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Ema Datshi Chili 'n' Cheese
Kewa Datshi Potatoes 'n' Cheese

Ah, what better way to start this page than with a recipe for ema datshi. Some say that if you have been to Bhutan but have not eaten ema datshi then you have not been to Bhutan. This dish is distinctly Bhutanese and one of our favourites.

  • Ema Datshi(Chili 'n' Cheese)
    Contributer: Kunzang Namgyel.

    250g of chillies (green and of medium hotness)
    1 onion chopped longitudinally
    2 tomatoes
    250g Danish Fetta cheese
    5 cloves of garlic, finely crushed
    3 leaves of coriander
    2 tspoon vegetable oil

    Cut chillies longitudinally (1 chilli = 4 pcs). Put these chillies and chopped onions in a pot of water (approx. 400 ml). Add 2 teaspoon vegetable oil. Then boil in medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add tomato and garlic and boil for another 2 mins. Add cheese and let it remain for 2-3 mins. Finally add coriander and turn off the heat. Stir. Keep it closed for 2 mins. And then you are ready for a treat of good Ema Datshi.
    Serves 3. As always, serve with a generous portion of red rice or polished white rice, along with some other dish.

    Note: The cheese that is actually used cannot be found outside Bhutan. They are a local farmer's cheese with a unique texture that doesn't dissolve when put in boiling water. None of the Bhutanese outside Bhutan that I know have found a good substitute yet. Other's have suggested "farmer's cheese" or a mixture of various kinds of cheeses.
    This dish is VERY HOT.

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  • Kewa Datshi(Potatoes 'n' Cheese)
    Yeah, we love our cheese!

    4 Potatoes
    1/3 cup of cheese, (swiss, farmers or almost any kind of white cheese)
    1/4 cup of chopped red onions
    1 tbs oil
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp chilli powder (vary amount according to your tolerance)

    Directions: Cut potatoes into small pieces (I prefer them about the size of my little finger but you don't know how big my finger is). Put the potatoes along with some oil and salt in a saucepan or pot. Add 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Cut the cheese into small pieces and when potatoe is almost cooked, add the cheese. You can add some chooped onions and tomatoes to taste. Don't forget the chilli powder.
    You don't want too much water in this dish but don't let it dry up completely either. Add little water everytime it gets low.

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