Chocolate Barfi

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.

Chocolate burfi


  • 2/3 cups Butter
  • 1 can Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Roasted almonds (chopped)


1. Melt butter in a pan.
2. Add condensed milk and cocoa powder.
3. Cook on low to medium with constant stirring, until the mixture stops sticking to the pan.
4. Add chopped almonds.
5. Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased pan.
6. Sprinkle chopped almond on the top.
7. Cut in to square pieces while it is warm.
8. Allow it to cool and serve.


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8 Responses to Chocolate Barfi

  1. shweta jani says:

    Beautiful photographs! And a delectable recipe : ) I will have to try out soon. Btw, which camera do you use ?

  2. Anit says:

    Just found your blog and its awesome. I would love to try this barfi but is it possible to make it without nuts?

  3. This looks delicious! And so easy, definitely trying it soon!

    • charul says:

      Thanks Rachel.
      Feel free to modify according to your taste….you can add white chocolate chip or top them with m&m to make it more colourful. But remember that temperature is the very critical. Overheating will make it brittle and no cooking it enough will make it harder to shape the burfi. Weather it sticks to the pan or not is a really good indicator.
      Let me know how it goes?

  4. Priyanka says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe…it was nice reading ur blog…

    I would for sure try making this at home….let me know…the butter that u have mentioned is the unsalted one…or the normal amul butter that we have at home can be used

    • charul says:

      Hi Priyanka,
      I am glad you enjoyed reading the blog. I have used the salted butter from another brand, but Amul butter works just fine. I prefer using salted butter for most dessert recipes, specially the one containing chocolate. Little bit of salt can enhance the sweetness of a dessert.