I still remember the day I cooked this recipe for the first time…a day before my 8th birthday. Sitting on top of the kitchen counter next to the stove I was the helper chef as usual. My job was to pour in ingredients and help clean the bowls by licking the leftover, as my mother was arduously stirring the barfi to prevent it from sticking to the pan and trying to maintain the right temperature at the same time. Yummm…..the recipe brings the sweet memories of my childhood.
So what exactly is a barfi ??
The term ‘ barfi’ originates from Persian word ‘barf’ meaning snow. The traditional form of barfi appears white as it is prepared from milk and sugar and is served cold, hence it gets the name.
The main ingredients of barfi are milk solids (also known as Khoya in South Asia) and sugar. Other flavorings such as saffron, cardamom and nuts are also added. Various versions of barfi have became popular in different regions of India, which includes coconut barfi, gram flour (besan) barfi, almond barfi, cashew barfi, pistachio barfi, peanut barfi and of course today’s recipe at ‘As per taste’ – chocolate barfi.
And aha…while we are talking about barfi, the latest Bollywood flick “Barfi” deserves a mention here. Barfi is a cute little love story of a deaf and mute boy as sweet as barfi…No wonder it is India’s official entry for Oscar this year….a must watch.
Let me know how you liked cooking, eating and watching Barfi…If you enjoy the chocolate barfi…stay tuned for other varieties of barfi.