Saturday 8 March 2014

Goat Brain Fry (masala) / Moolai Varuval - South Indian Style

Brain fry / masala is a delicacy and favorite non-veg dish in South India; very easy to prepare as well!


Goat Brain - 3
Chopped onion - 1½ (shallots or big onions; I used big onions)
Chopped tomato - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - ¼ spoon
Corriander powder - ¼ spoon
Turmeric powder -¼ spoon
Curry leaves - few
Salt - As per taste
Oil - 1 or 2 tbsp

To Grind:
Pepper - 1 tsp 
Cumin seeds - ½ tsp
Fennel seeds / sombu - ¼ spoon


Wash the brain and cut into 4 pieces each using a sharp knife; keep aside.

Add pepper, cumin seeds and fennel seed into a mixie jar and grind into a coarse powder. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai; add ginger garlic paste and curry leaves.  Saute for a minute and add finely chopped onions.

Saute till the colour changes; now add tomatoes, red chilli powder, coriander powder, pepper mixture and salt.

Fry till the tomato melts.  Add little water and allow to cook till raw smell of the masala goes off.

Now add the chopped brain; close the pan with a lid and cook in medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes till the brain is cooked and oil separates.

(Do not turn often; brain is very delicate and tend to break very easily!)

Once it done; garnish with corriander leaves and serve.

Serve hot with steamed rice paired with mutton or chicken gravy or with rasam.


  1. Hey so simple and easy items to remember for grinding

  2. Made superbly... Haven't tasted goat brain....

  3. Makes me drool, love brain fry very much..

  4. Have not tasted this dish but sounds So tasty. Your photos making me hungry!

  5. Sunday morning, ippadi tempt pannalaama???

  6. looks too tempting..must have really tasted yummy...

  7. Looks too good dear ..will try this soon :)

  8. I have had them just weeks after my daughter was born, enjoyed them as well. Your preparation reminds me exactly the same as my mother's :)

  9. Trying it out...sure its going to be awsome

  10. Trying it out...sure its going to be awsome

  11. It looks good but when to add the pepper-cumin-fennel mixture. If I did not look right sorry.

    1. Thank you for mentioning, corrected now. Add pepper-cumin-fennel mixture along with the spice powders.


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