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Barfi – The Great Indian Sweet That Everybody Loves
Last Updated : Feb 02,2017
The moment somebody mentions the word mithai, Barfi is the first choice that comes to our mind. Barfi is a traditional Indian sweet that is popular all over India, right from South to North. Normally made of milk solids and sugar, laced with spices like cardamom, a barfi might also be made with nuts and other ingredients like coconut. Some barfis are simple, while others are quite elaborate. You can take your pick depending on the occasion. Barfis can be made as prasad for pujas, for entertaining guests, serving at a party, or simply to pamper yourself or your family on a special day!
While some traditional barfis take a long time to prepare, quick-fixes are there to make most of them within minutes. The microwave oven is also very handy when it comes to making barfis. You can make delightful treats within minutes. One thing about making barfis is that many of them require a setting time, to become solid. So, when you go through a recipe, do not just look at the preparation time, give it a glance to see the setting time too. Also remember that when making any Indian sweet, practice makes you perfect. So, do not fret if you do not get it right the first time – although you are most likely to get a perfect barfi if you follow these recipes. Because they contain milk, most barfis have to be consumed within a day or two after preparation, and have to be stored in the fridge too. So, decide on a batch size according to your requirement, and don’t make too much in excess.
Here is a selection of our favourite barfis, ranging from quick and easy ones like Microwave Coconut Barfi to rich ones like the
Malai Barfi and seasonal ones like the Mango Barfi. Nuts and dry fruits always make the barfi very luxuriant, as in recipes like Dry Fruit Barfi,
Anjeer Barfi, and so on. Take your pick from these, or head to our website for more options.
Popular Indian Sweets Barfi Recipes
The Anjeer Barfi has everything that a mithai ideally should have – rich mouth-feel, lingering flavour and enticing aroma! The best part, however, is that, it is very easy to make.
Provided you have a few hours on hand to let the mithai set, this one is a no-brainer. Proper proportions of anjeer, mava, nuts and other ingredients ensure that this sweet takes less than 10 minutes to cook!
Yet, it is so exotic that it is one of the first sweets you should consider preparing for a grand festive Occasion
A little smartness is all it takes to make traditional favourites easily at home. Malai Barfi, for instance, can be made quite speedily and easily at home by using readymade mava. While the mithai does require a day to cool, you can eliminate the many back breaking hours of work in the kitchen by using this foolproof recipe. So go ahead and prepare homemade Malai Barfi and serve them to your family and friends with a real, relaxed smile on your face.
Rose, whether as a fragrance or a flavour, emanates a sense of coolness! Naturally, this mouth-melting Rose Barfi is also a chilled dessert, which needs to be refrigerated before serving. This mithai has the power to melt the hardest heart, because it combines the creaminess of paneer and mava with the sweet essence of rose. It requires practically no preparation if you have the ingredients on hand. You need to plan in advance just to provide for an hour’s refrigeration.
A richly-textured mixture of moong dal paste and crumbled mava is cooked in sugar syrup, and flavoured aesthetically with desi spices to make a delicious Moong Dal Barfi that looks appetising and tastes fabulous. The best part about this irresistible Moong Dal Barfi is that it stays well at room temperature for more than two weeks, which makes it a nice treat to stock in your kitchen shelf! While preparing it, make sure you let the sugar syrup cool for a minute before proceeding; else the barfi will turn hard.
A sugar-free dry fruit barfi without any cooking made in a jiffy. Just ensure you finely chop the dry fruits and dates for best result.
A no-sweat, no-fuss recipe to prepare the all-time favourite Kaju Barfi within minutes! The barfi
involves a very simple procedure and takes very little time to prepare.
It does not even require ghee, except for greasing the tray, because the oil contained in the cashews is enough to cook this tasty mithai without sticking to the kadhai. With this easy recipe, you can get the satisfaction of preparing pure and tasty Kaju Barfi for your family, right in your own kitchen.
Whether it is Diwali
, Raksha - Bandhan
or a dessert
party, the mithai platter would be incomplete without these delicious Kaju-Barfi.
are a delight to savour, because they have a rich milky flavour and amazing melt-in-the-mouth texture.
This particular recipe is all the more special, because it also includes loads of dry fruits and nuts along with delicate spices too!
You will relish the traditional flavour and luxuriant mouth-feel of this special Dry Fruit Barfi, and also enjoy the fact that it is quite easy to make.
A mithai that is famous and well-loved all over India, the Coconut Barfi can now be prepared easily in the microwave oven.
No need to sweat over the consistency of the sugar syrup or any such complications. Just follow the simple instructions, and very soon you will have a mouth-watering sweet, with the rich texture and flavour of coconut and khoya tinged with the intense aroma of saffron.
In order to get the perfect colour and texture, make sure you scrape the coconut very finely, working on only the white portions and stopping as soon as you reach the brown crust, so you get pure white scrapings.
Quickly whip up a sweet dish in the microwave oven during festivals like Diwali
, Raksha Bandhan
A barfi in one minute, and that too a super-healthy one? Here you go! The Anjeer and Mix Nut Barfi, as the name suggests combines iron-rich and flavourful ingredients like figs, nuts and sesame seeds. A teaspoon of ghee together with saffron and cardamom imparts a rich and magical aroma to this quick barfi, while the sesame seeds imparts a deep flavour to it. The sweetness of figs is balanced well by the husky flavour of the nuts. In all, a super quick and easy treat for your sweet tooth.
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