When selecting the meat to buy, try find one that has been cleaned and looks fresh and clean on running water when you get home.Buying a whole piece makes it easier to clean and when cooked and you can easily cut it up to desired shape and size.
½ kg Whole tripes (Washed)
3-4 Garlic cloves(Sliced)
Small piece Ginger(Chopped)
Mixed coloured Peppers-(Sliced)
2 Chopped Tomatoes(Optional)
2-3 tsp Curry Powder
Tips on Cleaning and Pre-Cooking Tripes.
. Check and remove the slimy green at the back of the piece while washing under water.
. Make sure you clean till the water is clear.
. Place the washed piece into a pan with cold water and bring the water to a boil and cook for 15 minutes without covering. This is meant to sterilize the piece.
. Drain off the hot water then put fresh water and bring to a boil and cook the piece while covered for up to 3 hours or until it is soft to your liking. Keep adding water as it reduces while simmering.
. To check if its done, cut a small piece and bite into it.
. Allow to cool before cutting them.
. Cut the cooked tripes to your desired shape and size.
. Under medium heat, fry the onion and ginger in minimal oil till it starts to slightly brown. Add the garlic at this stage and allow to cook.
. Add the curry powder and stir into the onion for about 1-2 minutes while on low heat to avoid it from burning. Add the cut up tripes and stir into the onion and allow to cook for about 3-4 minutes. Keep the heat at medium while constantly stirring to avoid the onion mix from burning.
Add a little water if it get too dry. If you have tomatoes, you can add them at this point and allow to cook and soften(optional).
. Add the cut peppers and stir as you allow them to cook by covering the pot. Cook for a further 4 minutes or your desired taste.Taste and adjust the seasoning and finish by adding chopped dhania(coriander) if you have some.
The secret to note when making tripes is to boil them till they are tender and when buying, look out for the pieces with lots of white part as they will be tougher to cook. Buy even looking pieces to make sure they cook evenly.