Bhutanese Ema Datshi Recipe | National Food of Bhutan
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Bhutanese Ema Datshi Recipe

Bhutan’s most well-liked dish is termed as Ema Datshi. Within the Bhutanese language, Ema is Chilli and Datshi is cheese. This fiery stew of chilli and cheese is completely beloved among the Bhutanese that it has gained cookery prominence because of the national food of the country.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bhutanese
Keyword: bhutan, bhutan food, bhutan national food, bhutanese food, chillies and cheese recipe, ema datshi, ema datshi recipe, how to make ema datshi
Servings: 2


  • 9-10 Green chillies/Red Chillies
  • 1 Sliced Onion
  • 1/2 Sliced tomato
  • 5-6 Garlic crushed/sliced
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 4-5 tbsp Cheese, grated (a combination of American cheese and Farmer cheese)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Water to cook
  • 2-3 Onion leaves (optional)
  • 2-3 Garlic leaves (optional)


  • Add the sliced onion, tomato, garlic, chillies, oil, salt and water in the pan. Cover the pan with the lid and cook it for 3-4 mins with the high flame.
  • Turn off the flame and add the cheese and let it melt in the residual heat.
  • Stir it thoroughly and your Ema datsi is ready.


- Add cheese and chilli according to your taste.
- Also, keep a bottle of water with you while eating the dish. You’ll thank me later!