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Ema Datshi

Ema Datshi
Thursday, 17 September 2009


This is Bhutanese Comfort Food! It may also be the simplest dish you will ever make. Read more about the unique culture and food of Bhutan here.


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Cooking Method

4 tablespoons butter (divided)
1 large red onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups small, hot, finger-size green chiles (Bhutanese
Jitshe chiles or Ancho chiles)
1 cup water
6 ounces Bhutanese
Datshi or crumbled mild goat cheese 
6 ounces grated pecorino or Gouda cheese 
4 small potatoes, peeled, sliced 1/4" thick and cooked in salted water
1/2 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp. flour


In a heavy pan over high heat, add the onions, garlic and green chiles with half of the butter and stir briefly so the butter coats the ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer until ingredients are just soft. Add the water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the cheese but do not stir it in. Cover and let sit on the stove for 5 minutes. Now add the cooked, hot potatoes and remaining butter (do not stir) and let sit covered for an additional couple of minutes. Add the milk mixed with the flour, stir gently and serve hot.

Additional Tips

Ema Datshi, Bhutanese comfort food (front dish).


In Bhutan, this dish is typically served with a spicy condiment called Esay Paste. Find the recipe here.


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