Brain Masala Fry


  • 2 brains cleaned and cut into three sections
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp dhansak masala (u get it readymade or you can substitute with readymade garam masala or put 1/2 tsp each coriander, cumin and garam masala additional)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh green garlic (optional on availability)
  • 2 slitted deseeded green chillies
  • Salt


  1. Marinate brains in salt and all the spices and masalas except fresh coriander, green chillies and green garlic. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  2. In a pan medium heat some oil add the green chillies. Once they are fragrant add the green garlic if using and the fresh coriander.
  3. Sauté for 20 secs and add brain. Cook it covered occasionally stirring on low heat for 10 minutes or so. It does not need long to cook.
Rita Jamshed Kapadia

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Noshir says:

    Dear Rita,

    My Mom even used to make Brain poro on special breakfast occasions.

    This Brain fry is the same as what my Bapaiji (Dad’s Mom) used to make as a side dish with Masoor.


  2. Rita says:

    Yes Noshir, brain poro! Like the taste of the bheja and miss it in the US. My mother in law made very tasty brain cutlets.

  3. Khurshed Kotwal says:

    t Thank you for the recipe I always wanted to make the brain masala.Will try thisone , I am pretty sure it will be very tasty. We get lamb brains from Halal Butchers in Sydney.

  4. Rita says:

    Do let me know how the lamb brain tastes, I have not cooked lamb brains. Are they the same taste as goat brains?

  5. gooloomehta says:

    Lovely. Recipe. Ate Beja after long time. What with cholesterol fright and health woes one gets afraid to eat this delectable stuff. But thnks for recipe. Turned out good. Pl send Beja cutlets recipe Thnks. Gooloomehta

  6. I have a bheja cutlets recipe and photos. Working on the project.

  7. meher says:

    Nice receipe…but if we want a little gravy adding chopped onions and tomatoes n sauté them with the spices n then add the bheja….nice to mop up with chapattis and bread.

  8. Rita says:

    Onions and tomatoes – Yummy gravy anytime. Love it.

  9. Rita says:

    Thank you so much ❤

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