Lime Chilli Pasta Twist (& More)

I am developing a fetish for lime. And the surprising thing about it is that it is by no means a monogamous fruit – oh no, it’s naughty enough to mix with just about anything that wishes to stand by it.  Well, maybe not to that extent, but not far off.  Today I wanted to cross the boarders with my buds, I wanted to really be free with my culinary instinct, and you know, it never seems to let me down.  I cannot tell you how delicious this tastes truly, I cannot. So please trust me, just go make it.  If you thank me for nothing else, you will be pleased to know that this little heaven of a dish is sooooo easy to make it almost doesn’t deserve to taste so darn good !!!  But there you have it, from my kitchen to yours !

Serves 2 as a main course

around 8 plum ripe tomatoes (just remove the green top heads, but leave them whole)
4 to 5 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
1 heaped Tbsp Indian lime pickle (a must) – I used Patak’s brand, that can be purchased in asian food stores, and also supermarkets
2 tsp molasses
a little Himalayan salt, or sea salt, to taste (it won’t need much as the pickle is salty already)
2 Tbsp tomato paste/puree
1 cup sweetcorn, drained if using tinned
lots of freshly chopped cilantro (coriander) for garnishing – another must
1 slice fresh lime, to squeeze prior to serving


  1. Process the garlic in a food processor until very finely chopped. Then add your tomatoes, one at a time, and process them, before adding your olive oil and Indian lime pickle.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat for about half a minute, then pour in your processed tomato mixture. Lower the heat, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Then add the tomato paste, and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile cook your pasta (100g -125g per person, or more for a hungry appetite).
  5. Now add the sweetcorn, and after a couple of minutes taste it for salt and sweetness.
  6. Drain your pasta, rinse with cold water, shake well in a colander, and add it to the sauce.
  7. Garnish with cilantro/coriander, and sit back and enjoy !

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  1. Delicious, thanks for posting

  2. Hi there Denise, welcome here and glad you enjoyed this ! Best wishes your way !

  3. Really now, this sounds amazing! I never knew lime could be so, flirty 😉
    Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Hi there FLI Nina, thanks for dropping by here. I have to say that this worked on every level, and as it’s very easy to prepare I hope you try it out soon. Let me know how it goes if so, as and when. Best wishes your way !

  5. Michael (from Facebook)

    Shared on Facebook! 🙂

    Something good for the winter – a warm, hearty dish with lime refreshment! Remember this at summer cookouts too! 🙂

  6. Hi there Michael and thanks for dropping by here. I have to agree wholeheartedly with your comment and very aptly put. Best to you and once again thank you for sharing this recipe too !

  7. My brother is vegan and I’m constantly looking for recipes for him. Glad to have found your site.

  8. Hi there Lisa and thanks for dropping by here with your comment. As it happens many share my recipes, both vegans and non-vegans and all the in-betweens. Best wishes your way !

  9. Wow, that was a wonderful dinner. I’m a very novice chef, but this was fun to make and tasted wonderful. Thank you for this recipe, others I’ve used, and the many yet to come!

  10. Jimi Hi there and welcome here. I am delighted that you made and enjoyed this recipe of mine as well as others too – it is fun to make you’re right, and rewarding as a taste. I very much look forward to your future comments on my blog. Best wishes your way in the meantime !

  11. Hi Miriam,
    I wish to join your new monthly newsletter.

    Best regards,

  12. Astrid Hi there and welcome here. I have just added you to our new monthly newsletter due out some weeks from now (do bear with us as the response to it has been somewhat overwhelming) ! 🙂

  13. Easy! And a nice variation on the usual pasta/tomato taste. I’ll be making this again thank you.

  14. Frab Hi there and welcome here. One can really only describe this pasta dish as quite unique and I am glad that you have implied as much as I agree with you. Hope you enjoy my other dishes too (I have an amazing salad where I work with the same culinary principal, ie the use of lime chilli as part of the dressing). Best wishes your way and I look forward to your future comments on my blog !


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