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Blackberry Barfi with Coconut and Rose

Blackberry Barfi Indian Sweets with coconut and rose.

Chocolates, Wild Food, World Cuisine | 21st September 2012 | By

Anyone familiar with Indian sweets will have tasted barfi. But what about blackberry barfi? Cornish blackberries meet exotic India in this sweet fusion fest. There’s also coconut and subtle hints of rose.

To me, food in London means two things and takes me straight back to my student days. Firstly, high end treats for special occasions like birthdays and graduation. I remember the excitement of tea at the Ritz and tea at the Grosvenor. Not something a girl from a remote Cornish village had ever experienced before.

Indian Sweets

Secondly and much more frequently, I made use of the abundance of good cheap Indian eats in and around the back of Euston Station. This may account for my occasional lateness to lectures. It was here I was introduced to Indian sweets and was smitten by their exotic flavours. So when Fiona of London Unattached set this month’s Best of British challenge as “what does London food mean to you”, Indian sweets were the first thing that sprang to mind.

Blackberry, Rose and Coconut Barfi

I was dying to have a go at making some Indian sweets after receiving Indian-Inspired Desserts by Roopa Rawal. Watch this space for a forthcoming exciting giveaway. So leafing through the book, it was just a matter of picking which one. Because I still have some rose syrup left, the coconut and rose barfi caught my eye.

Foraged blackberries.

That was the one I wanted to start with, but with the addition of some fruit to offset the sweetness a little and to give some natural colour. Hmmm, what’s in season? Well it’s been a while since I last got scratched arms and purple stained fingers, but blackberries it had to be. I managed to pick a tub full from the hedgerows and made my way back home with glee.

One word of warning, this blackberry barfi takes quite a bit of time to make. It also requires a lot of stirring. You’ll also need to use your judgement as to when it’s ready, but that’s not as difficult as it may sound. I managed it without any difficulty, though I did cross my fingers and hope it would set.

Slab of blackberry barfi.

Bingo, after a few hours it had well and truly set. Indeed, I was thrilled with the result; my blackberry barfi tasted like a true Indian sweet, despite the fact that blackberries may never have been used before. The texture was perfect too.

The blackberry flavour was very much present and the rose though subtle, did not go unnoticed. The chocolate drizzle added another flavour dimension and helped counteract the sweetness. Having said that, they weren’t as sweet as I had imagined they would be. They featured at a dinner party I recently held for friends and were well received.

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Blackberry Barfi with Coconut and Rose

Cornish blackberries meet exotic India in this sweet fusion fest. There's also coconut and subtle hints of rose.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: After Dinner, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Cornish, Indian
Keyword: blackberries, candy, coconut, rose, sweets
Servings: 32 pieces
Calories: 89kcal


  • 300 g blackberries
  • 387 g tin of condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp rose syrup
  • 200 g milk powder
  • 40 g desiccated coconut
  • 30 g dark chocolate for drizzling - optional (I used Green & Black's Cook's 72%)


  • Puree the blackberries with a jug or stick blender and rub through a sieve to extract as much of the juice as possible. Place the sieve directly over a medium heavy based saucepan to minimise washing up.
  • Add the condensed milk and warm it up on a low heat, stirring all the while.
  • Add the rose syrup.
  • Increase the heat a little and add the milk powder. Whisk until any lumps that have formed, disappear.
  • Add the desiccated coconut and continue to stir.
  • Cook for about an hour, stirring every few minutes until the mixture looks fairly dry and as though it might be thick enough to set.
  • Spoon into a 2 lb loaf tin lined with baking paper and smooth down with the back of a spoon.
  • Leave for at least a couple of hours to set.
  • If you opt for the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over hot, but not boiling, water.
  • Turn the barfi out onto a board.
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the barfi with a teaspoon.
  • Cut into 32 squares.


Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg


Best of British is a monthly challenge showcasing the best of what British food has to offer in various counties or regions around the UK. The challenge is sponsored by The Face of New World Appliances. They are offering a £50 Amazon voucher prize to give to a winning entry each month. Here are the previous regional entries: Cornwall, Scotland, Yorkshire.

As I used freshly picked blackberries, I’m entering my Indian sweets into Simple & In Season. This is a monthly blogging event created by Ren of Fabulicious Food and is this month hosted by Katie Bryson of Feeding Boys and a Firefighter.

I’m also submitting my blackberry barfi to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays. This is a challenge which embraces the whole concept of cooking from scratch.


  1. Debby

    21st September 2012 at 11:09 am

    wow those look amazing…I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for the give away.
    Have a cool weekend.

  2. Foodycat

    21st September 2012 at 10:10 am

    That looks amazing! Adding blackberries is genuinely brilliant. It’s funny, for me Indian sweets are Sydney!

    • Choclette

      21st September 2012 at 10:50 am

      It’s not the best characteristic, but I can’t help feeling smug about the blackberries – thank you. Sydney makes me think of Thai food.

    • Foodycat

      22nd September 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Yeah – Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, all says Sydney to me. But I used to go to an Indian sweet shop on Cleveland St with friends, share a Thali and load up on burfi and jalebis.

  3. Chele

    21st September 2012 at 11:31 am

    Fantastic colour and I am well impressed with your foraging haul, very successful. Love how the challenge has related to you in a way I am sure nobody ever dreamed off.

  4. mylittleitaliankitchen

    21st September 2012 at 12:49 pm

    you are the queen of puddings and you are good at using seasonal fruit too!

  5. manu

    21st September 2012 at 11:58 am

    It looks divine and the colour is beautiful!

  6. Chris

    21st September 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Lovely, very lovely! That makes me again thinking … why don’t I have something for pudding tonight!

  7. Janine

    21st September 2012 at 8:11 pm

    These have a very striking appearance – they look very professional! Not bad for a first try, I’d say!

  8. rita cooks italian

    21st September 2012 at 11:32 pm

    These colours are amazing! I cook Indian food once a week,but I’ve never had Indian puddings/desserts. Crazy, I know. Your cakes are beautiful and surely delicious. I also discovered Indian food when I moved to London, 10 years ago.

  9. Phil in the Kitchen

    21st September 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Great idea – these look lovely. Blackberries sound like an excellent ingredient to use. You’ve reminded me of the times I spent eating Indian food around Euston. In particular, some lovely but very extended lunch hours in the Ravi Shankar restaurant back in the late 1980s.

  10. Katie

    22nd September 2012 at 6:59 am

    That sounds amazing. I love barfi but never had a fruity version. You are so inventive 🙂

  11. Katie

    22nd September 2012 at 1:09 pm

    What gorgeous vivid sweets! I’ve never tried barfi before but they look GREAT! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  12. Karen S Booth

    22nd September 2012 at 1:15 pm

    FABULOUS entry for BOB and also an amazing dessert too….I love new ideas with blackberries, and the colours are fabulous! Karen

  13. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    22nd September 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I love your barfi and think you did put your own individual stamp on this Indian sweet which is something I like to do with recipes too. It goes to show you just how good it is to be creative in the kitchen when thinking up ideas.
    I wonder how London felt to you after coming from a rather more sedate part of the world?
    This is a great creation, love blackberries and they are free!

  14. Janice

    22nd September 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve never made Indian sweets, but that sounds very good.

  15. Working London Mummy Working London Mummy

    22nd September 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Wow. I love barfi but never tried a fruity one! great idea Choclette!

  16. Laura loves cakes

    22nd September 2012 at 8:04 pm

    This sounds really interesting…I’ve never heard of Barfi! I do however love blackberries…it looks really tasty and an unusual combination with the cocount and rose! 🙂

  17. At Anna's kitchen table

    23rd September 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Ooh, I love barfi! Blackberries make a fresh addition.

  18. The Caked Crusader

    23rd September 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of this – it’s a slightly unfortunate name, but looks amazing!

  19. Javelin Warrior

    23rd September 2012 at 9:37 pm

    This sounds delicious, Choclette – I don’t know that I’ve ever tried a truly Indian inspired dessert before but I’d give this a go. Love the blackberries and and the texture of the barfi looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays and I’m still trying to catch up after a week of holiday 🙂

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  21. Chloe Edges

    26th February 2020 at 11:59 am

    Delicious! I’ve never eaten barfi but anything with that much condensed milk in it must be amazing!

    • Choclette

      26th February 2020 at 1:30 pm

      Hahahaha, indeed. Indian sweets are usually quite sweet. But stick a load of tart fruit with them and things start to change.


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