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Barfi coated in varak

Barfi or burfi is an Indian sweet. Plain barfi is made from condensed milk, cooked with sugar until it solidifies. Other varieties include besan barfi, made with besan (gram flour), and pista barfi, which is a milk barfi containing ground pistachio nuts. The name is derived from Persian barf which means ice since burfi is similar to ice in appearance.

Barfi is often flavoured with cashew, mango, pistachio and spices, and is sometimes served coated with a thin layer of edible silver leaf (varak). Visually, barfi sometimes resembles cheese, and may have a hint of cheese scent to it. For this reason, barfi is sometimes called "Indian cheese cake".

Barfi is popular throughout India and is often a part of Indian festivals, especially Holi.


Fig barfi
  • Kesri Pedha: Saffron, flattened yellow round
  • Kaju Katli/Katri: Cashew, light tan diamond
  • Pista Barfi: Pistachio, forest green diamond
  • Chum Chum: 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

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