Petha is a translucent soft candy usually rectangular or cylindrical; it is made from the ash gourd vegetable (also known as Winter melon or white pumkin, or simply petha in Hindi and Urdu).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.