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Brain fry recipe

Brain fry recipe easy to make and authentic chettinad style.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 no goat brain
  • 5 nos small onions finely chopped
  • 3 nos garlic cloves finely chopped
  • a generous pinch of turmeric powder
  • few coriander leaves finely chopped
  • water as needed
  • salt to taste

To grind to a semi fine paste:

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp whole pepper corns
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1 nos red chilli (I used kashmiri variety)

To temper:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 half inch cinnamon
  • 1 no clove
  • a small sprig curry leaves


  • First rinse the brain well, then remove the red vein part as shown below.
  • Then rinse it again with turmeric and set aside.Get the chopping done.
  • Now add all the ingredients given under 'to grind' to the mixer jar and add little water.
  • Grind it a semi fine paste.Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai add cinnamon,cloves then curry leaves,let it splutter.
  • Then add chopped onion, garlic.
  • Saute till it becomes transparent.Then add brain with a pinch of turmeric powder.Just toss it.
  • Now add the masala paste,add 1/4 cup water and let it cook for 5mins in low flame.Cook until raw smell of the masalas leave.Brain will get cooked faster.
  • Cook until it becomes semi dry, it will take just 3-5mins. Garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.


  • Goats brain cooks faster so don't cook long.
  • It is very delicate so handle gently.
  • While cooking also do not flip brain often
  • Though cleaning step1 is not done by all, amma insists to clean brain this way.
  • This is only mildy spicy,if you prefer a bit spicy fry then add 2 red chillies.