I get asked what my favorite place in the world is often, and my answer depends on the scope of the question. If it's about nature, Bhutan is, without a doubt, my favorite place in the world. A small mountain kingdom nestled in the Himalayas between India and China. The sheer scale of the mountains and the unspoiled natural beauty is unlike anything I've ever seen. Add to that a warm population that hasn't fully succumbed to the corrupting influences of capitalism, and it's a small piece of heaven on Earth.
Ema Datshi literally means "Peppers and Cheese" in Dzongkha, and it's the unofficial dish of Bhutan. Although it's often called "Bhutanese curry," it doesn't have any of the spices you'd typically associate with curry. Instead, it's a mixture of peppers cooked in a cheese sauce. The types of peppers used can vary from fresh mildly spicy ones to face-meltingly spicy dried chilies, and even the cheese that's used can vary from region to region.
I like using a mix of spicy and sweet peppers for my version, which makes for a nice juxtaposition to the rich cheesy gravy. Of course, if you can take the heat, you can adjust the mix of peppers you use accordingly.
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