Petha: The Ubiquitous Mithai of Northern India

I’ve eaten a lot of Petha growing up in Uttar Pradesh, India, as a child.  There’d always be a piece or two in a mixed-mithai box, and of course, you could buy it separately, if you wished.  I was never a big fan of it, but I never disliked it either.  The petha from Agra was always said to be the best of its kind.

Made from pumpkins and melons, the petha is quite a unique sweet, and the other day, I happened to chance on it in our local Indian grocery store.  For old times’ sake, and to introduce it to my kids, I picked it up and brought it home.

“Interesting candy” is the comment I got from my secondborn– which is saying a lot, considering she might not have ventured with a second bite had she not liked the first!  But she did, which brought a big smile to my face, and I thought to myself I should bring some Gur Revdi the next time!

Here’s what it looked like.  If you wish to learn more about Petha, check out the wiki entry here.  And if you want to try some, go get some! 

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