Petha is a translucent desi candy from North India. If there’s something close to the fame and popularity of Taj Mahal in Agra, it has to be ‘Petha’. It is one of the purest sweetmeats in the world as it contains only vegetable, water and sugar.
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Petha is made from Ash Gourd in a traditional way. It is said that the sweet originated in the kitchens of Shah Jahan some 360 years back. It is said to have been invented during the construction of the Taj Mahal. The 21,000 workers who were building this monument were bored of consuming the same meal every day, which mostly consisted of dal and roti.Hearing their plea, Emperor Shah Jahan shared this concern with master architect Ustad Isa Effendi, who requested Pir Naqshbandi Sahib for a solution to the Emperor’s worries. It is believed that Pir had a dream where he learned the recipe from the Almighty. He then went ahead and taught his team of 500 cooks how to make petha and it was sent to the workers.
The sweet is now available in several flavour variants like Angoori Petha, Kesari Petha, then there are some mixed with nuts and some flavoured with Kewda essence.
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