Coconut Barfi Recipe

Coconut Barfi Recipe

30 min
2-3 People
15 min



Hey there, foodie friends! Let me take you on a delightful journey through the aromatic lanes of homemade Coconut Barfi. Picture this: it's a lazy afternoon, and the kitchen is filled with the sweet aroma of coconut and mawa simmering in milk. This isn't just any dessert; it's a nostalgic trip down memory lane, reminiscent of childhood days spent eagerly waiting for a bite of homemade goodness.


Coconut Barfi isn't just a dessert; it's a tradition, a celebration of flavors that have stood the test of time. As I reminisce about the first time I encountered this delectable treat, I'm transported back to a cozy kitchen where my grandmother would expertly craft each barfi with love and care. The sight of her hands deftly mixing ingredients and the anticipation of that first bite still linger vividly in my mind.




Coconut Barfi Recipe by Chef Ajay Chopra




  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1 cup khoya
  • 3-4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 silver vark (optional)





  1. Prepare the Milk Mixture:

    • In a pan, bring the full cream milk to a boil and reduce it until it reaches about 50% of its original volume.
  2. Add Khoya:

    • Once the milk has reduced, add the khoya to the pan.
    • Cook the mixture for some more time until the khoya is completely melted and well combined with the milk.
  3. Sweeten the Mixture:

    • Add sugar to the mixture and continue stirring.
    • Cook until the mixture thickens and reaches a desired consistency.
  4. Divide the Mixture:

    • Once the mixture is thickened, remove it from the heat and divide it into two equal batches.
  5. Prepare Coconut Layer:

    • To one batch of the mixture, add desiccated coconut and mix well to combine.
  6. Prepare Pink Layer (Optional):

    • In the other batch of the mixture, add a few drops of pink color (optional) along with desiccated coconut and mix well.
  7. Layering:

    • Take a flat dish or tray and spread one layer of the coconut mixture evenly.
    • Then, carefully place another layer of the pink coconut mixture on top of the first layer. Press gently to even it out.
  8. Setting:

    • Allow the layered mixture to set for some time until it firms up. You can refrigerate it to speed up the setting process.
  9. Cutting and Serving:

    • Once the mixture has set, cut it into pieces or squares using a knife.
    • Optionally, decorate each piece with a silver vark (edible silver foil) for a festive touch.
    • Serve the delicious Coconut Barfi and enjoy the festive sweetness with your loved ones!


Note: This Coconut Barfi recipe is simple and requires only a few ingredients, yet it yields a delightful sweet treat perfect for any festive occasion. Enjoy the creamy texture and rich flavor of this homemade dessert!




About the Recipe:


Indulge in the rich, creamy goodness of homemade Coconut Barfi. This classic Indian dessert combines the nutty flavor of coconut with the richness of mawa, simmered in milk until it reaches the perfect consistency. The result? A melt-in-your-mouth treat that's perfect for any occasion.



Cooking Tips:


  • Use freshly grated coconut for the best flavor and texture.
  • Be patient while simmering the milk; this step is crucial for achieving the right consistency.
  • Add cardamom powder for a fragrant twist to the traditional recipe.
  • Allow the barfi to cool completely before cutting into squares for neat, uniform pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.



Pairing Guide:


Pair your Coconut Barfi with a steaming cup of masala chai for the ultimate indulgence. Alternatively, serve alongside other traditional Indian sweets like Gulab Jamun or Rasgulla for a delightful dessert spread.




Frequently Asked Questions about Coconut Barfi:


  1. How long does Coconut Barfi last?
    • When stored in an airtight container, Coconut Barfi can last up to 2 weeks at room temperature.
  2. Can I freeze Coconut Barfi?
    • Yes, you can freeze Coconut Barfi for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.
  3. Can I use desiccated coconut instead of fresh coconut?
    • While fresh coconut is preferred for its texture and flavor, desiccated coconut can be used as a substitute.
  4. Can I omit the mawa in the recipe?
    • Mawa adds richness and creaminess to the barfi, but you can omit it if desired. Adjust the sweetness accordingly.
  5. How do I know when the milk has simmered enough?
    • The milk should reduce by about half, and the mixture should thicken slightly before adding the coconut and mawa.
  6. Can I add nuts to Coconut Barfi?
    • Absolutely! Chopped nuts like almonds, cashews, or pistachios can be added for extra texture and flavor.
  7. What if my barfi doesn't set properly?
    • If the barfi doesn't set, return the mixture to the pan and cook for a few more minutes until it thickens further.
  8. Is Coconut Barfi gluten-free?
    • Yes, Coconut Barfi is naturally gluten-free, making it suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.
  9. Can I reduce the sugar in the recipe?
    • Yes, you can adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences.
  10. Can I garnish Coconut Barfi with anything else?
    • Besides coconut flakes, you can garnish Coconut Barfi with edible silver foil or chopped nuts for an elegant touch.


Enjoy crafting this beloved dessert in your own kitchen and savor the timeless flavors of Coconut Barfi!