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A plate of Pakistani-style Magaj Masala
Place of origin India, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Region or state South Asia
Main ingredients Cow, goat or sheep brain
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Magaj or Maghaz (Urdu/Punjabi/Sindhi: مغزBengali: মগজ; literally meaning brain[1]) is an offal dish common in Pakistani, Bangladeshi cuisine, and Indian Muslim cuisine. It is the brain of a cow, goat or sheep served with gravy.

In Hyderabadi cuisine, Maghaz Masala (Beja Fry) is a deep fried goat's brain's delicacy. Maghaz Bhuna is a popular dish in Bangladeshi cuisine, which is cattle or sheep/goat brain sautéed in hot spices.[2] Almonds and Pistacchios are often added. Magaj is also the name for an Indian sweet made with chick pea flour.


  1. ^ Anthropological Survey of India (1964). Bulletin of the Anthropological Survey of India. Director, Anthropological Survey of India, Indian Museum. p. 159. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Food and Eateries of Old Dhaka". Retrieved 12 May 2012.