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:

Chocolate Petha
Coconut Petha
Doda Petha
Gulab Ladoo Petha
Kancha Petha
Angoori Petha
Kesar Angoori Petha
Paan Petha
Dry Petha
Rasbari Petha
Sandwich Petha
Orange 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.