How to make Trinidad Barfi

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Multiple Trinidad Barfi on a plate

Trinidad Barfi is a local and traditional Indian sweet. Trini Barfi is typically made around the time of Diwali, Eid, and prayer celebrations.

For a twist, you can add pistachio, cashew, or berries to produce a variety of flavors.

Why is my burfi not setting?

Chances are your Barfi may not set due to the fact that the water and sugar mixture did not reach the proper temperature or wasn't boiled long enough to make the syrup that sticks Barfi together.

Make sure to boil the sugar and water long enough so that it thickens. About 2-3 minutes on medium heat should do the trick. 

Does barfi need to be refrigerated?

Barfi does not need to be refrigerated, although it may get soggy if left at room temperature for too long due to the sugar syrup that is added to it. If you want a firmer result that lasts longer, you can leave it in the fridge. 

How long will barfi last?

Barfi will last covered in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

Is Burfi good for health?

Barfi contains a rather high amount of granulated sugar, making this not the most healthy treat.

Substitute the granulated sugar by using a sugar alternative to lower the carbs and calories and not spike your blood sugar levels.  

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
50 small squares


  • 3 cups Full Cream Milk Powder

  • 3/4 tin Nestle Cream

  • 2 tablespoons Melted Butter

  • 1/2 cup Water

  • 2 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Grated Ginger

  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cardamom

  • 1 pinch of Nutmeg Powder

  • Candy Sprinkles


Mix milk powder with Nestle cream until it reaches a crumbly texture. Then sift.

Sideview of ingredients being mixed in a bowl using a spatula

Using a silicone pastry brush, grease a baking dish with melted butter and dust with candy sprinkles.

Arial of a rectangular dish being brushed with a silicone brush

Using a small pot, boil water with sugar and ginger and add cardamom as well as nutmeg.

Overview of a pot of ginger and spices being boiled

Wait for the liquid to boil down to a reduced yet watery syrup, then quickly pour into the milk powder. Stir thoroughly using a whisk.

Liquid from a pot being mixed with ingredients in a bowl using a whisk

Pour the mixture into a greased dish. Add more sprinkles on top and press gently.

Barfi ingredients pressed into a pan being topped with sprinkles

Cut before fully set and let it cool overnight in the refrigerator.

Trinidad barfi being cut into squares using a chef's knife
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