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Strawberry Burfi | Strawberry Milk Fudge

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This is a classic barfi infused with the freshness of strawberries. This recipe uses both fresh strawberry puree and freeze-dried strawberries to intensify the strawberry flavors. It is perfect for your next celebration or Diwali festivity.

Strawberry barfi

About this Recipe

Barfi (or “burfi”) is a popular milk-based sweet in India. It is formed by making a fudgy treat out of mawa (milk reduced to a solid) that is mixed with other flavors. This recipe is flavored with strawberry puree and freeze-dried strawberries.

Inspired by the vibrant celebrations of Diwali, I wanted to create a sweet treat that captures the essence of the festival. Strawberries, although not a traditional Indian fruit, bring a refreshing twist to the classic barfi, making it a perfect addition to festive gatherings and joyous occasions. I love the way the bright red strawberries add a pop of color to the sweets spread for a festive look.

During the testing process, I found that using a non-stick pan is essential for perfecting the barfi’s texture. Cooking the mixture until it holds its shape ensures a firm yet melt-in-your-mouth consistency. This technique guarantees a foolproof result, making the recipe accessible to both novice and experienced cooks.

Strawberry barfi


Ingredients for strawbery barfi

Milk powder – helps create instant mawa or khoya for a no-fuss burfi base

Strawberry puree – simply made from fresh or frozen strawberries

Freeze-dried strawberries – crushed into a powder for an intense strawberry flavor

Ghee – ghee is the traditional fat used for Indian sweets but can be swapped for coconut oil in a pinch. Note that the coconut oil will change the flavor.

Black pepper: Adding a pinch of black pepper enhances the natural sweetness of strawberries, creating a harmonious balance of flavors. This twist elevates the dish and adds a subtle, spicy undertone to the sweetness.


Blender – to make the strawberry puree

7” cheesecake tin – optionally, you can use any kind of square pan, but a cheesecake tin with a removable bottom is convenient.

Parchment paper – so the barfi does not stick to the pan


  • Take care to avoid undercooking the mixture, resulting in a runny burfi. To avoid this, cook the mixture until it holds its shape when pressed gently.
  • Overcooking the mixture can be a problem as well, as it would lead to a dry texture, so keep a close eye on the consistency while cooking. If it starts to overcook, you can add a splash of milk.


  • Add 1/8 tsp cardamom powder to give it that extra Indian flavor
  • Garnish with chopped pistachios for extra flavor and texture
  • Adjust the sweetness to your preference. Add 1/4 cup more sugar for a sweeter version

The key to a perfect Strawberry Barfi lies in the balance of flavors. The sweetness of the milk powder, the freshness of the strawberries, and the warmth of the black pepper create a symphony of flavor. Feel free to get creative and make this recipe your own, infusing it with your favorite flavors and personal flair.


Strawberry barfi

Strawberry Burfi | Strawberry Milk Fudge

Strawberry burfi is a sweet Indian delicacy that blends fresh strawberry puree with mawa (reduced milk solids) and sugar. The mixture is cooked to a fudge-like consistency, set in a tray, and garnished with freeze-dried strawberries. It's a unique twist on traditional burfi, highlighting the natural sweetness and vibrant color of strawberries.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16 squares
Calories 221 kcal


  • 7" cheesecake pan


  • 3 cups whole milk powder
  • 1 ⅛ cup strawberry puree
  • ¼ tsp black pepper ground
  • 6 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 ⅛ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries


  • Crush the freeze dried strawberries into a powder by either transferring the strawberries to a plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin or using a small spice grinder. Measure out ¼ cup and set aside.
  • Puree the strawberries in a blender until smooth. If using frozen strawberries, thaw in a microwave before blending.
  • In a medium bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the strawberry puree and the powdered sugar until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the milk powder and remaining 1 cup of strawberry puree. Mix until there are no lumps.
    Combine milk powder and strawberry puree
  • In a large non-stick pan, heat ghee over medium heat. When the ghee is hot, add the milk powder mixture. Cook until the mixture and ghee are well incorporated and the mixture is no longer sticking to the pan, about 3 minutes.
    Heat ghee and add milk powder mixture
  • Add the sugar paste. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes, until the dough pulls away from the pan and is able to hold its shape.
    Add the sugar paste
  • Transfer to a 7” square pan. Spread evenly, top with freeze-dried strawberries or garnish of choice, and allow to cool before cutting into squares.
    Transfer to a square cheesecake pan


1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
This recipe works best on a non-stick pan but I have tested it on ceramic and stainless steel pans as well. It will work on the other surfaces but you may experience some sticking and some sections may brown a bit more than desired.
Store in the refrigerator.


Calories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 6gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 89mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 226IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 1mg
Keyword barfi, burfi, strawberry, strawberry burfi
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Categorized as Sweets


  1. 5 stars
    I am new to Barfi, but my daughter has been studying Hinduism at school, for her final project she wants to make something the class could eat.
    She found your recipe on pinterest yesterday and made it today as a test run. It was delicious and her brothers were all very impressed.
    She is going to make it again over the weekend to take into class on Monday.
    We found the recipe really easy to follow and it was delicious. So nice to learn about a totally new food 😀

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