Marble Barfi

August 27, 2013mayurisjikoni
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What is the advantage of this theme?

For the 10th week on Foodies_Redoing Old Posts, marble barfi got a new look.Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts where every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and get comments. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group definitely gives me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos.



Lord Krishna’s birthday is a joyous event celebrated with much pomp and happiness by Hindus. Somehow, I have never associated Janamashtami with seriousness of pooja, havan and abhishek like  Lord Ram’s birthday. It’s perhaps because its only during Janamashtami that the ISKCON temples organise a lot of entertainment to celebrate Janamashtami.. The temple in Mombasa usually manages to put up a few dances depicting Krishna’s life and once in a while a short play. However, celebrations at the Juhu temple are on a much grandeur scale with lots happening for the whole week.

Janamashtami at ISKCON JUHU

It was during one of our visits to Mumbai that we got to see a ballet on Yashoda Ma and Krishna performed by none other than Hema Malini and her younger daughter Ahana. Such a breath taking performance by talented  dancer and actor, I wished it could have carried on forever. Both mother and daughter were very graceful and it was perfectly choreographed. So tomorrow though there will be an abhishek at the temple, I am sure everyone will be looking forward to the performances followed by lots of prasadam by other famous artists.

Janamashtami at home

For Janamashtami I tend to make a variety of food  to offer to Lord Krishna. This year I decided to try out marble barfi. After performing a small Pooja and make some offerings home, I go to the temple to celebrate Janamashtami.

What is Marble Barfi?

Its a barfi or fudge which is really simple to make. Nuts and dried fruits along with cardamom and nutmeg powder is added to milk powder. Then a one string sugar syrup is added. There was a time I never really understood the one thread, two thread terms used for most of the sugar syrup for  Indian sweets. However the information given on this subject by Nisha Madhulika is a perfect guideline for me.

Why is it called Marble barfi?

Frankly, have no idea but its very easy to make this marble barfi or fudge once you have all the ingredients at hand. Maybe its the texture as this barfi is not soft or perhaps its called marble barfi because of the bits of dry fruit  one can see in the barfi. I don’t know, but whatever the reason, this barfi is super easy to make.

Can this barfi be made for other festivals?

Most certainly you can right from Janamashtami, Navratri, Diwali, Ram Navmi to Christmas. Make marble barfi as a gift for friends and family or to serve at a party. I’ve made this barfi or fudge for Diwali this time round and decided to roll them into small balls, instead of setting it in a tray and then cutting squares. There are some other easy sweet dishes that can be made for any of these festivals. I love making almond and chocolate halwa. Appeals to both old and young. Try out coconut laddoos or fudge balls, another simple and yet delicious sweet. Hubby’s all time favourite is Date and Cashew nut Barfi. I don’t miss making a kheer dish for Janamashtami as Lord Krishna loved milk, yogurt and butter.

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Marble barfi or fudge is an easy to make delicous sweet. Add any dried fruits and nuts of your choice. Ideal for festivals and as edible gift.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert, Indian Sweet, Mithai
Cuisine Indian



  • cups milk powder, full fat
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ½ cup cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • a few strands of saffron



  • In a mixing bowl add milk powder, milk and ghee.
  • Mix together using your finger tips.
  • Allow the mixture to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • In the meantime get the nuts ready. Roast them lightly in a pan.
  • Coarsely grind the nuts separately. Mix them together. Add to the milk powder mixture.
  • Chop the cranberries. Add to the milk powder mixture.
  • Add raisins, nutemg and cardamom powder to the milk powder mixture.
  • Mix everything together.


  • Put sugar and water in a pan over low heat.
  • Stir the mixture till the sugar melts.
  • Let the syrup simmer over low heat till you get a one thread consistency. This takes less than 5 minutes. 
  • Put a blob of syrup on a saucer. Let it cool for a few seconds. 
  • Press it between your thumb and forefinger. If it forms a single short thread, the syrup is ready. Let it simmer a bit more if the one thread does not form.
  • Add the saffron when the syrup is ready.


  • Add the milk powder mixture to the sugar syrup.
  • Mix well using a spatula.
  • Allow the mixture to cool just enough so that you're able to touch it.
  • Take about a tablespoonful of the mixture and press the mixture in yor fist to form a ball.
  • Repeat the above step with the remaining mixture.


  • If you don't want to form the balls then set it in a tray.
  • Grease a 5" X 7" tray with ghee. Add the hot barfi mixture.
  • Spread the mixture out and level it using a spatula or a bowl or glass. Press it down gently.
  • When the mixture is a bit cool, cut into squares.
  • Allow the mixture to become cold completely before you remove the sqaures from the tray.


  • Use nuts and dried fruits of your choice.
  • If you are rolling the barfi into balls then make sure you don't allow the mixture to become cold otherwise it will become difficult to shape them.
  • Add chocolate chips if you like when the mixture is a bit cool.
Keyword barfi, dried fruits, homemade barfi, homemade fudge, homemade gift, indian sweet, nuts

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  • Swathi Iyer

    August 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    That marble burffi looks delicious, Lord krishna will be happy.

  • Nivedhanams Sowmya

    September 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    looks delicious and very tempting!!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!


  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    October 18, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Perfect timing, just yesterday I got some dried cranberries and was thinking of the recipe. This will be perfect foe the upcoming holiday season and also to gift to my friends

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Renu, hope your friends love it.

  • FoodTrails

    October 18, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Marble barfi.. name sounds very interesting..looks so good…, perfect for festival or gifting to friends and relatives in beautiful decorated boxes!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Swaty, it does make a great gift option.

  • shobhakeshwani

    October 19, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Marble barfi looks cute and delicious. I make nariyal barfi this way and serve in small cup cake wrappers.It is easier to serve to the guests

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm

      Thanks Shobha and yes serving in paper cups is much easier.

  • sizzlingtastebuds

    October 31, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    That’s a rich dessert! Loving the speckled look like U mentioned , it does look a bit like the marble tiles we used earlier at homes. Bookmarking to try this as I have a feeling my kids might like this nuts-laced barfi

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 31, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks Kalyani, hope your kids love the barfi when you make it.

  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    October 31, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Marble barfi !!! name is quite interesting di … Really look wise it totally gives a view of marble 🙂 Perfect for festive time as well as gifting option…

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 31, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

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  • poonampagar

    December 26, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Marble burfi looks absolutely delectable di ! Perfect festive treat !

    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 26, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam.

  • Shobha Keshwani

    August 9, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    5 stars
    Marble barfi looks super delicious with so many ingredients gone into it. Lovely prashad for Kanha ji

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 9, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      That’s so true Shobha, thank you.

  • priya vj

    August 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    5 stars
    This marble fudge looks so delicious rich as well as easy. I am.bookmarking this right away to try for krishna janmashtami or ganpathi .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 9, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you so much Priya. Do tag me when you do and share a photo.

  • Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    August 9, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    5 stars
    Marble barfi, the name sounds interesting. These barfi balls look delicious. Milk powder and nuts combo will make it taste so good. And loved the idea of redoing old posts. Much needed one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana and yes with all the changes happening in the blogging world, we need to update the posts.

  • Mina Joshi

    August 9, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    5 stars
    These barfis look so delicious. They remind me of white Ferero Rocher chocolates. Would make a perfect hamper gift.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2020 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Mina, I usually make it as a Christmas gift to give to friends and for Christmas parties.

  • Jolly

    August 10, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Such a nice and delicious share!! So nice to know about yours Janamastami traditions! Love marble barfi, especially with lots of nuts!!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly.

  • Linsy Patel

    August 10, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    feels like grab one and take it, looks picture perfect

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Linsy.

  • Sarika (spice zone)

    August 10, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    This marble barfi is full of all the goodies.. love the way they look.. delicious treat for Janamashtmi

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much Sarika.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    August 10, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely barfi, it is dazzling white with nuts. It is ideal for all the upcoming festivals.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 10, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree, yes its perfect for the upcoming festivals.


    August 11, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious I was wondering about the red specks in the barfi!!! Looks so yummy! Just apt for the coming festivities.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, and yes perfect for the upcoming festivals.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    August 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    5 stars
    Wow Mayurji, love the burfi, with so much nuts, i have all the ingredients, infact have a tin of milk powder and was looking for an interesting recipe to use it up! I m definitely going to try this one! A Perfect festive treat!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 13, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you so much Priya. Please share a click when you make the marble barfi.


    August 14, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    5 stars
    Marble Barfi looks like perfect treat anytime not only during festivals. With so much dry fruits and nuts this should be absolutely delectable. Lord Krishna must be so happy with your marble barfi

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 15, 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much Narmadha. I actually make these for Christmas too as they are great for gifting too.

  • Preethicuisine

    August 20, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    Marble barfi looks scrumptious. Perfect for the festive season now. Looks absolutely delectable as it is loaded with dry fruits. Beautiful clicks. Loved the idea of redoing old posts.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      August 20, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. Yes a lot of my old posts need new photos and better write up.

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