The making of this recipe happened to be one of those moments whereby I had tripe that I wanted to get rid of in my fridge but I wanted to cook it then give it away.  Here’s the thing, I can’t bring myself to throw away anything that is still edible.  I always remember my uncles words saying “yinkcitho yantoni le?” (what a waste?”) when we threw stuff away when we were kids.   Throwing away food makes me feel ungrateful, does that sound crazy or is it familiar?

Anyways, I cooked it and it turned out really good.  I wasn’t planning on having any but I ended dishing up just a little bit for myself.  Then I thought it should go to the blog, hence this impromptu post.   Tripe stew with Mango Atchar sounds divine right?  Well, it is.  Throw in a glass of red wine in that mix.  It goes well with today’s weather in Cape Town.   Hope you get to try out the recipe and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!


Beef Mogodu Stew with Mango Atchar

Serves: 6


800g beef tripe, thoroughly cleaned and cut into chunky pieces

2 beef stock cubes

2 bay leaves

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

3 carrots cut into chunks

30ml soya sauce

45ml tomato paste

3 heaped tablespoons mango atchar




  1. Cook tripe in boiling water with stock cubes and bay leaves.   The cooking process might be long i.e. ½ 2 hours.  Cook the tripe until it is soft and not chewy.
  2. As soon as the tripe starts to get chewy, add onion, garlic, carrot and let it continue to cook for 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Add soya sauce, tomato paste, atchar and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Served with baked bread or pap.


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