Definition of burfi in English:


(also barfi)


mass noun
  • An Indian sweet made from milk solids and sugar and typically flavoured with cardamom or nuts.

    ‘cashew burfi’
    • ‘Finally, ‘sweetmeats’ like halva and burfi can often round off a festive meal.’
    • ‘Be it Kaju barfi, badam or pista barfi, combination like Kaju Kajjur dollar, Kaju pista rolls, dry fruit barfi, Anjeer rolls etc.’
    • ‘Last Divali, a friend told me about a large stapler pin found in a badam burfi bought from a well-known sweetmeat seller.’
    • ‘Taking 15 minutes to prepare, so claims the instruction on the package, one can enjoy homemade burfi.’
    • ‘‘Come to think of it, it was barfi,’ the young man replied.’
    • ‘Maybe Sudarshanji would send him some orange barfi and Togadiaji would present him a gilded trishul.’
    • ‘And remember the lovely silver leaves used to decorate sweetmeats, burfi, and pan, you may be surprised what it is.’
    • ‘This time, we are going to introduce ‘non-vegetarian sweets’ such as chicken burfi, vanilla fried fish, honey-glazed chicken and fish sweet jelly.’
    • ‘Sometimes they give him rupees and barfi, guilty that they have homes of their own and so many dollars.’
    • ‘There are jars of the salted lime pickles that aunt makes so well, the fried snacks and the pista barfi that are grandmother's specialty.’
    • ‘The Sunday sweets were dry, the kind that are cut into squares - Mysore pak and barfi and such.’
    • ‘The results run from simple brittle and toffee type sweets through halva, barfi, and sandesh, to the family of confections based on rasgullas.’
    • ‘For those who preferred sweets typical of the four States, there was mango halwa, thengai burfi, vathalappam, pal pista roll, boondi ladoo and ada payasam.’


Hindi, from Persian barfī, literally, ‘icy, snowy’, also denoting a kind of sweet decorated with silver leaf.