Pronunciation: [BAHR-fee; BUR-fee]
An Indian sweet made from milk, sugar and sometimes other flavoring ingredients such as nuts, fruit, seeds (cardamom, for example) and even vegetables like carrots. The milk mixture is cooked and condensed to the texture of creamy fudge. If cooked quickly the barfi will be white; cooked slowly, the sugars will caramelize, darkening the mixture to a golden brown.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.