Ema Datshi

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Translation: Bhutanese Chili-Cheese Stew

Alternate Spellings: Ema Dashi

Cuisine: Bhutanese

Recipe Type: Soup

Average User Rating: 1.09 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegetarian

The national dish of Bhutan, this stew of hot peppers and cheese is extremely unique. It is usually made with a type of Bhutanese farmer's cheese, which can be approximated in the West by using queso fresco or feta cheese. If you can't handle super spicy food, try using poblanos in place of the hot peppers.


1/2 lb. hot green chilis (jalapenos, serranos, Thai chilis - your choice depending on heat tolerance)
1 medium sweet onion, diced small
3/4 cups water
1/2 lb. Danish feta cheese
2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 tomatoes, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


Remove seeds and ribs from chilis and cut chilis lengthwise into 4 slices each. Place chilis and onion in water with vegetable oil. Boil 10 minutes. Add tomato and garlic and simmer for 2 more minutes. Add cheese and simmer on low for 2 more minutes - enough to blend the cheese without completely melting it. Add cilantro and stir. Serve with Bhutanese red rice.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2-4

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I was able to enjoy it. Of course it's not as delicious as the real McCoy out in Bhutan, but I enjoy it. I'm trying it again next time with the Denish feta cheese I used an American made feta. Dont know if that will make a big difference??

Recipe Rating: 3 Stars

User: Marie
5:36 pm

awesome dish with... bhutanees dishes will be very tasty hot hot .........

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: mohamed abdullah
2:50 pm

Vegetarian Ema Datshi Recipe - Average User Rating: 1.09 / 5 - 2 Ratings, 2 Reviews