Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ema Datshi

Ema Datshi is a national dish of Bhutan. It is traditionally screaming hot, as are most Bhutanese dishes, but it is very good and also a perfect way to liven up any dinner party you want to give. I originally got this recipe from a British friend who didn't warn me ahead of time just how hot it is, and while I am not generally a fan of really hot foods, I found this to be delicious! If you can't stand hot, spicy foods, leave this one alone. If you can, you'll thank me for sharing this.

8 ounces chili peppers (green and of medium hotness, cut lengthwise)
1 onion, chopped lengthwise
2 tomatoes
8 ounces Danish Feta cheese (The cheese used in the Bhutanese recipe cannot be found outside Bhutan.)
5 cloves of garlic, finely crushed
3 leaves of cilantro
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups cooked red or white rice

Put the chilies and chopped onions in a pot of water (about 12 ounces). Add the vegetable oil. Then boil on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add tomato and garlic and boil for another 2 minutes.

Add cheese and let it remain for 2-3 minutes.

Add coriander and turn off the heat. Stir. Put a lid on the pot for another 2-3 minutes.

Serve a plate at a time on a bed of red or white rice.


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