Originally from the northern part of India, barfi is a sweet made with sugar in sweetened condensed milk and then condensed in a solid shape. Made without color or flavor, this sweet becomes solid like ice. The name is a derivative of the Hindi word for snow. It is often compared to Fudge, given its extreme sweetness and consistency.
Often referred to as the Indian cheesecake, this favorite has a vague smell of cheese. It also resembles some types of cheese. However, although it may look like cheese or have a vague smell similar to it, it does not taste like cheese. Another popular type of this dessert is Besan Barfi. Besan barfi includes the condition of the flour kissed in the recipe. Pista Barfi has pistachio added to it. Often, the edges are wound on the ground nuts and whole pieces of nut can also be. Similarly, Kaju barfi has cashews included within the recipe.
The most popular spice used to flavor this cake is cardamom. However, depending on where it is prepared, many different aromas are dedicated in this simple but very popular dessert. Silver leaf on the edges of barfi is popular when the confection should be served in an important event such as a wedding or other similar occasion. Filled with flavor that provide a contrast of colors, it is often rolled in crushed nuts before serving. Fresh fruit is often served along the side of the package.
When it is served, barfi is cut into different shapes. The most common of which are squares, diamonds, or circles. These shaped pieces are arranged in patterns along with fresh fruit, nuts, and even flowers coated with sugar on plates. The dessert is easily adapted for casual occasions or for the most formal event, which explains its great popularity and lasting.
There are many different varieties from all regions of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The reason for this is that a basic recipe is extremely affordable. From region to region, the appearance of the same can vary considerably due to what is dedicated to it. Barfi is often served on Diwali. This is the festival is the Hindu festival of lights. This nutritious sweet is an important part of these annual celebrations, with fireworks and specially designed decorative lamps.