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Chilli and Garlic Matumbo

I do not know exactly why I never liked Matumbo for the better part of my life. Maybe I may have had a nasty matumbo experience when I was a child that led me to absolutely abhor that meal. This all changed last year when I decided to face my fears and had matumbo for the first time in a very long time. And it was the tastiest thing I had tasted in a long time. I then concluded that probably it all comes down to how you cook it, and if it is cooked well, the results are always spectacular!

Matumbo is a swahili word which in this context loosely translates to innards. The western world refers to matumbo as tripe and I was pleased that they too indulge in this delicacy. It is the meat that comes from the stomach of a cow, making it an organ meat. It is cheaper than muscle meats and very nutritious. Today I prepared for you one of my new favorites, with the fabulous flavors of chilli and garlic. The technique I used was very specific so just read on to find out more :). I am so excited about this!!!!!

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First thing first: cleaning the matumbo (tripe).

It is not the funnest job on the planet, nor the most sanitary, but very necessary. You will need plenty of water, so as to ensure all the content is flushed out. You will know they are clean after the water runs clear during the wash. This process is far from pretty, so I prefered not to take pictures 😀

Once you are done, cut them into small pieces, add some water and put them to boil on a jiko or in a slow cooker/ crock pot. The longer they boil, the more tender they shall be. Once the water has reduced, add some more, together with 3/4 cup of milk and fresh whole chillies. The milk absorbs some of the smell and makes them softer. You can even soak the matumbo in milk before boiling if you have the time. The chilli will add it’s flavor to the tripe and it will be mild. If you prefer more heat, chop up your chilli and then add it. I like mine mild so I put them in whole. The thing about chilli is that it has to cook with the food for it to really taste great. If you add it after you have already cooked, it becomes too harsh and not as well developed compared to when it is cooked with the food.

The second round boiling with the milk and the chilli is the the most important step in building a flavor profile for this dish.

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After this is done boiling, you can begin the cooking process.

Ingredients for matumbo

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5 cloves of garlic

1/2 kg of boiled tripe

4 tomatoes, roughly chopped

Fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 1/2 tablespoon of royco all spice mix

1 large red onion, diced


Pound your garlic cloves in a kinu into a paste. Dice your onions and put these two in a sufuria with some heated oil. Add some salt and let these saute until the are soft. Add your tomatoes and let this simmer for about 5 minutes until the are all soft.

onion saute makes the perfect match with pound garlic


onion and tomato reduction for the matumbo

Then add your chilli infused boiled matumbo and mix it in. Let them simmer for about 2 minutes then add your royco all spice mix. Mix this all up.  Add 1/4 cup of water and cover this with a lid and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes.

adding royco all-spice mix to matumbo for extra flavor and richer color


adding coriander to matumbo to add color and fresh flavor

Add your finely chopped coriander and mix it in then serve immediately.

Are you drooling yet?? I now I am… 😀

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This is the way to anyone’s heart :). No other meal gives such satisfaction more than hot matumbo and ugali. I know you agree :). This will be an even more fantastic experience when you use this recipe. The chilli is just enough for that kick and the garlic and red onion marvelously compliment the coriander. This  is tender, very flavorful and a sure way to steal the spot light while hosting.

delicious matumbo with flavors of garlic, red onion, chilli and dhania. Kenyan Food. Kenyan food bloggers

This is so good, it will make grown men weep. No jokes!!

You need this in your life. More magic next time,

Love & Love

-Miss Kaluhi

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  1. Bravo you’ve made cooking very simple for me

    • kaluhiskitchen

      March 11, 2015 at 10:39 am

      And that is one of the main purposes for this blog: making cooking simple for you. And with that, I feel good and ready to keep on dishing out recipes 🙂 :). Honored to have you as a reader, Joyce

  2. Your posts give me life. I hope to meet you one day……..Bless you!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      March 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

      It makes me infinitely happy to know that, David. That gives me strength to keep doing what I am doing. Thank You 🙂

  3. Hi, Please what is the English name for matumbo?

  4. This lady makes me wanna cook everything at once…cooking made easy..love the recipea

    • kaluhiskitchen

      May 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Hey Martha,Cooking really is easy and I and happy you too have come to that realization 🙂

  5. carolyne murunga

    May 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I love this n am trying today. I look forward for more recipes

    • kaluhiskitchen

      May 27, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Thats awesome carol :)let me know how it all goes! You can review the blog and pick out other recipes that you like out of the 84 that are already up.

  6. nadodokwa na mate tayari.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      May 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Hata mimi nikikumbuka jinsi mlo huu ilivyopendeza hisia za ulimi wangu nadondokwa na mate pia. 😀 You should try this soon Carolyne, Utapenda! 🙂

      • Can i have the receipe kwa emil

        • kaluhiskitchen

          May 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

          Hey Jane, You can just download the recipe and save it in your desktop for easier viewing and reference later on. I made it super easy for you, just click on the download button and save it. There is also an e-mail option amongst the share buttons

  7. i am so new to this blog but i am already drooling. i cannot wait to bombard my hubby with these awesome recipe

  8. am salivating na vile niko broke!!! jus wish you could eat from the photos hahaha….i love your work God bless you.

  9. Can’t wait to make this for my family. Been doing it the wrong way. Thanks a milli

  10. Hi am trying to make it now. Let me see the result

  11. Hello…am really craving for this meal…am sure my hubby n our unborn child will enjoy it..in fact am doing it this evening..thank you so much.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      April 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      One of my favorite all time recipes!!! I am sure both you and baby in your belly will thoroughly enjoy this matumbo

  12. Utamu tu! *licks fingers* I made it today after a week of constant drooling. Best matumbo I ever tasted. Thank you Kaluhi.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      May 9, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      This is the BEST matumbo recipe on the face of the earth hands DOWN!!!!!!!!! I am so glad you enjoyed this as much as I did.

  13. Thank for making the cooking simple to follow. First time making tripe awaiting results

    • kaluhiskitchen

      September 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      You are most welcome! I am also looking forward to seeing how your cooking turns out. Please take a pic and tag me on social media :))

  14. Hey Miss Kaluhi. For How Long Did You Boil Your Matumbo??

    • kaluhiskitchen

      October 23, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      About 3 hours. If I am not wrong, I indicated that in this post. Please note, the time taken to boil will vary based on your quantities

  15. Finally got to try this recipe. Loved it. Love what you are doing, and where you are headed with your passion. Bless.

  16. Made it. Better than any matumbo I have tasted. No matumbo smell and you can actually forget you are eating matumbo. Even my preschoolers at it for once and asked for more. Thank you.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      December 29, 2016 at 11:03 am

      This is one of the best feedback I have ever recieved! Truly everything can be made delicious, and I am sooooo happy you and your little angels enjoyed my matumbo recipe :))

  17. Came here looking for the english name for matumbo. Found an awesome website and a great recipe. Thanks will try this out.

  18. Claire Mutuku

    May 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Kaluhi dear,
    I tried this recipe last evening and let’s just say Matumbo will feature more often in my family menus. I hope you are aware of the magic your recipes bring to our families.
    Be blessed.

  19. wow my fav chef pleas follow my blog I love your food and I tried that garlic rosemary carrots I added a twist to it I added pineapple gracious God it was so mom nom😍😍

  20. hi

    I only love the blanket part of the matumbo. just dont know how to find it.


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