Monday, 17 December 2012

Kewa Datsi - Bhutanese Potatoes and Cheese Curry

Kewa Datsi - Bhutanese Potatoes and Cheese Curry

Bhutanese food as I said before are very simple affair. People are happy with Rice, and some curry at the end of the day. But because of the hill sides are carpeted with fresh green grass, they take an advantage of it and raise a lot of live stock, specially, goat and sheep. These animals despite of providing meat provides fresh milk in large quantity, a part of which is transferred into cheese. Thus the use of cheese is pretty common in Bhutanese cuisine. This dish I am sharing with all of you today is made from fresh home-made cheese from the highlands of Bhutan. This simple dish takes minutes to cook and tastes excellent with freshly baked breads or even rice. So when you are in mood for something easy yet nourishing, think about Kewa Datsi.

Preparation Time :  10 minutes
Cooking time       :  15 minutes
Difficulty              :   Very Easy
Serves                  :    4

Ingredients :

  • 4 Potatoes
  • 1/3 cup of Cheese, (Swiss, farmers or almost any kind of white cheese. I generally mix two or more varieties together)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped Red Onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Spring Onions
  • 1 1/2 cup Water 
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder (vary amount according to your tolerance)  


Method :

  1) Cut potatoes into small pieces. I prefer to cut them into uniform cubes.

  2) Heat a medium pot over medium - high heat.

  3) Add oil to the hot pot, followed by the cubed Potatoes,onions and salt. Stir them well for a couple of minutes till potatoes start to sweat.

  4) Add 1 and 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to boil. Once it starts to boil, bring down the heat to low and cover for 5 -7 minutes.

  5) Cut the cheese into small pieces and set aside.

  6) At the end of 7 minutes, remove the cover and check the potatoes, they are almost cooked by now. Add the chopped cheese to the potatoes and mix well.

  7) This is the right time to add the chili powder. Mix well again.

  8) By this time your potatoes are fully cooked, but there should not be too much water in this dish but don't let it dry up completely either.

  9) Serve this dish hot with a generous sprinkling of Spring Onions and serve with fresh bread or Rice.

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