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Plain Barfi
Alternative names Burfi, burfee, borfee
Course Dessert
Region or state Indian Subcontinent
Serving temperature Cold
Main ingredients Condensed milk, Sugar
Variations Kesri Pedha, Kaju Katli, Pista Barfi
Cookbook: Barfi  Media: Barfi

Barfi or burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent. The name originates from the Persian word Barf, which means snow. A few of the famous varieties of barfi include Besan Barfi (made with gram flour), Kaaju Barfi (made with cashews), Pista Barfi (made with ground pistachios), and Sing Barfi (made with peanuts).[1] The main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

The flavor of a Barfi is often enhanced with fruits (such as mango or coconut) or nuts (such as cashew, pistachio, or peanut) and spices (such as cardamom or rose water). Barfis are usually 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.[2]


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