Mutton Liver Fry/Eeral Varal (South Indian Style)

This recipe can be altered and served in 2 different variations when we combine the masala with the liver it can be reduced a bit and served as a gravy or allow the moisture content to dry out totally and serve as dry fry. At home we like it semi dry...

1/2 kilo Goat Liver (I've washed the liver twice and then cut into cubes)

(try to purchase fresh liver for this recipe if your purchasing liver from super market check at the packaging date if its a day old its still stale tends to be bit on the rubbery side once cooked.)

1/4 Tsp Chilly Powder
1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 Large Onion (finely chopped)
5-6 Pods Garlic Crushed
3 Cloves
3 Pods Cardamom
1 Inch Stick Cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp Coriander Powder
3 Tbsp Oil
1 Tsp Ghee
Salt to taste.

Masala Paste:
1 Tbsp Onion
1 Tbsp Coconut
1 Inch Ginger
10 Pods Garlic
6 Green Chilies
1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper Corns
1/4 Tsp Fennel Seeds
2 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 Inch Cinnamon

First Step:

  • To Prepare masala paste heat a fry pan with 2 tsp oil add onion and pepper corns fry a bit then add all the ingredients ginger, garlic, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon , cloves and chilies fry all the ingredients to light pink in color remove from flame and allow to cool before adding to a mixer jar.
  • Grind the fried ingredients to a smooth paste.
Second Step:
  • Heat a pressure cooker with1 tbsp oil add the ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and chilly powder fry a bit add the liver and fry add 2 cups of water and 1/4 tsp salt and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and allow the liver to cook for 4 to 5 whistles till well done.
Its best to cook the liver prior this not only saves time but also helps to eliminate any funny smell.

Third Step:
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan or kadai add 1 tbsp oil and 1tbsp ghee add  the cinnamon, cardamom and cloves to the hot oil and fry add the crushed garlic a fry till light pink.
  • Add the onion and coriander powderto the garlic and fry till transparent.
  • Add the prepared masala paste to the onion and fry a bit add the cooked liver check for salt and add salt if needed stir and cover.
  • Allow the moisture content to reduce keep stirring till the oil separates to the sides squeeze in 1/2 lime juice and garnish with coriander and mint...serve hot with rice...Enjoy..:)

Demo Video in English do watch ...Enjoy...:)


  1. HOw will we know whether its cooked properly, beacause when i tried it was having a very bad smell and the inside of the liver didnt got cooked well

    1. Rahul this is a very good question. to check and see if the liver has cooked once you add all the masala and water cover and allow to cook on a low flame for 10 minutes then stir once and cover and allow to cook for another 20 minutes on a low flame check and see if the liver has cooked after 30 minutes of its not done the if the liver is cooked well it should be a bit hard and not red in the center. best way to cook liver is to cook it in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles till done...try and let me know all the best...happy cooking...:)

  2. i cooked the liver in pressure cooker and it turned out hard. (the liver i got is fresh frm slaughtered goat). any tips. thanks

  3. yummy yummy taste

  4. WOW 😲 it came yummy yummy.. Checkout targets on street food 😋 around the world


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