Milk Barfi

Milk Barfi

5 from 51 votes
Make your own homemade mithai with this milk powder barfi recipe. A simple and easy barfi recipe prepared with basic ingredients. You will never need to go to the Indian sweet shop again!

Milk barfi or milk powder burfi is a type of delicious, soft yet sweet Indian dessert known as mithai. This barfi recipe is prepared with a few simple ingredients and is the perfect Indian sweet for any special occasion such as Eid.

This mithai recipe is the first of many Indian sweets recipes that I have planned to share with you. I thought I would start with posting about the most classic Indian mithai there is out there. It’s simple and basic, so it’s perfect for beginners as well.

The word barfi is a word in Hindi and Urdu. ‘Barf’ means ice, and this recipe has a cool, melt-in-the-mouth texture, hence the name. Plus, it’s white!  

My recipe uses milk powder. I always use full-fat milk powder. A lot of recipes call for an ingredient called ‘khoya’. ‘Khoya’ is milk solids. However, milk powder is much easier to get a hold of in supermarkets, so I thought that it would be easier to develop a recipe using milk powder. Trust me, it tastes exactly like the Indian sweet shops. If you don’t believe me then try for yourself and see.

There are hundreds of variations when it comes to barfi. This recipe is the perfect plain barfi recipe, and you can flavour it however you want. Popular choices include rose barfi and coconut barfi. I like to add crushed almonds and pistachios.

An Indian sweet made with milk powder that will melt in your mouth. Serve as a teatime snack alongside some karak chai or as a dessert after a meal. Make your own homemade mithai with this milk powder barfi recipe.

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Milk Barfi

by Nabeela Kauser
Make your own homemade mithai with this milk powder barfi recipe. A simple and easy barfi recipe prepared with basic ingredients. You will never need to go to the Indian sweet shop again!
5 from 51 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Setting Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16 pieces
Calories 147 kcal



  • In a greased baking tin add the crushed almonds and pistachios – leave some crushed nuts for the top as well
  • On low heat add the butter and allow to melt completely
  • Add the milk and gradually allow it to heat until warm
  • Once heated add the milk powder in small increments stirring continuously to break the lumps and keep mixing until everything is incorporated
  • Add the sugar and cardamom powder then fold the mixture continuously on low heat for 10 minutes
  • Add mixture into the baking tin then top with the remaining almonds and pistachios then leave to set for 1 hour
  • Serve alongside some freshly brewed tea and enjoy!



Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 95mgPotassium: 270mgFiber: 0.02gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 274IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 2µgCalcium: 188mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Indian, Indian Desserts, Indian Sweets, Milk Desserts
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1 year ago

Can a sugar substitute be used? As in another sweetner?

1 year ago

What size pan is needed in inches please?

1 year ago

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When it says leave aside for 1 hour do we keep it in fridge uncovered or just kept out in kitchen on counter tops uncovered at room temperature?

7 months ago

5 stars
this site is wonderful, I really appreciate your efforts for writing posts on barfi.

6 months ago

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This recipe is amazing, thank you. Should I store in fridge?

5 months ago

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Hi, this is currently setting in the fridge but it is not yet solid. Where did I go wrong? ? It is very soft!

4 months ago

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Hey Nabeela,

How where do I store the barfi and how long does it keep for?
Thanks a lot for this helpful recipe!

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