The name is derived from the Persian word barf which means “snow”, since burfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance, this is why it is served cold.
Burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent. Burfi is made from milk cooked with sugar until it solidifies. Burfi is often flavoured with fruit(such as mango or coconut) or nuts(such as cashew, almonds, pistachio) and spices such ass cardamom, nutmeg and saffron. Burfi is sometimes coated with a thin layer of edible metallic leaf known as Vark. They are typically cut into squares, diamonds or round shapes. Different types of Burfi vary in their colour and texture.
Burfi is one of the most popular sweet enjoyed at any Indian festival.
- 1 can 12oz evaporated milk
- 1 lb ground cashews
- 1 lb sugar
- 1/2 lb unsalted butter
- 6 cups powdered milk
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- Few strands saffron
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter, add milk and sugar.
- Add cashews, cardamom and saffron. Cook for about 5 min stirring constantly. Add powdered milk and mix well until it becomes a thick paste.
- Pour mixture in a greased 10” x 12” pan and spread evenly. When completely cool, cut into squares using a sharp knife.