Ema Datse (Chilly Cheese) Bhutan's National dish

Hi everyone,
Today I am going to share the recipe of Ema Datse with you all. Most of us are not aware of this excellent Bhutan's dish which is excellent for cold weather and for cold treatment. I love having this dish as breakfast or night's dinner or anytime of the day. In Bhutan people have it with every meal. Its really really really healthy!

Ingredients: ( for 2 servings)
1. 2 medium onions, cut into long slices
2. 3-4 Green chillies
3. 2 Medium tomatoes, cut into long slices
4.  one capsicum, cut into long slices
5. Fresh green Spinach leaves, the quantity after cutting should be equal to those of the tomatoes. Cut spinach as you like.
6. One tbsp ghee or clarified butter or normal butter will do although the dish will taste a little different.
7. 1-2 tbsp cream cheese ( the Bhutanese use a spl chesse, but i have seen this gives the flavor atleast, you can use normal cheese to)
8. 1/4 tbsp pepper powder.
9. A pinch of turmeric
10. Salt to taste (at least 3/4 tbsp)

1. Heat ghee in a deep frying pan till its melted completely. 
2. Split the green chillies from middle or break each chilly into 2 pieces and add to ghee, cook the chillies till they are totally fried. Now you can either leave the chillies in the pan or throw them away. The point of frying them is to remove their heat, yet retain their flavor. So enjoy the taste of green chilly but no need to worry about the acidity :D
3. Next add the onions to fry in the pan. The flame should be kept on high always and onions should be tossed around constantly. Repeat tossing till onions edge starts developing brown color at places and you get a nice aroma.
4. Throw in the spinach leaves at this stage and lower the flame and let the spinach leaves get cooked, after about one minute or so add the cut capsicum.
5. Put the flame back on high and fry for 1-2 mins.
6. Add in the cut tomatoes and fry for about one minute.
7. Add the black pepper,salt, cheese and turmeric and mix thoroughly & fry for about one minute.
8. Add 1 glass of water or as much water as you would like and bring to boil. Boil for 1-2 mins and tadaa! :D

You have your perfect food for cold weather. You can even add shredded/cut pieces of boiled chicken and cook alongside onions if you are a non vegetarian. Adjust the salt according to taste and increase black pepper quantity to 1/2 tbsp n turmeric to 1/4 tbsp.

The dish is really really good, healthy and delicious, it tastes excellent with momos! 

So everyone enjoy this recipe and happy cooking :)

If you have any comments pls feel free to post them. Good or bad I would love to hear them all :)
So have fun and happy cooking everyone :)

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