Barfi or burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian Subcontinent. The name originates from the Persian word Barf which means snow and Barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance. Few famous varieties of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), Kaaju Barfi (made with cashews), and Pista Barfi (made with ground pistachios). Main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.
Flavor of a Barfi is often enhanced with fruits (such as mango or coconut) or nuts (such as cashew and pistachio) and spices (such as cardamom or rose water). Barfis are mostly 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 served in India, all year round, but especially consumed during the holiday seasons, wedding ceremonies and the religious festivals.