World Food Challenge

Day 20: Bhutan and its Ema Datshi

Good evening, Raffies!

20 days into the challenge and only 177 dishes to go. Time flies…
Today we enjoyed some nice Italian sun and plunged into one of the world’s happiest countries: Bhutan.


The national dish of Bhutan, Ema Datshi, is a very special cheese and hot peppers’ stew, which is served with red rice. I must admit that it turned out quite hot, spicier than we would have expected, but, nevertheless, it was very tasty and much appreciated by the whole family. It is a very spicy dish, since “ema” means “chili” and “datshi” means “cheese” in Dzongkha.

If you are not that heat resistant, you may use milder varieties of chilies. 😉

If you are curious about this dish, this recipe might help you out.


250 g green chilies, cut lengthwise into four

1 onion, sliced

1 1/3 cups water

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tomatoes, chopped

150 g blue cheese

150 g feta cheese

5 cloves of garlic, crushed

3 stalks of cilantro

1 cup red rice, ideally Bhutanese rice

Start by washing the rice and add it in a pot with 1.5 times as much water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook it for 20 minutes. The whole liquid should be absorbed.

In the meantime, take the chilies and onion and in a skillet, with the water and the oil, cook it on medium heat.

After approximately 10 minutes, add the garlic and tomato. Cook for 5 more minutes and add the cheese, which you will have cut into chunks or dice. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and serve with the rice.

Are you familiar with recipes from Bhutan? Do you like spicy food? Let me know in the comments below.




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