The Tale of Barfi
Barfi, Borfi, Barfee or Burfi is a dense milk-based sweet from India, a type of mithai. Barfi being the most famous form of sweet in India, the name is actually derived from a Persian word ‘barf’ which means snow. Few of the famous types of barfi include Besan Barfi (made with gram), Almond or Badam Barfi, Cashew or Kaju Barfi also known as Kaju ki Katli, Pista Barfi (Made with pistachios), Chocolate Barfi, Coconut or Nariyal ki Barfi, walnut barfi, and Falli or sing barfi (Made with peanuts). The base ingredient of any barfi includes powdered milk or khoa and sugar. The base ingredients are cooked with powdered roasted nuts or fruits like coconut or mango to enhance the flavour, in a vessel until the mixture is solid enough to set in the stencil.
Powdered cardamom or rose water or rose petal is used for the additional flavour. Barfis are usually covered with thin layer of silver leaf also called vark or varakh. Cut in diamond (Rhombus) or squares, barfis are identified by these shapes all across the world. Served in holiday seasons or festivals or wedding ceremonies, barfi is common form of Mithai in the world by the amount of its consumption. No important Indian occasion is complete without the presence of barfi.