Top Barfi Recipes
When we think of Indian sweets or mithai the first thing that comes to our minds is barfi. Barfi is very popular all over India, and is made for varied occasions like pujas, festivals, parties, to celebrate an achievement, or simply because it is so tasty! Being so popular, barfis are readily available in most Indian sweet shops; however homemade barfis taste better and are also more economical. Plus, the fact that you have taken the effort to make it at home delights your loved ones and they will relish it even more!
There are innumerable varieties of barfis – made with dairy products, nuts and even fruit pulp! So, there is no dearth of choice, and you can make a different one each time. It takes a little practice to get the barfi perfectly right, so start by following our sure-shot recipes to the T, and once you get the hang of it, you can innovate with your own additional ingredients, slightly modified proportions etc.
Remember that all barfis take some time to set into solid form, so schedule it accordingly. You can make them a day in advance and store them in the fridge. As they use dairy products and sometimes fresh ingredients too, most barfis do not have a long shelf-life, so keep them in the fridge and consume within a day or two.
Quick Barfi Recipes
Everybody loves homemade sweets but we often do not have enough time to make them at home. These quick and easy recipes will help you make tasty barfis even when you are in a real rush!
Besan Barfi has very few ingredients and takes very little time to cook, yet it has a rich taste and awesome aroma of cooked besan. Quick Cashew Barfi features cashews through and through with a few supporting ingredients. It has the creamy mouth-feel and nutty flavour that everyone loves! Nariyal Vadi is made often in coastal regions like Maharashtra where coconut is available in abundance and used extensively. Everybody loves the flavour and texture of coconut in this easy-peasy recipe!
Microwave Barfi Recipes
The microwave is a handy kitchen helper that can be seen in most kitchens these days. Yet, many people use it only for re-heating food and boiling veggies without understanding its true potential. Just try making barfis in the microwave oven and you will be amazed by how easy and quick it it!
Walnut Barfi, a sweet treat made with walnuts can be made easily in the microwave oven.
Kalakand, a North Indan milk-based delicacy that usually seems to take a long time to prepare can be prepared within minutes using this microwave recipe.
All-time favourite Coconut Barfi can also be made faster in the microwave oven as compared to cooking it on the gas stove.
Lots of people prefer to base their barfis on mava as it gives a royal mouth-feel and rich milky taste! It also thickens the sweet quickly, making your job easier.
Rose Barfi uses a good amount of paneer along with mava, touched by a rosy magic! It has a very cooling mouth-feel and pleasant flavor that goes well with kids and adults. The ever-popular Malai Barfi steals everyone’s hearts with its creaminess and rich taste.
Trust us, sweets can be healthy too, and some of our favourite barfis prove this fact. The Almond Barfi made with loads of almonds is super healthy, and gives you a good shot of protein! We have reduced the sugar content of this barfi to keep it within a healthy range.
Another example is the Chana Dal Barfi, a healthy treat for the sweet tooth. It is made of chana dal, which is loaded with folic acid and good protein for vegetarians. An optimum amount of ghee gives you the healthy fat you need.
Nuts feature commonly in Indian sweets. They usually give the mithai a nice and satiating mouth-feel, as well as a pleasant nutty flavour. Several barfis can be made with nuts as the main ingredient, along with a little sugar and if required a little ghee. Usually, since nuts like almond and cashew have some amount of oil content, these barfis will not require much ghee. And when ingredients like anjeer or dates are coupled with the nuts, the requirement of sugar also goes down.
The Pista Barfi is a rich and delightful barfi with an attractive green colour, while the Anjeer and Mixed Nuts Barfi has a nice crunch that surprises you! When you cannot decide which nut to prefer, go for the Dry Fruit Barfi, which brings them all together to make a splendorous treat!
Whichever festival it is, be it Diwali, Raksha Bandhan or Navratri, be it a loved one’s birthday or a party, the spread would be incomplete without delicious barfis. With a bit of practice, you know which ingredients combine well together, how long to cook the barfi, and so on. So, start with the easy ones and surge ahead to become an expert in making this all-time favourite treat. Keep making various barfis in small quantities, not just on special occasions but even during weekends or to celebrate a small achievement in a tasty way. That’s the best way to gain expertise in the art of mithai making.
You, along with your friends and family will enjoy every bite!
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