The most famous dish of  Bhutan is  the classy Ema Datsi ( Ema means Chilli and Datsi means cheese) Fresh cottage cheese would give it more flavor and taste.

I love dried chilli especially for ema datsi. Red or green chillies will always hold a special place in my kitchen as they add so much flavor and texture and chilli never go out of season.

Serves 4- I had to prepare a large amount because I had friends coming over for dinner.

Ingredients: ( you can also use ginger and coriander leaves)

  1. 6 dried red chillies
  2. 3 garlic cloves- crushed or sliced
  3. 1/2 onion finely sliced
  4. 3-4  cheese slices
  5. salt
  6. 3 tablespoon cooking oil
  7. spring onion



  1. Cut chillies into half as shown in the image below;


2. Finely chop onion, garlic and spring onion


3. Then put all ingredients into a pot ( except garlic), add a cup of cold water,salt to taste and 3 tablespoon of cooking oil. I am using olive oil here. Bring to boil in medium heat.


4.  Add cheese ( 3-4 slices) after 5 minutes of cooking with the lid on.


5. When the cheese starts to melt, add garlic, put lid on for 2 minutes, stir and turn off the heat.


6. Ready to serve with rice. You can also serve it with toast and roti ( Indian bread)


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