Indian cuisine is full with hundreds of varieties of sweets and Petha is one them ehich is made with pumpkin. It is a simplest form of sweet which can be made quite easily at home. Kids, elders, younger, every body love to eat Petha. Make it for any occasion or serve after lunch or dinner and give treat to those who have sweet tooth.
- A white firm pumpkin weighing half kilograms
- Half teaspoon of phitkari (alum powder)
- Quarter teaspoon of kewra water (screwpine water)
- One cup of sugar
- Half teaspoon of rose water
- Two cups of water
- One teaspoon calcium hydroxide
Cut the pumpkin into cubes and pierce them with the fork. Mix water and calcium hydroxide together and soak the pumpkin pieces in it for half an hour. Strain the pumpkin pieces and wash them thoroughly with clean water. Take half cup water and dissolve phitkari in it. Pour this water over pumpkin pieces in a bowl so that every piece gets coated. Strain the pumpkin pieces again and boil them in clean water. Cook two cups of water and sugar together until the sugar gets dissolved, add pumpkin pieces and cook until the sugar syrup gets thick. Take out the pieces and keep the sugar syrup aside whole night. Next day, boil the syrup again with pieces. After few minutes, put off the flame and let the mixture cool. Pour kewra and sugar water and keep it in refrigerator.
Delicious petha is ready to serve!