Petha is a translucent soft candy from North India and Pakistan (Punjab region and metros). 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).
With growing demand and innovation, more varieties of the original preparation are available. Varieties are:
Gulab Ladoo Petha
Kesar Angoori Petha
The Petha is said to have originated in the kitchens of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Petha manufactured in Agra is covered by a Geographical Indication label to certify their origin.