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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
How to Make Agra Petha
Dissolve alum in 1/2 cup of water. Keep aside.
Dissolve lime in 1 liter water and strain with a clean cloth, twice if required.
Peel pumpkin and discard the seeds and the mushy center.
Cut the pumpkin into 1x2x1 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 the pieces in a bowl, sprinkle alum water and shake to coat all pieces evenly.
Drain and 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.
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