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Not to be confused with Peda.
CourseDesserted food
Place of originAgra, India
Region or statecentral India
Main ingredientsAsh gourd vegetable, sugar
VariationsKesar petha, Angoori petha, dry petha, Lal petha, chocolate petha, slice petha, Pan Petha , gulab petha

Petha (Hindi: पेठा pronounced [ˈpeːʈʰaː]) is a translucent soft candy from Agra. Usually rectangular or cylindrical, it is made from the ash gourd vegetable (also known as winter melon or white pumpkin, or simply petha in Hindi and Urdu).[1]

With growing demand and innovation, more varieties of the original preparation are available. Many flavoured variants are available, e.g. kesar petha, angoori petha etc. There are some other variations based on content, one with coconut mixed, another with some nuts put into it. Sometimes kewda essence is used to flavour petha.[2]


The Petha is said to have originated in the kitchens of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.[3]

Petha manufactured in Agra is covered by a Geographical Indication label to certify their origin.[4]

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  1. ^ T. R. Gopalakrishnan Vegetable Crops, p. 138, at Google Books
  2. ^ Ammas cooking Archived 2013-05-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Daftuar, Swati (9 June 2012). "Food Safari: in search of Agra Petha". The Hindu. Retrieved Jun 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Mishra, Ishita (31 August 2014). "Petha industry not harming Taj: Kalraj". Times of India. Agra. Retrieved Jun 29, 2015.