Cucumber salad: Bhutanse style

Cucumber salad: (Bhutanese style)

It’s been a while since I have posted any recipes. Hope you enjoy this one. Today’s recipe that I am sharing with you is a cucumber salad with feta cheese. It is also great with Mexican cotija cheese. This dish is very common in Bhutan and we usually pair it with rice and curry with cucumber salad on the side. Basically you can pair with anything you like. I think it will be great on a burrito too. 



what’s cooking? :)

Hi there lovely,

What’s cooking? literally :) . I am making some Indian/Nepali/Bhutanese chicken for lunch. Can’t wait to try. :p I am cooking outside on my grill stove because I don’t want to stink up the house. ESP. When I use Indian spices.

why? the food might be delicious but when the smell sticks to your clothes, IT is NOT a pleasant smell.

Anyhow, I got this recipe from my bro in law when I was on my vacation last winter. It was so good I had to ask for his recipe.
As much as I like meat, I was thinking I might turn vegan just because I wasn’t able to eat it after I cooked it. My husband loved it but to me, that smell before I cooked still stayed so I couldn’t eat it.
It gave it away when i had chicken at my sisters, that my brother-in-law had cooked. Plus, organic chicken makes it so much more tasteful.
I gave it a little twist so I am naming it Indian/Nepali/Bhutanese curry.Have a lovely day!!!

Doggy Treats

Hey guys, today I am going to share a yummy doggy treat recipe with you. My mother-in-law shared it with me coz’ she makes it for her her toy schnauzer. I don’t have a dog yet :( but I love making these treats for my doggy friends. Its a simple recipe and its been field tested. ;) I know your pups will love it. (people can eat them too :)
I made them for our friends puppies. They are very adorable and well behaved pups. Love watching them whenever. They love coming over to their aunt’s house :) also.
11/2 cup flour
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp oil
Knead into a firm ball, roll out to 1/4″ thick. Cut into shapes and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

This is what it looks like after its done. You will see your doggie friends waiting for their yummy cookies because the room is full of sweet roasted peanut butter aroma.
Just to show you how adorable they are :)

Bhutanese Ema_Datsi

Ema_Datsi the national dish!
For all the spicy food lovers :P……., I wanted to share this special, very simple recipe with you. This is one of my favorites and also happens to be my national dish.
Its dried red Bhutanese chili. It is very spicy and very tasty but not as spicy as habanero chili. Ema datsi (pronounced as  Ema Dah’ t’shee). Unfortunately, we do not get it here but using dried red Mexican chili or dried Yidu red chili should work. For those kind, you will have to cook couple minutes more since they are thicker than Bhutanese chili.
1. Wear some plastic gloves and shred the chilies (6 chilis for one person since my husband does not eat spicy) with your fingers into an inch size.
2. In a pan/pot, heat about 2 table spoon of butter and before it melts, add garlic and stir for couple of minutes until it turns brownish.
3.After the garlic is little golden brown, add the chilies, salt and stir to coat the butter. Add 1/4 cup of water or less and cover for one minute or two. About 3-4 for Chinese or Mexican thicker red chillies.
4. After couple of minutes, when the chilis are little cooked, add about a table spoon of parmasen cheese and stir.
5. Right after that, add a slice of American cheese, cover it and turn the gas off.
After couple of minutes, as the cheese melts away, just give it a stir and serve with rice.

Bhutanese style dried beef and cauliflower soup

This is so light and YUMMY!
Dried beef and cauliflower soup. I dried my meat on Dehydrator and Jerky Maker I have had this for 2 years now and it works really good.
You will need:
1. dried beef or pork or even chicken
2. half cauliflower
3. tiny pinch of turmeric
4. 10 garlic cloves
5. 1/2 table spoon of ginger garlic paste
6. 1 slice of american cheese
7. 1 shredded table spoon of parmesan cheese
8. 1 table spoon of olive oil/butter/vegetable oil. (pick healthier)
9. chili powder
10. salt to taste
1.Cut beef into 1/2 inch length
2. Add 5 garlic cloves, salt, 1/2 to 1 table spoon of chili powder, 1/2 table spoon oil, Cook in pressure cooker for 10 minutes or until meat is tender
3. After meet is tender (when opening the pressure cooker, run it under the water to open it easily and saftely) add 4-5 more garlic cloves, and tomatoes.
4. When the tomatos are cooked, add cauliflower and cover for couple of minutes.
5.After couple of minutes, add 1 slice of american cheese and 1 table spoon of parmesan cheese and cover it. Turn the stove off. Cauliflower doesn’t need to cook more than that, other wise it will start to break.
7.After 3-5 minutes. stir and taste for salt.

Indian style beef stew

Serve with rice or with some delicious tandoori nun roti or any kind of bread.

Things you need: salt, tomatoes, 1 whole onion chopped (if the onion is big, just half should be enough), ground cumin, chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, vegetable oil, any kind of meat masala, mine is Shan chops/steaks mix (brought from Indian grocery), if nothing, just ground cumin works good.

1.Boil the cubes of beef with water level upto the meat. Scoop out that stuff after few minutes of boiling.
2. Add everything in: I normally throw the ingredients in there. But to be particular i believe, I use around 3/4-1 lbs beef. Use about 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of meat masala (optional). half chopped onion or full if its small. one full large tomato, 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric, chili powder depends on how spicy you want (1/4 teaspoon is mild), 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon of oil (if you have a fatty cut of meat, you shouldn’t need it).

Hope you like it.

3. Cover and set timer for 15 minutes. (Do not have to add water if you are cooking in a pressure cooker)
4. After 10-15 minutes, check your stew. Pour water over the pressure cooker to open safely.
5.This is what it should look like. Meat is done here but if you want it more tender, cook for little bit more. (I did for 5ive more minutes)
6. And serve :)

Home made Mango Boba tea

Home made Mango Boba tea. 
Warning: chocking hazard. Be careful when you sip boba through a straw. It’s a rare case but still be careful :) Esp. with kids. 
I got the dried boba from Asian store. You should be able to get it in any Asian store, if you are not sure, call before you go. You don’t know how excited I was when I saw this at the Asian store. Never saw this before or maybe never noticed. Anyways, I am glad I bought and tried it. I loved it and my husband says its better than store bought. :) 
You need:
black tea
mango pulp
1. Boil a cup of water with black tea and sugar (Sugar is optional if you don’t want it sweetened). Set it aside or chill in the fridge after you get this color. 
2. Boil boba for five minutes (literally. Isn’t that awesome?) Package has to say Five minutes boba. If not, you might have to boil longer. 
3.Take it out after it is soft and done. 
4.Pour boba in a glass and pour your tea. See how dark it is? I made it very sweet and dark because you will be adding ice later.
5. Add mango pulp. (Got the mango pulp in a can from Indian Grocery. You should be able to get it from other stores as well)
6. Stir and add some more mango pulp or tea which ever you prefer. Add some ice and sip it.. YUM. isn’t it. It’s very simple.