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Agra Petha - This is a recipe for the festive occasion of Diwali! A very sweety snack!!
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Date Added: July 10, 2008 Season: Diwali
Category: Snacks Prep. Method: Other
Calories:   Dish Type: Other
Serves: 7 Cuisine: Indian
Prep. Time: 1 hr    
Rating: (13)  
Agra Petha - Ingredients:

Firm white pumpkin 1 kg. 
sugar 800 gms. 
calcium hydroxide (kitchen lime) 2 tsp. 
alum powder 1/2 tsp. 
rose water 1 tsp. 
kewra essence 3-4 drops 
water 2 cups 
Agra Petha - Directions:
  1. Dissolve alum in 1/2 cup water. Keep aside.

  2. Dissolve lime in 1 litre water, strain with a clean cloth, twice if required.

  3. Peel pumpkin, dicard seeds, mushy centre.

  4. Cut into 1"x2"x1" rectangular blocks or as desired.

  5. Prick all over with a metal skewer or fork.

  6. Put pieces in lime water. Soak for 30-35 minutes.

  7. Drain, wash under clean running water for 2-3 minutes.

  8. Put in a bowl, sprinkle alum water, shake to coat all pieces evenly.

  9. Drain, boil pieces in a large heavy pan, till a little soft and exuding water.

  10. Make a syrup of sugar and water, till 2 1/2 thread consistency (refer syrup method)

  11. Put drained pumpkin pieces in syrup, boil till syrup becomes thick again.

  12. Keep covered with a mesh, overnight.

  13. Drain, boil syrup again till thick, add pieces, reboil for 3-4 minutes.

  14. Drain out excess syrup, sprinkle essence and rose water.

  15. Cool completely, refrigerate.

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