Milk Powder Barfi

Milk Powder Barfi

Milk Powder Barfi also known as milk barfi, milk borfi or milk burfi, is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from the Indian subcontinent, a type of mithai. The name barfi is a derivative of the Persian word barf, which means snow.

Milk powder barfi is delicious mithai (sweet), very easy to make and also required very few ingredients. It's one of the easiest sweets to prepare at home. And this is one of our favourite Indian mithai.

You can use either condensed milk or sugar and milk to make this yummy barfi. If you have the edible silver leaf (vark) you can use it, but it's optional. You may garnish it with your favourite dry fruits like almonds, pistachios etc.

A few of the famous varieties of barfi include besan barfi (made with gram flour), kaaju barfi (made with cashews), pista barfi (made with ground pistachios), and sing barfi (made with peanuts).

The main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

The flavour of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits (such as mango or coconut) or nuts (such as cashew, pistachio, or peanut) and spices (such as cardamom or rose water). Barfis are usually coated with a thin layer of edible metallic leaf known as vark.

They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. The sweet is easily adapted for casual occasions to the most formal event. Different types of Barfi vary in their colour and texture.

The most popular spice used to flavour this dessert is cardamom. However, dependent on where it is prepared, many different flavourings are added to this simple but popular dessert. Adding edible silver leaf (vark) to the edges of barfi is popular when the sweet confection is to be served at an important event such as a wedding or other such occasion. For added flavour and to provide a colourful contrast, often it is rolled in crushed nuts before it is served.

The confection is served in India, all year round, but especially consumed during the holiday seasons, wedding ceremonies, and the religious festivals. Barfi is often served at Diwali, the celebration of the festival of lights.

Here I am sharing the recipe using milk and sugar.

  Recipe Servings: 8
  Cooking time: 20 Minutes


  • Milk Powder - 2.5 cups
  • Milk - 3/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Green Cardamom Powder (Hari Elachi Powder) - 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter) - 1/4 cup

For Garnishing

  • Almonds (chopped) - 2 tbsp
  • Pistachios (chopped) - 2 tbsp
  • Edible Silver Vark - as required (optional)


  • Take a large non-stick kadai or a non-stick pan. Add ghee and milk into it.

  • Keep the flame on low and then add milk powder into it.

  • Now add sugar. You may adjust the sugar as per the sweetness you want to have in barfi.

  • Mix everything well. Make sure that all the ingredients gets mixed properly.

  • Keep on stirring continuously, keep the flame on low so that it won't burn at the bottom and make sure no lumps are formed.

  • Stir it till the sugar gets dissolved completely.

  • Keep on stirring the mixture till milk thickens.

  • After stirring for about 10 minutes, the milk forms dough.

  • Then the dough starts to separate from the pan.

  • Keep in mind not to over cook as the barfi will turn chewy if you over cook it.

  • Now add green cardamom powder and mix it well.

  • Line a tray or a plate with butter paper and grease it with little ghee all around. Then transfer the mixture to the tray and level it with a greased ladle or greased spoon.

  • Set it well by forming a block.

  • Top it with some chopped almonds and pistachios and press them slightly. Garnish it with edible silver vark. It's optional to use the silver vark.

  • Now keep this tray or plate in a cool place or in refrigerator for few hours. Allow it to set for approximately 2 hours, or till it sets completely.

  • Now unmould it and cut it into pieces, into the shapes like diamond, square etc whichever you like to have.

  • Milk powder barfi is ready to serve. You may also store it in an airtight container for later consumption.

  • Enjoy with your loved ones.