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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Tripe Soup ( Ciorba De Burta )

One of the more unique recipes of Romania is tripe soup.It is made with cow tripe,garlic and various ingredients but has a stable base which i am going to present in the following article.It is a more festive dish done maybe a few times per year but unmistakable in aspect and taste it is wonderful. Hope you will enjoy it as much as i do and put your prejudices aside and try it i am sure you will love it.For this recipe you will need :

-1,5kg of Tripe ( You can get it in a supermarket and it is precooked)
-1 Carrot
-1 Parsnip
-1 Onion ( we usually use brown onions )
-6-7 Cloves of Garlic (adjust this quantity according to taste)
-450 ml of Heavy Sour Cream
-Salt
-Pepper
-Thyme
-1-2 Bay Leaves
-1 Pickled Red Bell Pepper
-1 Tablespoon of sunflower Oil
-About 3l of Water
-1 Teaspoon of Vinegar ( Balsamic Vinegar works nicely)




Preparation:Thoroughly clean the tripe under a stream of cold water.Prepare a large pressure pot and add the water, tripe,carrot,onion,pepper,bay leaf and a few strips of pickled red bell pepper  and let it simmer on a low heat for about 1 hr- 1 and 1/2 hrs.In the meanwhile chop up the garlic cloves,mix them with salt and a little bit of balsamic vinegar and using a mortar and pestle grind them up in a smooth paste.Remove the tripe and vegetables from the pot and strain the liquid that remains and place it again  in the pot to boil.Cut the tripe into thin slices and the boiled pickled red bell pepper.Take the heavy sour cream and mix it with the garlic paste in a bowl.In that bowl place a few spoons of hot tripe soup to heat up the mixture and pour it all in the pot stirring continuously.Let it boil for a few more minutes till the garlic is cooked and has spread its aroma.Serve hot with added sour cream and vinegar,also garlic paste can be served aside for the people which like it with a more zing.Enjoy your meal.

Tip: Serve with hot peppers it is delicious,you can even place a few slices in the serving bowl.

Wish you all the best.
Flo.

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