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BarfiBarfi: Barfi (burfi, burfee or borfee) is a sweet confectionery from the region of South Asia. Plain barfi is made with condensed milk and sugar cooked until it solidifies. The name is derived from the Persian word Barf which means “snow”, since Barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance, this is why it is served cold. Barfi is now served in many countries in South Asia year round but especially during the holiday season, wedding ceremonies and the religious festivals.

Ingredients (serves 8-10):

  • 250 gms unsweetened khoya (mawa)
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 150 gms sugar
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp almonds- blanched, peeled and halved.
  • 2 tbsp pistachios, halved.
  • Water, as required


  • Smash the khoya on a flat surface till it becomes smooth.
  • Heat the ghee (1 tablespoon) in a pan, on medium heat.
  • Add in the khoya.
  • Roast the khoya, on medium heat, till it turns light pink in colour.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Let the khoya cool down to the room temperature.
  • Mix the sugar with 50 gms water, to make the sugar syrup.
  • Cook the sugar syrup till the 2 string consistency is reached.
  • Remove the sugar syrup from heat.
  • Stir continuously, to bring down the temperature of the sugar syrup.
  • As the sugar starts to set, add in the cooked khoya to the syrup.
  • Mix well.
  • Add in the green cardamom powder.
  • Mix well.
  • Grease a tray with the remaining ghee.
  • Pour the mixture in the greased tray and spread it evenly into it.
  • Garnish the mixture with almonds and pistachios.
  • Let the barfi cool down to room temperature.
  • Once the barfi sets, cut it into the desired shape and size.
  • Barfi is ready to be served.

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