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Almond Khoa based burfi Mumbai India (cropped).jpg
Assortment of barfis
Alternative namesBurfi, burfee, borfee, borfi
Place of originIndian subcontinent
Region or stateIndian subcontinent, Mauritius, Fiji, southern and eastern Africa, the Caribbean, the Malay Peninsula
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsCondensed milk, sugar
VariationsKesri Pedha, Kaju Katli, Pista Barfi

Barfi, barfee, borfi or burfi[a] is a dense milk-based sweet from the Indian subcontinent. The name comes from the Hindustani (originally Persian) word barf, which means snow. Common types of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), kaju barfi (made with cashews), pista barfi (made with ground pistachios), and sing barfi (made with peanuts).[1] Milk powder and sugar are the main ingredients of barfi. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies. The mixture is then transferred to a shallow pan and cooled. Finally, it is cut into squares, diamonds, or circular shapes and served.

In addition to nuts, barfi is often flavoured with fruits such as mango or coconut and spices such as cardamom or rose water. It comes in various colours and textures. Barfi is sometimes coated with a thin layer of edible metallic leaf known as vark. It is served at both informal and formal events.


  • Kesri pedha: saffron, flattened yellow round
  • Kaju barfi or kaju katli: cashew, light tan diamond
  • Pista barfi: pistachio, forest green diamond
  • Doodh peda: kewra oil and pistachio, flattened dark tan round
  • Chocolate barfi
  • Badam pak: rose water and almond, brown diamond
  • Walnut barfi
  • Barfi fon or barfifon: fig, pink and yellow colored
  • Gajar barfi: carrot, square and orange colored
  • Coconut barfi: coconut, sugar, and milk, square and yellow colored
  • Sing barfi: peanuts, square and brown colored
  • Besan barfi: gram flour light yellow diamond
  • Dodha barfi: peanut
  • Ice cream barfi: rich vanilla-flavored, rectangular

Cardamom is the most common spice used to flavour barfi.[citation needed] Barfi is often coated with edible silver leaf (vark). To add flavour and colour, it is sometimes rolled in crushed nuts before serving.

Barfi is served year round in the Indian subcontinent. It is especially consumed during holidays such as Diwali and Eid and at weddings.[2]


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  1. ^ "Barfi Recipes: Barfi Food Recipes". Smartcooky. This dish derives it's [sic] name from the word 'barf' which means snow since they are similar in appearance. This is the reason its [sic] served cold.
  2. ^ Chu, Anita. Field Guide to Candy: How to Identify and Make Virtually Every Candy Imaginable. Philadelphia: Quirk, 2009. Print.


  1. ^ IAST: barfī [bəɾ.fiː]; Hindi: बर्फ़ी, Urdu: برفی