Tripe (Muhodu)

Muhodu is the South African word for tripe. This is one of Mzansi’s most famous dishes. Many people have come forward to say how much they appreciate it, with some even claiming they would eat it every day if they could, while others prefer to consume it in the winter.  However, if not properly made, it is the perfect food to despise.

What is Tripe?

This is a type of organ meat made from the stomach lining of animals. It is often prepared from the first three of a cow’s four stomachs, although it can also come from the stomach of other animals or any ruminant including pigs, lambs, goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, deer, antelope, ox, giraffes, and their relatives.

The muscle wall of a cow’s stomach chambers includes; the rumen, the reticulum, and the omasum are used to make beef tripe (the internal mucosal lining is removed). Because of its glandular tissue concentration, abomasum (reed) tripe is less common.

It is widely used as a low-cost source of protein and minerals in many nations. For a tender outcome, it must be cooked slowly, but even then, the chewy texture is an acquired taste.

Tripas, the Spanish term for the stomach, also refers to dishes made from any animal with a stomach. Different names have been given to the tripe of other animals in various circumstances. For example, muhodu from pigs may be referred to as paunch, pig bag, or hog mouth.

How Does Tripe Taste?

Majority of its flavor comes from the organs around it, giving it a mild liver-like flavor and it is mostly praised for its chewy texture, as it is composed of smooth muscle and connective tissue.

It can be harsh if it is cooked too long. It has a chewy texture and a mild flavor that absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients with which it is cooked.

Is Tripe A Healthy Food?

Like most organ meats, muhodu is highly nutritious and beneficial to your health. Tripe is high in B vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and selenium, in addition to being a good source of protein.

Muhodu contains a lot of minerals, such as selenium, zinc, and vitamin B12. The fat content is lower than that of most other meats. A 3ounce beef steak contains 14.5 grams of fat, whereas tripe contains only 3.4 grams.

Muhodu is a fantastic addition to your weight-loss regimen because of its low carbohydrate content. Low carbohydrate diets lower insulin levels, causing the body to burn stored fat for energy and resulting in weight loss.

Does Muhodu Smell?

The odor varies depending on the cow’s diet. Some people compare beef tripe to mud and wet hay, while others compare it to grass.

You should also note that another element that may alter the odor of beef tripe is the freshness of the animal. When muhodu is put in the freezer for an extended period, it begins to smell.

How to Cook Tripe

Tripe is a tough meat that requires special preparation to make it edible. It’s usually prepared using moist heat methods like boiling or stewing.

Muhodu is a highly demanding dish, and if you wish to prepare it, make sure you are prepared to wait a long time.

Tripe (Muhodu) Recipe

Tripe (Muhodu) Recipe


  • 1 kg tribe cleaned and chopped)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped
  • zeal spice to taste
  • 1 beef stock
  • 1 packet rich hearty powered soup
  • salt for taste


  • Clean and chop your tripe.
  • In a pot add water, salt, zeal, onion and your tripe.
  • Boil for 2 hours, constantly checking on it.
  • Once it's half tender add your chopped green pepper and yourbeef stock.
  • Leave it to cook for another 15 mins then add your soup.
  • You can then serve and enjoy!


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ABOUT ME: My name is Amarachi Irobi, a content writer and food lover who loves to explore traditional African cuisine.

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