had green skin. This will help in even coating of sugar. Take a tooth pick and prick petha pieces from all the sides.
In a large bowl add enough water add 1 tsp edible limestone. There are two main reasons for adding limestone. It makes pethas firm and help in retaining white color. Add petha pieces in limestone water and leave it for 8 hours.
Take out from limestone water after 8 hours and rinse well atleast 3-4 times. In a pan boil 3 cups of water on medium heat. In boiling water add petha pieces and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, check petha with a tooth pick. Petha.