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    Bhutanese Cheese Curry (Ema Daji)

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    55 mins

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    35 mins

    lynnski / LA's Note:

    This dish is usually made very hot in Bhutan, however when I make it it's with jalapenos and fewer chilies. Adjust to your own taste. The cheese used in Bhutan is Churpi, which is a cross between farmer's cheese and feta. Since it is not widely available, feta is substituted in this recipe. This unusual soup-like curry is rich and warming on a cool day. Recipe adapted from the book, "Mangoes and Curry Leaves " by the team of Alford and Duguid.

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    1. 1
      Put the chiles, onion, water and oil in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
    2. 2
      Cover, reduce the heat slightly and cook at a strong simmer for 15 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the tomatoes and garlic and bring back to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are melting into the liquid and the garlic has softened.
    4. 4
      Add the cheese and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes.
    5. 5
      Stir, remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
    6. 6
      this is best served warm, not hot.
    7. 7
      Stir in coriander leaves (cilentro), add salt and pepper to taste and serves.
    8. 8
      This is usually served with Bhutanese red rice, but it is also good with plain rice accompanied with a stir fried green vegetable.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 04, 2010


      This is fantastic. I used Mozzarella as cheese substitute for the Churpi and a little bid of ginger which gives even more flavour.

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    Nutritional Facts for Bhutanese Cheese Curry (Ema Daji)

    Serving Size: 1 (190 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 5

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 149.7
    Calories from Fat 76
    Total Fat 8.5 g
    Saturated Fat 4.8 g
    Cholesterol 26.9 mg
    Sodium 347.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    Sugars 7.6 g
    Protein 6.6 g

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