Barfi

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Barfi
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Plain Barfi
Place of origin Indian subcontinent
Serving temperature Cold
Main ingredient(s) Condensed Milk, Sugar
Variations Kesri Pedha, Kaju Katli, Pista Barfi

Barfi (burfi, burfee or borfee) (Urdu: برفی‎) is a sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent. Plain barfi is made with condensed milk and sugar cooked until it solidifies. The many varieties of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), Kaaju Barfi (made with cashews), and Pista Barfi (made with ground pistachios). The name is derived from the Persian word Barf which means "snow", since Barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance, this is why it is served cold.

Barfi is often flavored with fruit (such as mango or coconut) or nuts (such as cashew and pistachio) and spices such as cardamom or rose water. They are sometimes coated with a thin layer of edible metallic leaf known as vark. They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.

The confection is now served in South Asia at festivals such as Diwali, Eid, and Holi.[1]

Types[edit]

  • Kesri Pedha: saffron, flattened yellow round
  • Kaju Barfi/Kaju Katli: cashew, light tan diamond
  • Pista Barfi: pistachio, forest green diamond
  • Cham Cham: pink and white, shaped like sushi rice balls
  • Doodh Peda: kewra oil and pistachio, flattened dark tan round
  • Chocolate Barfi
  • Badam Pak: rose water and almonds, brown diamond
  • Walnut Barfi
  • Barfi Fon/Barfifon: pink and yellow colored fig
  • Gajar Barfi: carrot, square and orange colored
  • Coconut Barfi: coconut, sugar, milk, square and yellow colored

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chu, Anita. Field Guide to Candy: How to Identify and Make Virtually Every Candy Imaginable. Philadelphia: Quirk, 2009. Print.