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Paan Petha By Chef Pankaj Bhadouria

Paan Petha

Paan Petha is a unique sweet dish from Agra. Chef Pankaj Bhadouria shares the recipe in detail.
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Cooking Time

10-15 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

10-15 Min



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  • For Paan Petha

    • ½ ash gourd

    • water as required

    • 1 tbsp alum

    • 1 cup water

    • 2 cups sugar

    • water as required

    • 1 tbsp alum

    • 1 tbsp green food colour

    • 1 tbsp green food colour

    • ¼ cup rose petal jam

    • ¼ cup candied fennel seeds

    • ¼ cup candied fruits

    • ¼ cup desiccated coconut powder

    • ¼ cup chopped pistachios

    • ½ tsp cardamom powder

    • ½ tsp saffron

    • 6-7 cloves

    • rose petals for garnish

    • edible silver leaf for garnish


  1. 1

    Peel and deseed ½ ash gourd. Cut it into ½ cm thick slices.
  2. 2

    In a bowl, mix water and alum. Soak the sliced gourd pieces in alum water.
  3. 3

    In a pot, heat water and sugar for the sugar syrup (1:2 ratio). Add green food colour.
  4. 4

    In another pan boil two cups of water, alum and green food colour. Add soaked gourd slices and boil it for 4 – 5 minutes.
  5. 5

    Transfer the boiled slices to the sugar syrup and cook for 12-15 minutes. Remove the slices and set them aside to cool.
  6. 6

    In a bowl mix rose petal jam, candied fennel seeds, candied fruits, desiccated coconut powder, chopped pistachios, cardamom powder, saffron strands and mix well.
  7. 7

    Place the stuffing on a gourd slice, and fold it in a triangle. Seal it with a clove.
  8. 8

    Garnish with some fresh rose petals and edible silver leaf.

Paan Petha is a delicious variety of the famous and traditional sweet Agre Ka Petha from Agra. It is a translucent soft candy made from ash gourd also known as white pumpkin. There are a lot of variations to this simple candy such as kesar petha, angoori petha, chocolate petha and paan petha.

Made with ash gourd and sugar syrup and stuffed with rose petal jam, sweet fennel seeds and candied fruits, this petha just melts in your mouth.

Make this delicious treat at home to surprise your loved ones.

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