Milk Barfi

milk barfi

Plain milk powder barfi is one of the most popular Indian mithais that melts in your mouth! It's perfect for celebrating special occasions, like Rakshabandhan and Diwali!

Barfi, or burfi, is one of the most popular mithais (sweets) in India. Barf literally translates to ice in Hindi, so it's named barfi for its white appearance and cooling properties from the milk base.

milk barfi

Barfi has a base of milk powder or khoya (milk solids), milk, ghee, and sugar. It's then flavored with other mix-ins like cardamom, pistachio, gulkand, etc, and then cooked down into a fudgey consistency.

cook Time: 10min


– 70 grams ghee – 250 grams whole milk – 200 grams sugar – 310 grams whole milk powder – 1 teaspoon cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon lemon juice – pinch of salt – pinch of saffron – 7 pistachios, chopped – edible silver foil


In a nonstick pan on medium heat, pour in the milk and then add the ghee. Let the ghee melt and stir with a rubber spatula until the ghee is mostly combined with the milk. Pour the sugar into the pan and stir until it's fully melted.


Turn the heat to low and add in the milk powder. Stir until the milk rehydrates the milk powder. Continue to stir with no breaks on low heat for the next 4-5 minutes, being sure to scrape the bottom and sides to prevent burning.


At this point, the mixture should have reduced by about half and is thickening up. Add the cardamom powder, lemon juice, and salt. Crush the saffron in a back and forth motion between your hands over the pan. Stir the mix-ins well.


Continue to mix the barfi batter for another 4-5 minutes until it starts to pull away from the sides.


Remove the pan from heat, and use the silicone spatula to scoop the batter into the square pan. Spread the batter across the pan, getting it as level as possible. Spread and press the chopped pistachio evenly across the top. Chill in the fridge until set.


Once the barfi has set, use the parchment paper to lift it out of the square pan. Apply the silver foil sporadically on the barfi.

Cut the barfi into 16 even squares and you're ready to celebrate.