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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

We have some dishes in Jamaica that will leave you with more questions than answers. “Tripe and Bean” has left many people with a look of confusion that can only be replicated by the next unsuspecting individual who doesn’t know much about our culture.

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What is Tripe in Jamaica?

Tripe is a popular dish made from the stomach lining of cows, and it's a staple here in Jamaican cuisine. Back in the day, this was one of the most affordable meats and was frowned upon as a “poor people's food”.

But can you believe how drastically things have changed? The last time I stopped at a roadside cook shop which had tripe and bean on the menu, it was more expensive than all the chicken dishes.

It’s not a dish that is prepared often and it’s quite rare to find it on the menu of cookshops and restaurants. So of course, I’ll have to share the recipe with you so that you can make it at home for yourself.

How long does tripe take to cook?

Cooking tripe can take a bit of time since it needs to be tenderised. On average, it might take around 2 to 3 hours, depending on the recipe and cooking method.

How do you clean the tripe before cooking?

Cleaning tripe is a crucial step. Since it's the stomach lining, it needs a good wash to remove any residual dirt or impurities. First, rinse it under cold water to get rid of any loose particles.

Then, you can soak it in a mixture of water and vinegar or lemon juice for a while to help break down any stubborn bits. After that, give it another good rinse. Some folks also like to parboil it before cooking to further ensure it's clean and tender.

Is tripe healthy or unhealthy?

It can be a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It contains collagen, which is beneficial for skin, joints, and gut health. Additionally, tripe is a great source of selenium. According to studies, selenium plays a crucial role in your body's protection and signaling systems.

Adequate consumption of selenium through diet has been associated with a lower incidence of infertility, arthritis, and certain cardiac diseases.

However, it's not everyone's cup of tea. Some might find it a bit fatty or challenging to digest. If you're into offal and organ meats, it can be a nutritious addition to your diet. Just remember, moderation is key!

Jamaican Curried Tripe and Broad Bean Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound of tripe, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can (15 ounces) broad beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable or beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil

PROCEDURE

  1. Clean and Prepare the Tripe: Rinse the tripe under cold water, removing any loose particles. Soak the tripe in a mixture of water and vinegar or lemon juice for about 30 minutes. Give it a final rinse and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Parboil the Tripe: In a pot of boiling water, add the tripe and let it boil for about 15-20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Burning the Curry: Heat some oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until they're golden brown and fragrant. Stir in the curry powder and turmeric, letting them toast for a minute. This releases their flavours. Toss in the parboiled tripe, making sure it gets coated in that delicious curry mixture.
  4. Add Vegetables: Add the carrots, potatoes, scallion, and thyme. Mix everything, letting the veggies get well coated in the curry.
  5. Add Coconut Milk: Pour in the coconut milk or broth. Bring it to a gentle simmer.
  6. Let it cook for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the tripe is tender. If the liquid reduces too much, you can add more broth.
  7. Add Your Broad Bean: Now, add the drained and rinsed broad beans. Gently fold them into the mixture, allowing them to absorb the curry. Let it all simmer for another 15-20 minutes until the flavours meld, and the veggies are fork-tender.

Serve and Enjoy!

Best Side dish for this recipe? In my opinion, some plain white rice will do the trick.

Ready to give this dish a try? No meal is complete without dessert. Try pairing it with a recipe from our E-book, Jamaican Sweet Treats, for a tasty after dinner treat.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Tripe And Bean Recipe

  1. Tripe: Is it good for you? pros and cons, nutrition, and more (no date) WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/diet/tripe-good-for-you (Accessed: 30 January 2024).
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