Kewa Datshi (Bhutanese Dish)


Not the best picture, I know, but it tastes sooo good! Kewa Datshi - literally meaning potatoes and cheese - is a delicious thick gravy-like Bhutanese dish that is made up of potatoes, chiles, and cheese. Serve it like a soup or along with rice! I had it for the first time when I visited Bhutan and fell in live with its flavors. This is my recreation of that dish and tastes almost the same. An authentic kewa datshi is very spicy but in this recipe I have toned it down as I cannot handle that much spice. But you can adjust the amount of chiles to your liking. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
27 mins
Total Time:
47 mins
2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or as desired

  • 4 chile peppers, slit and coarsely chopped, or more to taste

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 3 cups water, or more if needed

  • ½ teaspoon chile pepper powder

  • salt or to taste

  • 1 cup grated fresh cheese

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat; cook and stir chile peppers and garlic until golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir potatoes into onion mixture until potatoes are coated in oil.

  2. Pour water over potato mixture and season with chile pepper powder and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, adding more water if needed but keeping the gravy thick, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle fresh cheese over the gravy; slowly stir until cheese melts and spreads evenly, about 5 minutes. Garnish dish with red pepper flakes.

Cook's Note:

This dish tastes best if you can find Bhutanese datshi cheese in place of the fresh cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

538 Calories
25g Fat
61g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 538
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 279mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 268mg 1,340%
Calcium 436mg 34%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 1507mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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