ema datshi
Ema Datshi
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Ema Datshi, the national dish of Bhutan is a deliciously spicy stew made of chili peppers, onions and locally produced yak cheese.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian, Bhutanese, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 people
Author: Nisha Ramesh
  • 10 oz. chili peppers (spicy Thai green/red chilies and jalapeño)
  • 1 red onion , sliced
  • 1 tomato , sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic , crushed
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 10 oz cheese , grated (a combination of feta, cheddar or farmers cheese)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water (to cook the veggies)
  1. Heat a pan and add butter. Add the sliced onion, tomato and chillies. Give them a quick toss and the water. Season them with salt. Cover and cook until the peppers become tender. 

  2. Turn off the flame and add the cheese and let it melt in the residual heat. 

  3. Serve it over a bed of red or white rice. 

Recipe Notes
  • For a flavorful dish, use a combination of chillies like Anaheim, jalapeño, and green chilies (Thai or Indian variety).
  • Increase or reduce the amount of chillies based on your tolerance for heat. You can also remove the pith and ribs to reduce the heat quotient
  • You can use any type of cheese especially one that melts. Avoid using stringy cheese like mozzarella. A combination of farmer’s cheese, blue cheese & cheddar would be good.