Milk Powder Barfi also known as milk barfi, milk borfi or milk burfi, is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent, a type of mithai. The name barfi is a derivative of the Persian word barf, which means snow.
Milk powder barfi is delicious mithai (sweet), very easy to make and also required very few ingredients. It's one of the easiest sweets to prepare at home. And this is one of our favourite Indian mithai.
You can use either condensed milk or sugar and milk to make this yummy barfi. If you have the edible silver leaf (vark) you can use it, but it's optional. You may garnish it with your favourite dry fruits like almonds, pistachios etc.
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).
The main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.
The flavour 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. The sweet is easily adapted for casual occasions to the most formal event. Different types of Barfi vary in their colour and texture.
The most popular spice used to flavour this dessert is cardamom. However, dependent on where it is prepared, many different flavourings are added to this simple but popular dessert. Adding edible silver leaf (vark) to the edges of barfi is popular when the sweet confection is to be served at an important event such as a wedding or other such occasion. For added flavour and to provide a colourful contrast, often it is rolled in crushed nuts before it is served.
The confection is served in India, all year round, but especially consumed during the holiday seasons, wedding ceremonies, and the religious festivals. Barfi is often served at Diwali, the celebration of the festival of lights.
Here I am sharing the recipe using milk and sugar.